All aboard the Robin Hood Express

by | 20 November 2019 | Heritage, Retford, Sherwood, Worksop

The public tour dates for 2020 of the Famous ‘Robin Hood Express’ Sherwood Forest Archaeology and History Red Bus Tour One Day Tour have been announced. The pick-up is at Nottingham Playhouse at 9.30am on Thursday 28th May, Thursday 9th July and Thursday 27th August, 2020.

Why not go along with friends and family, or with members of your history group, student group, U3A, Women’s Institute, archaeology society, Rotary Club, church, choir, or anything else you might be a member of?
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It is a circular guided bus tour from Nottingham around Sherwood Forest on-board a 1960s Routemaster London Bus, telling the real story of the landscape of legends.

Renowned expert archaeologists from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC; Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project, have been brought together with local historian, archaeologist and specialist Peter Hammond, and Blackmore Commercials Ltd to provide this fantastic heritage tour of legendary Sherwood Forest.

The tour combines unrivalled local knowledge of historic Sherwood Forest with an opportunity to ride on board a vintage RouteMaster bus. The tour stops at the famous Sherwood sites of Rufford Abbey, the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and legendary Major Oak, King John’s Palace, and Newstead Abbey. You will also explore many of the sites and villages along the way that make up this magical landscape.

The tour stops for an hour at Rufford Abbey to allow for a visit around the site and for refreshments stops at the various cafes at the site, and to visit the shop and exhibitions. The tour also stops for an hour at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve to allow visitors time to explore and also to purchase lunch or eat at the visitors centre, and to visit the shop and exhibitions.

The afternoon visits are for half an hour at King John’s Palace with a tour of the site provided by Andy Gaunt of Mercian. The visit to Newstead includes an external talk by Peter Hammond. The cafe is available for afternoon teas.
The tour departs from Wellington Circus in Nottingham at 9.30am and returns by 5.30pm depending on traffic.