Edwinstowe, Robin Hood's village, is steeped in legend and history. Here, at St Mary's Church, whose origins date from the 7th century, Robin Hood is said to have married Maid Marian. St Mary's is a wonderful church - a building where history and the odd mystery combine.
The village itself, though picturesque, is still very much an active community, boasting a variety of excellent shops.
Like many Nottinghamshire villages, part of Edwinstowe has connections with its colliery. Thoresby is one of the three remaining working coal mines in Nottinghamshire and is particularly famous for its award-winning brass band.
Above all, however, Edwinstowe should and always will be connected with Robin Hood. The Major Oak, the Visitor Centre, and the surrounding forest, remind us that Robin Hood was an essentially English hero whose name brings visitors from all over the world to the area to see the origins of the legend. The Major Oak's deceptive outer trunk has a hollow interior said to be able to hide over ten men!
Early August sees the Robin Hood Festival, with numerous activities and tales of Robin Hood. You will always find a cast of visiting mediaeval characters, who are certain to amuse even the most hardened critic.
Edwinstowe is a medium-sized village with a big past and an interesting present and is well worth a visit.
St Mary's Church (Tel: 01623 822430 - Parish Office)
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre (Tel: 01623 823202/824490)
Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre (Tel: 01623 824976)
Parking: free at various sites signposted in village (Tel: 01623 823202/824490)
A selection of books about Edwinstowe can be purchased from Edwinstowe Library (Tel: 01623 822280). Edwinstowe also has a website: www.edwinstowe.co.uk.