The Robin Hood Pageant, now in its 38th year, has been completely re-imagined for 2019 and will be staged in a forest setting close to the historic Newstead Abbey for the first time ever whilst the Nottingham Castle is undergoing its £30m redevelopment.
This spectacular event will be themed around the power struggle between Nottingham’s best-loved outlaw and his arch-nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
The medieval experience will offer a diverse programme of entertainment including dramatic medieval re-enactments, a wealth of costumed period characters, historic demonstrations, hands-on activities, theatre and much more.
The Pageant will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019 (11am – 4pm), and discounted early bird tickets are available until Monday 2 September.
The unique and highly immersive experience will see the grounds of the historic Newstead Abbey transformed into a recreation of 12th century Nottingham – filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Robin Hood’s time.
There will also be the chance to come face-to-face with medieval minstrels, artisans and colourful characters, including the legendary Robin Hood himself. The aim is to depict the life and times of Nottingham’s iconic hero and some of the real historical figures of the time in a captivating and historically accurate manner, celebrating the legend and keeping it alive for future generations.
A diverse range of medieval characters will be wandering the grounds; all visitors can get an audience with the great King Richard I and learn about 11th-century cures from medieval field hospitaler Fra Justin, whilst avoiding less savoury characters such as the King’s Executioner and even the Medieval Gong Farmer, complete with cess bucket.
Dramatic re-enactments and combat demonstrations will include The Knights of Nottingham clashing on horseback and on foot, falconry shows and displays from the UK’s leading 12th-century re-enactment society, Historia Normannis, who will depict the lives of the Saxon outlaws and their Norman Overlords at the event in a number of interactive camps.
To find out more and purchase early bird tickets, head over to Visit Nottinghamshire – What’s On.
- Early Bird Adult (16+): £13.50 inc. booking fee
- Early Bird Child (2-15): £9.50 inc. booking fee
- Under 2s: Free
- Early Bird Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £40 inc. booking fee
Stephen Jackson, interim Chief Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire, told Revealing Britain: “This year’s Robin Hood Pageant is set to be a truly enchanting and spectacular event. One of the most engaging ways to learn about a historical period is to experience the sights, sounds and smells for yourself, and what better way to learn about Robin Hood than by stepping into his world? We’re confident that this event will inspire an interest in Robin Hood and his time in future generations as well as helping to keep the legend alive for years to come. This highly immersive and entertaining Pageant is expected to draw huge crowds, and we’re certainly looking forward to it here at Visit Nottinghamshire.”
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