Festival city Nottingham
In October, the leaves are turning and it’s always a pleasure to visit a forest and watch nature at play.
The good people of ’ Notts’ , descendants of Richard Lionheart and Robin Hood are outdoing themselves this October, offering visitors a choice of no less than 15 events and festivals, making it the No.1 Festival City of the UK.
Whether you like music, films, video games, food, drink, a medieval pageant or even a spooky tour, there is hardly any interest or entertainment that isn’t catered for during the month of October in the East Midlands city of Nottingham.
Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest
Nottingham Castle, the legendary robber Robin Hood or Sherwood Forest, all are either inspiration or venue for the many festivals unfolding during October.
No better place in the UK than Nottingham to head for in October, combing nature, history and an astonishing array of festivals.
The first highlight of an autumn visit to Nottingham should be Sherwood Forest, the hunting ground of legendary thief Robin Hood and the scene of his confrontation with the sheriff of Nottingham.
The forest comprises some 450 acres of mostly oak and birch trees with a visitor center and walking paths.
The most famous attraction of Sherwood Forest is England’s Tree of the Year, an enormous oak tree called Major Oak and estimated to be between 800 and 1000 years old.
Medieval Events, from August to September
The visitor center plays host to a Medieval Event, whereby costumed actors perform medieval combat skills right under the Major Oak.
Then head for Nottingham Castle to experience its history and to participate in the next event.
In the Middle Ages, the castle which is strategically located on a natural promontory overlooking the river Trent, was a major royal fortress but it was demolished in 1649.
The Duke of Newcastle then constructed a huge mansion on the site, which in turn burnt down in 1831.
The castle as you can see it today was reconstructed to serve as an art gallery and museum and enough of the original foundations have been preserved to give an impression of what the original castle as well as the mansion looked like.
Among the prettiest exhibits is a costume collection of the famous Nottingham lace.
International Robin Hood Day and Robin Hood Week
Of course Robin Hood and Nottingham are inseparable and therefore this week long festival should be number one.
Meet minstrels and the robber himself as well as members of his band of ‘Merry Men’ through out various parts of the city as well as enjoying events laid on by business to entertain the whole family, and bring to life the times of the Middle Ages.
Visit Malt Cross, a Victorian Music Hall near Old Market Square, which has been restored to its former glory.
Enjoy excellent food and drink whilst listening to live music every Tuesday evening.