Nottingham and Robin Hood

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Nottingham Montage © PawełMM

Nottingham Montage © PawełMM

Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group. Whilst Nottingham has always had a tightly-drawn boundary (accounting for its relatively small population of 307,000), Nottingham’s Urban Area has a population of approximately 806,000; it is the seventh largest urban conurbation in the United Kingdom, ranking between those of Liverpool and Sheffield, and the largest in the East Midlands. Eurostat’s concept of the Larger Urban Zone listed the area’s population at 825,600 as of 2004.

Nottingham is famed for its links with the legend of Robin Hood and, during the Industrial Revolution, obtained worldwide recognition for its lace-making and bicycle industries. It was granted its city charter as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897 and has since been officially titled the City of Nottingham.

Nottingham receives around 300,000 overseas visitors each year. Many visitors are attracted by Nottingham’s nightlife and shops, by its history, and by the legend of Robin Hood, visiting Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle. Popular history-based tourist attractions in central Nottingham include the Castle, City of Caves, Lace Market, The Galleries of Justice, and the City’s ancient pubs.

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, expected to be the oldest pub in England © Jussuf William Clarke headstone © Nottspixie Theatre Royal © geograph.org.uk - Oxymoron The Sherwood Inn © geograph.org.uk - Alan Murray-Rust Old Market Square © Million Moments Nottingham Trent University - Arkwright Building © Superhasn Castle Rock Brewery © geograph.org.uk - Dave Hitchborne Architecture from different eras side by side © Superhasn Amusements at Hockley © geograph.org.uk - Andy Jamieson A. Watson Fothergill Building © geograph.org.uk - Andy Jamieson Nottingham Castle © Mike Peel - www.mikepeel.net Nottingham Montage © PawełMM
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Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, expected to be the oldest pub in England © Jussuf
Parks and gardens include Wollaton Park (over 500 acres) near the University Highfields Park on the University of Nottingham campus, Colwick Park, which includes the racecourse, and the Nottingham Arboretum, Forest Recreation Ground and Victoria Park which are in or close to the city centre. Sherwood Forest, Rufford Country Park, Creswell Crags and Clumber Park are further away from the city itself. A new park is being developed in the city at the Eastside City development.

The Nottingham Robin Hood Society was originally formed by Robin Hood historian Jim Lees and two Nottingham teachers Steve and Ewa Theresa West in 1972. Steve and Ewa Theresa played the part of Maid Marion and Robin Hood and attracted a ‘ band’ of like minded followers who ‘ costumed up ‘ nearly every weekend for a function. The then society acted in street theatre, appeared at charity events and functions and for several years ‘ held up ‘ the appointed Sheriff of Nottingham at the opening of the annual Nottingham Festival. The society also made a film for Japanese Television and joined in picnics and midnight vigils around in Major Oak to promote tourism. Although a Nottingham Robin Hood Society remains, the original society members disbanded after the death of Jim Lees.

There are two main Robin Hood events throughout the Nottingham area, including the Robin Hood Pageant during October, and the Robin Hood Festival during the summer. The pageant is held at the Castle, whilst the festival is held in nearby Sherwood Forest. In 2009 the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Leon Unczur set up a Commission to look at the possibility of setting up a World Class Robin Hood Attraction. The Commission was due to report in May 2010.

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