Robin Hood Festival 2011
This annual festival at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve near Edwinstowe takes place in the school summer holiday and offers a great free day out for the whole family. Jugglers, jesters, archery and costumed characters help celebrate the life and times of Nottinghamshire’s mostfamous son.
Sherwood Forest welcomed 19,000 visitors between Wednesday 10 August and Sunday 14 August for the Robin Hood Festival 2011, a colourful celebration of the life and times of the world's most famous outlaw - Robin Hood.
This five day fun-filled festival, which takes place every year at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, home of the famous Major Oak and located near the historicvillage of Edwinstowe in North Nottinghamshire, is perfect for all the family.
Myth and reality seldom come together as they do in the royal Sherwood Forest of Nottinghamshire, which is rumoured to be the stomping grounds of the celebrated outlaw and hero Robin Hood and his gang of Merry Men. No one knows for sure who the 13th century archer and quick-witted criminal known as Robin Hood was. Infact, historians know of at least eight regional outlaws who used the same name. This nefarious nickname was well known in the Middle Ages when it became a casual term for outlaws, which was used by legal officials of the time.
Today, the legend of Robin Hood is kept alive at the annual Robin Hood Festival. This popular festival has been held at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre for the past 25years. The five-day festival runs from August 10 to August 14 every year with the festivities beginning 11:00am and continuing until 4:00 in the afternoon. The Sherwood Forest is located outside the village of Edwinstowe in the northern area of Nottinghamshire County.
At this free festival, visitors can enjoy music, jugglers, jesters, dancing and live entertainment along with historicre-enactments, archery, sword fights and activities for adults and children.
Renewal of primary schools
Nottingham City Council was allocated £18 million of funding to invest in primary schools.
The following six schools were identified as priorities for investment in 2009 - 2011:
1. Robin Hood Primary School
2. Henry Whipple Primary School
3. Greenfields CommunitySchool and Foundation Unit
4. Blue Bell Hill Primary School and Nursery School
5. Sycamore Primary School
6. St Ann's Well Primary School
All the new schools are being delivered by Nottingham's award-winning Local Education Partnership (LEP) which is a public private partnership between Nottingham City Council and inspiredspaces.
Construction work at the first four schools has beencompleted.
Primary Exemplar Project
Nottingham City Council was been selected as one of 23 pathfinder local authorities to work with the Government ahead of the national roll-out of the Primary Capital Programme. In return the Council received an additional £6.5 million of funding to provide a high quality exemplar primary school project.
Southwark Primary School in Basford was beenidentified as the exemplar project. Construction work started in January 2009 and the new school was completed in April 2010.
The new building has revolutionised primary education in Old Basford by introducing cutting edge technology to the classroom and creating agile, flexible internal and external learning spaces which can respond to future changes in the curriculum and school organisation.The new school was delivered by Nottingham's award-winning Local Education Partnership (LEP).
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