Famously associated with Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is in Nottinghamshire. Sherwood Forest occupies 375 acres of the National Nature Reserve and provides a home for hundreds of species of plants, trees, fungi, birds and insects. The forest is also the perfect place to visit hundreds of ancient oaks that have lived here for over 500 years. The oldest, the Major Oak, is thought to be around 1,000 years old.
Things to do in Sherwood Forest
While you’re camping in Sherwood Forest, you’ll need some activities to keep you busy during the day. We’ve collated some of our favourite things to do in Sherwood Forest.
1. Sherwood Forest Trekking Centre
At the Sherwood Forest Trekking Centre, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the forest on horseback, just like Robin Hood. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, you’ll see the sights of Britain’s most famous forest from a truly unique perspective. There are horses for all abilities and a variety of rides, from pleasure rides to faster paced treks. So pack a light bag, like our Packable Daypack, and go exploring on horseback.
2. Sherwood Forest Railway
The Sherwood Forest Railway is the only narrow gauge steam railway in Nottingham. You’ll find the railway nestled between Mansfield and the historic village of Edwinstone. The railway was built from the ground up by local enthusiasts and maintained by volunteers, it’s an incredibly family-oriented experience. You can enjoy a picturesque ride on a steam train and soak up the countryside views.
3. The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest
In the midst of Sherwood Forest you’ll find the Major Oak, the biggest oak tree in Britain. According to local folklore, the Major Oak is the exact tree that Robin Hood and his merry men slept under. Not only is the Major Oak significant to Sherwood Forest’s folklore, but this ancient oak is said to be around 1,000 years old. The Major Oak is just a 15 minute walk through the woods from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, following the Major Oak trail.
Sherwood Forest camping
From cabins to campsites, there are plenty of places to stay in Sherwood Forest. Sherwood Forest holidays have always been a popular way to explore this historic landscape and escape the bustle of everyday life.
1. Sherwood Pines camping in the forest
Sherwood Pines Camping is one of the best places to camp in Sherwood Forest. It comes very highly recommended for its easy access to forest walks and proximity to Go Ape Sherwood Pines. The facilities are good and the campsite accepts dogs, so nobody has to miss out on the adventure.
2. Sherwood Forest Holiday Park
For a relaxing stay amongst nature, look no further than Sherwood Forest Holiday Park. Situated on the bank of the River Maun, Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is a haven for campers and wildlife alike. During your stay, you’ll be surrounded by woodland, lakes and fields. They accept tents, caravans and motorhomes and the park is home to peacocks, ducks, swans and geese too. It’s the perfect base to explore Sherwood Forest with your family.
3. Silverhill Woodland Retreat
Situated just south of Silverhill Wood, Silverhill Woodland Retreat offers a range of camping pitches, grass with electric, hardstanding pitches with their own water taps and glamping tents. There are plenty of routes to walk and cycle directly from Silverhill Woodland Retreat and the site offers electric hook up, a children’s play area, laundry facilities and wifi on site. They also offer discount for the over 60s and children under 6 years old camp for free.
Best places to eat near Sherwood Forest
If you’re an experienced camper, nothing beats a meal cooked fresh over the campfire. If you’re less experienced, or just appreciate good food and a night off, we think you’ll enjoy this selection of some of the best places to eat near Sherwood Forest just as much.
Based in Edwinstone, Launay’s Restaurant is known for its welcoming atmosphere and charming character. It’s a cosy spot to eat and drink and their roast dinner comes highly recommended. As well as creating a menu bursting with English and French favourites, they also boast a versatile wine list so there will be something for everyone.
2. Fables Coffee House
This coffee house and cake bar claims to be ‘the home of the cinnamon roll’ and their daytime menus include all of the breakfast, brunch and lunchtime favourites. Fables coffee house is a quaint place to eat and drink, it’s small but perfectly formed with lovely staff and delicious food. They also have an impressive cocktail menu if you’re looking to unwind with something a little more sophisticated.
3. The Hay Barn Cafe
Situated in Newark-on-Trent, the Hay Barn Cafe is a truly rural setting with wonderfully rustic charm. The food is freshly prepared, reliably delicious and the welcome is always warm. The Hay Barn Cafe boasts lots of local regulars who enjoy the menu and the scenery time and time again. It’s also the perfect place to check out local, artisan producers because the Hay Barn Cafe also displays locally made products for guests to explore.