Crowds enjoy jousting tournament in Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood Festival continues
ALTHOUGH heavy rain put a slight dampener on events in Sherwood Forest today, a packed crowd watched the first jousting tournament of the week between Robin Hood's outlaws and the Sheriff of Nottingham's men at the Robin Hood Festival.
Visitors also enjoyed a lively falconry display, although the rain meant some of the birds were unable to fly.
The free event, which began on Monday, gives people the chance to sample medieval life and celebrate the life and times of Nottinghamshire legend Robin Hood.
Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, the festival, now in its 28th year, will take place until Sunday.
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Among the activities on offer at the family festival are the King John's Lost Loot puzzle, the Silver Arrow Challenge – an archery contest held under the Major Oak - and re-enactments of Robin and his Merry Men's battles against the Sheriff and his men.
More jousting tournaments and falconry displays will take place on Saturday and Sunday, while performers, musicians and entertainers will continue to roam the forest for the rest of the week.
Dr Patrick Candler, group manager for Country Parks and Green Estate, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "A year ago we realised how big the Olympics would be so we decided to reschedule the festival from the first week to the third week of August.
"It was the right decision because everyone who has been enjoying watching the fantastic success of London 2012 so far can now enjoy the real life experience of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest."
Steven Warrington, who plays Robin Hood, added: "The Robin Hood Festival is a fantastic free family event with lots to do in historic Sherwood Forest for everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone there!"
The event is free and takes place at Sherwood Forest Country Park, near Edwinstowe. Parking costs £5 all day. For more details go to www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhood