Robin Hood Festival 2019 ( Image: Richard Tatham)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 36th Robin Hood Festival will not be taking place this summer.

Last year’s Festival welcomed thousands of fans of the legendary outlaw. Visitors to Sherwood Forest enjoyed food and drink stalls, craft stands, minstrels and strolling street performers and many more activities.

Robin Hood Festival 2019 Day 6 (Video:Robin Hood Festival Facebook page)

Following Boris Johnson’s public address on March 23rd enforcing a nationwide lockdown, many events in the UK have been cancelled.

Two days after the Prime Minister’s speech, the Robin Hood Festival Team gave an update on  Sherwood Forest‘s website saying they ”were keeping a close eye on government guidelines to see what is happening with other summer festivals around the UK”.

”Please be assured that the Festival will be back next year”
Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council

The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who is currently deputising for the Prime Minister  until he fully recovers from the disease, has announced a further extension of the lockdown for ”at least” another three weeks.

Nottinghamshire County Council and the RSPB team which is responsible for organising the week long event, have now decided that given there’s no end date for the lockdown, and the continued need to protect people’s lives, it would be best to reschedule the Robin Hood  Festival for next year.

 

First day of Robin Hood Festival 2019      (Image: Richard Tatham)

Gemma Howarth,a senior site manager at Sherwood told West Bridgford Wire:  In light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation and for the safety and well-being of all of our staff, volunteers, performers, traders and visitors, we feel that cancelling this year’s festival is the responsible thing to do.

Councillor Kay Cutts, who is the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council told the same publication: ”We know that a lot of people will be saddened by this news, but please be reassured that the Festival will be back next year. Expect it to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before – a true celebration of our favourite icon Robin Hood, his Forest and the legends of Sherwood.”

The seven day festival would have taken place from August 3-9.