Come join us at Sherwood Pines for a day of learning about the history and archaeology of Sherwood Pines. Archaeologists, historians, researchers, and palaeoenvironmentalists will be there to show what has been found in Sherwood Pines, how the environment has changed throughout history, and how learning about archaeology and history can help promote community and wellbeing.

Date: Sunday April 28th

When: 10am-3pm

Where: Events room at the Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre

There will be a guided archaeology tour of the WWI training trenches that were excavated during our 2023 fieldwork from 1pm-3pm, leaving from the Sherwood Pines visitor centre. The walk will be approximately 4km long and go over rough terrain so please dress accordingly. Spaces are limited so please email our HER Officer Tori at to secure your spot or find out more.

Photograph of an excavation at Sherwood Pines

If you can't make it on Sunday, you can still explore Sherwood Pines' WWI history on the HER. Click here to read more about Clipstone Camp, and here about the trench system. The LiDAR layer on the mapping portal helps shed light on the hidden features within the forest, just click on 'Base Layers' on the maps on the Clipstone Camp and trench system pages. 

You can also read about the project here.

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There are a large amount of exciting historical events happening in the month of April. Why not check them out below?

Until 14th April: A vintage fun fair is currently being held at Wollaton Hall until 14th April. Listen to music from the 50’s and 60’s while riding traditional rides. Check out the event information here.

9th-20 April: Join our amazing Buildings Officer Janine Buckley at Rufford Abbey for the Horse Detective Tours. This up-close look Rufford’s stables in the 17th century will teach you how horses saved the estate from ruin and became famous acting on the Broadway stage as well as engaging in detective work to uncover the lives of famous 19th century racehorses. Tours will be taking place on 9th, 11th, 18th, 19th and 20th; 11am and 2pm each day. Book your free place here.

Saturday 13th April: Drop by the Lakeside Arts for a free workshop where you can make your own stained-glass window, inspired by medieval designs. Check out the event information here.

Monday 15th April: The National Holocaust Centre and Museum will be presenting a talk remembering the 79th Anniversary of the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British Troops. Here you will get the chance to learn about a number of artefacts and survivor experiences. Talks will be hosted at 11am and 1pm. Book your place here.

Wednesday 17th April: Head down to Worksop Library at 2pm on Wednesday 17th April to learn about the Dukeries in Bassetlaw. Hear how they came into being, how they were affected by the dissolution and the civil war, plus many other interesting facts. Tickets cost £3. Book your place here.

Photograph of Thoresby Hall

Above: Thoresby Hall. By Philip Wallbank, CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday 23rd April: Ever wondered how people were punished in the olden days? Mansfield Central Library is hosting a talk about how society chose to punish their wrong doers, including witches and perjurers. The talk will also tell stories of punishing the dead, a horse and cart, and even a train! Tickets are £3 and will take place at 2pm. Book your place here.

Saturday 27th April: For St George’s day, head to Sherwood Forest for a special Knight School. Enjoy a knightly obstacle course, combat training, blunt archery, among many other activities. Plus, Outlaws will be demonstrating combat techniques and tactics. Book your free place here.

Saturday 27th April: Thoresby Park will be hosting a Militaria valuation day with a Bamford Militaria valuer. The event will be open between 10:30am-3:30pm. No need for booking, just head down! Check out the event information here.

Tuesday 30th April: Local historian Robert Mee will be hosting a talk focusing on the trends of early advertising in 18th and 19th century newspapers at the West Bridgford Library. The talk will be begin at 2pm and tickets cost £3. Book your place here.

Tuesday 30th April: On the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s death, join the staff of the Nottingham Archives for a talk exploring the history of Newstead beyond the Byron family. The event starts at 2:15pm and tickets cost £5. Book your place here.