The world-famous Major Oak to host festival sponsored by the Woodhead Group

Join Nottinghamshire County Council and The Sherwood Forest Trust for the only festival in the world that is hosted by a tree!  The #MajorOakWoodlandFestival is free and takes place on September 16 and 17 at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

Now in its fourth year, The Major Oak Woodland Festival attracts people from all around the world where Sherwood Forest provides the unique back drop of amazing ancient oaks and beautiful birch that set this apart from other woodland festivals.

Once part of the Royal Forest of Sherwood, the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre is a marvelous wildlife area. It’s Britain’s Heart of Oak, and the jewel in Nottinghamshire’s environmental heritage crown.  This weekend of entertainments for all ages and the whole family brings together heritage crafts, traditional toys, tree surgeons, outdoor learning and environmental play, conservation organisations, as well as learning about bugs, critters and much, much  more.

Patrick Candler, Chief Executive Officer   from Sherwood Forest Trust said: “Come and enjoy what promises to be an enjoyable  weekend in Sherwood Forest – meet friendly bodgers,  charcoal burners, wood turners, conservation organisations and be inspired to get back to nature. It’s also your chance to find out if you are smarter than the Major Oak, so will you dare to ask this grand ancient oak tree a question? Come and help The Green Man wake the Major Oak from its slumbers! “

Sponsoring the Woodland Festival is the Woodhead Group Based in Edwinstowe House, which is home to more than 40 businesses in Edwinstowe. The Woodhead Group is an award-winning group of companies that specialise in Construction, Property Management and Regeneration. It is part of the company’s vision to celebrate and raise awareness for traditional heritage crafts, and we are proud and privileged to have their support. Robert Woodhead Limited is  the contractor who is presently developing a new car park and access road for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Woodhead Homes have also recently started on a new development “Rufford Pastures” in the village will provide new homes for market sale.

Councillor John Cottee, the Council’s Chairman of the Community and Place Committee  said: “Festival season continues at Sherwood Forest. On the back of the Robin Hood festival, this popular event is a great celebration of Sherwood Forest and our iconic Major Oak.  An array of fascinating traditional and modern woodland crafts and skills will be on display during the event “

The Festival runs from  11am – 4.00  each day  and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre can be located at  NG21 9HN.

The Festival is also supported by Newark and Sherwood District Council, who are proud to have Sherwood Forest as a major visitor attraction.

The Festival will also be supporting the national campaign for a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People which will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

There are parking charges:     Cars – £3 (including blue badge holders)

Motorbikes – £1
Minibus & coach – no charge

For further details, contact The Sherwood Forest Trust on 01623 821490 or e-mail at

To contact The Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre please ring 01623 823202