The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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Still Standing Tall... 63 Years On!

On July 24th 2015, it was 63 years to the day since Nottingham's world famous Robin Hood Statue was unveiled to the general public to proudly stand beneath the Castle walls and remind visitors of the City's traditional links with the legendary outlaw. The anniversary prompted me to take a look at some of the other Robin Hood images around the County and to also reflect on a few other statues around the world with legendary connections.

In Edwinstowe village High Street, to acknowledge the belief that the local church was where they were supposedly married, there is a statue of Robin Hood proposing to Maid Marian and out at the near-by Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre there is a fibreglass statue of Robin fighting Little John on a bridge and a more recent one of Robin firing his bow, which had formerly been a central feature of the food court at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village situated just off junction 28 of the M1 motorway.At Thoresby Hall there is a small statue of Robin Hood aiming his bow and arrow from a kneeling position that was made in 1949 by Tussaud-Birt, the grandson of the creator of London's famous waxworks. It is currently situated in the courtyard of the Stable Block, close to the craft workshops and a gallery. The stone statue has unfortunately lost some of its detail due to it being exposed to the elements but it still provides a popular feature where visitors can pose for a photograph.

However, there is plenty of detail to be found in the two carvings of Robin Hood and Little John that support the wooden fireplace surround in the adjacent Thoresby Hotel and a few miles to the south-west, similar figures can be seen carved into the stonework of Archway House near Worksop Priory, together with those of Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Allan-a-Dale and King Richard I.

The most significant Robin Hood statue to have been commissioned in more recent years was at the appropriately named Robin Hood Airport, near Doncaster, when the 10ft. high contemporary styled figure was unveiled in 2007 by the two celebrated locally-born actors, Sean Bean and Brian Blessed.

Looking further afield, I discovered that around the globe there are various statues of legendary figures from traditional historical folklore and here in the UK and Ireland they include the statue of King Arthur in Winchester (where the Round Table is displayed in the Cathedral); a Rob Roy statue at Culter Burn, near Peterculter, Aberdeen and a Molly Malone statue "wheels her wheelbarrow" in Grafton Street, Dublin. Notable statues in other countries worth mentioning are those of William Tell, in the small town of Altdorf in Switzerland; the Pied Piper statue in the Market Place in Hamelin and another classic statue of King Arthur that appears in Innsbruck, Austria, where he was held in captivity in 1192 by Leopold V, Duke of Austria.

The fact that there is a statue of Alice in Wonderland in New York's Central Park and one of Sherlock Holmes, near 221B Baker Street, London also shows that even imaginary characters from literature get recognised for their appeal in popular culture and subsequently exploited for their tourism potential.

Ironically, the symbolic, bronze Robin Hood Statue on Castle Road, (together with the surrounding wall plaques and groups of smaller statuary), was commissioned in 1949 by a local businessman, Phillip Clay to provide something tangible for visitors to see relating to the internationally known English folk hero's legendary traditional connections to Nottingham. Thank goodness for his visionary generosity - because even today, 63 years later, without his gift to the City, visitors to Nottingham would STILL have nothing to see that focused on Robin Hood –and statistics clearly show that the legendary outlaw is one of the key reasons for the majority of family tourism visits! For a City that promotes itself as being "creative", to the eyes of the outside world, Nottingham's apparent failure to fully capitalise on its globally famous Robin Hood "brand" simply beggars belief !