Terrifying spirits set to visit RSPB Sherwood Forest
Some of the most terrifying figures of European folklore will be in the heart of Sherwood Forest this weekend.
The Krampus is a spirit that reputedly visits naughty children in Alpine countries at Christmas time, alongside Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus.
But on Saturday and Sunday at RSPB Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe, some of these creatures will have left their continental lairs to take up residence among the ancient oaks of Robin Hood’s Sherwood.
Between noon and 3pm, visitors venturing into the forest may even come face-to-face with a Krampus. Can they capture the creatures on camera to prove that they exist to sceptical friends and relatives?
Then, at 3pm on Sunday, the Green Man, the timeless spirit of rebirth and new growth, will lead a traditional Wassail at Sherwood, toasting the health of the forest for the year ahead.
The Lady Bay Revellers Morris Dancing group will be at the visitor centre amphitheatre to entertain visitors before the Green Man leads a parade to the Major Oak.
Anyone can join the parade and marchers will be encouraged to make as much noise as possible to banish the Krampus from the forest for good.
Visitors are also asked to bring a torch, lantern or other light source, so that once the toast is made and dusk starts to fall across Sherwood, a torch-lit parade of visitors will return to the Visitor Centre.
Both events are free, but bird seed shakers can be made at the visitor centre throughout the day on Sunday for £1 to make plenty of noise on the parade and to feed the birds in the garden back home.
There is also the chance to join Miles, the pedlar and pilgrim, William De Tankerville, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s master at arms, or the Sheriff himself on tours which will entertain and inform about the history of the forest and the legend of Robin Hood on Saturdays throughout January.