After a day exploring Sherwood Forest we took the girls to Sherwood Forest Fun Park. It’s a traditional children’s fair that has been in the Turvill family for over 60 years. There is an interesting fact that the Royal Charter states that “in 1381 King Richard II granted the people of ‘Edensteau’ the grace of a fair in Sherwood Forest”. Although it looks rather different these days I think it’s lovely that Edwinstowe have kept up the tradition of having a permanent fair.
Visit Sherwood Forest Fun Park
Sherwood Forest Fun Park (Sat Nav: NG21 9QA) is located on Swinecote Rd, Edwinstowe. Parking is available in the Sherwood Forest Car Park (Sat Nav: NG21 9QB). This costs £4 daily and includes entry to Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre.
The fair is open from March to November, 10am – 5pm. It is currently open every day but please ring 01623 823536 or check their Facebook Page to check before you travel as I’m not sure of their winter hours.
They operate on a token system for the rides. When we first got there I used the outside token machines to purchase a couple of tokens. Then I spotted a special offer*- get a free ride voucher with every £10 of tokens purchased within the cash desk in the arcade, so we instead went to the arcade and bought a bag of tokens. All tokens cost 50p and rides can be exchanged for one or two tokens so it was good value.
*This offer is not available on bank holidays or during the Robin Hood Festival.
The rides are suitable for younger children, with a few family rides, such as the ghost train. It would be great to add a few more family rides, such as bumper cars etc in the future. Dotted around the fun park are Robin Hood and friends statues and paraphernalia.
Refreshments are available. We bought drinks and candy floss for the kids but hot food is available too. The lovely thing about this fun park is all the seating available. After a day walking around it was great to be able to sit and watch the kids on each ride.
Take a look at our snapshots of Sherwood Forest Fun Park:
As you can see we had a lovely afternoon here and returned the following day. The kids loved the rides and arcade- although Izzy wasn’t too keen on the ghost train! I loved the old fashioned pull down slot machines. The staff were really friendly and it was a great way to end a fun day out at Sherwood Forest (we even found a mini geocache nearby)!
Have you visited Sherwood Forest? Did you go to the fun park?
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