, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre

On the road leading to the visitor centre, in the converted coach house and stables of Edwinstowe Hall, is Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre.  This centre is home to a variety of unusual crafts including textiles, fossils and gemstones, paintings, coppersmith, candles, fabric crafts, paper crafts, hand crafted chocolate, handmade soap and jewellery.  We also spotted a plastic free shop.  It’s a lovely place to buy unique gifts and souvenirs.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Isn’t that gate beautiful?

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Sherwood Forest Fun Park

Across the road from here is Sherwood Forest Fun Park, a traditional; family fair perfect for young children.  Read more about Sherwood Forest Fun Park here:

Snapshots of Sherwood Forest Fun Park

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The “Village Centre” of Edwinstowe

From here you come to Church Road and  the High Street of Edwinstowe.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

St Mary’s Church

We came to St Mary’s Church.  According to legend, this is where Robin Hood married Maid Marian.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

They are said to have been married under the arch of the doorway.  The original church was built in 633 AD and the present church build began in 1175 AD.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Can you spot the squirrel?

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

As it was Sunday, there was a service on during the time of our visit so we were unable to take a look inside the church.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The churchyard contains many figures and signs related to the Robin Hood story,

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Geocaching in Edwinstowe

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Close to the church there is a Geocache.  it took us a while to find it but we got there in the end.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Places to Stay and Eat in Edwinstowe

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We spotted lots of places to eat and drink in the village.  Next to the church is The Village Kitchen Cafe.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

There are lots of points of interest all around the village.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We passed Launay’s Restaurant and Bar.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The Forest Lodge Hotel, Restaurant and Bar.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The Royal Oak– a dog friendly pub.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The Black Swan Pub and Inn.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

“The Cottages” Sherwood Forest sleep 12- 14 people and look such a pretty place to stay.  I’d love to stay there on a family break.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

There is another cafe up the road from the cottages.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Edwinstowe has lots of independent shops, two that stood out to me were “Made with Love” (how fabulous is this pink bike) and Away with the Fairies witches shop.  There is also a Robin hood themed gift shop called Robin’s Den which is ran by the same family who run the fair.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Statue of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

The girls and I were captivated by the statue of Robin Hood proposing to Maid Marian.  We stopped and looked at it each time we passed.  It was sculpted by Neale Andrew a Northampton born British sculptor.  It was unveiled on 23rd July 1998.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

 

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

 

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

The girls couldn’t resist adding our Robin Hood cap for a photo!

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We also saw Edwinstowe Village Hall and the “Scout” scarecrows on display.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

Back up to the fair and we found another Geocache while “having a rest”.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We came across this commemorative stone:

In commemoration of the establishment of Sherwood Country Park and the part played by CC Miriam Beardsley in stimulating public opinion these trees were planted by the Edwinstowe Parish Council 1969.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We also used our Geocache app and found one more Geocache out of town.  We did get some funny looks as we were “hunting” for our find by the sign.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

We found it but we should have bought tweezers to get the log roll out.  There is also a Geocache to find close to The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

, Exploring Edwinstowe Village, Nottinghamshire

I love these crocheted wreaths!

Edwinstowe also has a Co-Op, The Market Garden and Edwinstowe Post Office and News which are handy to get essentials.  We popped there to get food to cook back at the Youth Hostel.    All the staff in the shops were so friendly- lots of them asked if we’d been into Sherwood Forest when they spotted Izzy’s cap.

It’s a lovely village.  Perfect for those who like to shop and enjoy refreshments.

Have you visited Edwinstowe?

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  1. Margaret Gallagher
    October 4, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    Looks amazing – one for next summer

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