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A popular bus service which takes thousands of people from Arnold to Sherwood Forest each year has been named as the official travel partner for this year’s annual Robin Hood Festival. 

The Sherwood Arrow, managed by Stagecoach, provides regular and direct links between Retford, Worksop, New Owlerton, Arnold and Nottingham for more than 35,000 passengers each year.

For the 32nd Robin Hood Festival, organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, the service provides a fantastic way for the family to travel via public transport to Edwinstowe to explore the village and from where it’s just a short walk to enjoy all the medieval fun and capers of the free family festival – which takes place from August 1 to August 7.

Visitors will enjoy travelling on one of the buses – complete with a cartoon character adorning each of the four vehicles in the fleet – one for Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham respectively. The fun designs will all be in place on the vehicles by the time the festival starts.

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A Family Bus Explorer tickets cost £10 for two adults and up to three children, offering great value for a family day out on the bus to the country parks or Nottingham.

Andy Smith, Commercial Manager South for Stagecoach East Midlands said: “We already have a very good working partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and are pleased to be the official public transport provider for the annual Robin Hood Festival.

“Travelling by bus to an event like this is part of the day out experience and for £10, a family can enjoy the relaxed ride on a themed bus without the stress of driving.”

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Councillor Knight said: “It is great news that the Sherwood Arrow is the official travel partner for this year’s Robin Hood Festival. The new cartoon drawings of Robin Hood characters on each of the buses look fun as well and it’s another great way for Nottinghamshire’s famous outlaw to be celebrated.”

Councillor Greaves added: “The Sherwood Arrow provides an excellent service to enable bus passengers to visit local visitor attractions between Worksop and Nottingham such as Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest, and we are proud to be teaming up with Stagecoach as we prepare to enjoy the 32nd annual Robin Hood Festival.”

Stagecoach will be key guests at the festival during the week, bringing a roadshow stand complete with a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ style game where visitors can win a prize.

Around 40,000 visitors attended the Robin Hood Festival last year. Activities and events are spread across Sherwood Forest Country Park near Edwinstowe from 11am to 4pm each day. There is also an evening programme of entertainment during the week. The festival is free entry but with £5 parking and provides a great day out for the family.

Expect entertaining scuffles between the arch rivals, colourful displays with costumed characters and medieval music, craft stalls, storytelling, comedy and have a go archery. There are also falconry displays and live jousting tournaments on the Wednesday, Saturday and the Sunday.

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Find out more about this year’s festival by visiting Facebook: www.facebook.com/robinhoodfestival  and Twitter: @NottsCC #robinhoodfestival

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