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Stargazing: Sat 6th Feb (Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire)

Look out for constellations in the night sky this weekend Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Join rangers and staff from a local observatory this weekend for a stargazing event in Nottinghamshire. Visitors of all ages are being invited to take part by looking at the different constellations in the night sky at Sherwood Forest Country Park.

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Search on for partner to run Sherwood visitor centre

Sherwood Forest Country Park Credit: PA Pictures

Nottinghamshire County Council says it hopes to formally start its new search this autumn for an external to manage a new visitor centre and the country park at Sherwood Forest.

It is looking for a prospective partner organisation which can develop and operate a visitor centre and also be effective stewards for the country park.

The county council says it's also proposing to increase the £1.8m already allocated to the project up to a total of £4.3m to underline its commitment to the project.

The county council says it hopes to secure a partner organisation by the end of summer 2015, with a view to the new visitor centre being open to the public in summer 2017.


Robin Hood Festival gets underway in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire's 29th annual Robin Hood Festival got underway today.

The week-long festival began earlier with hundreds of people being transported back to medieval times, thanks to the performers, entertainers and of course Robin Hood.

Among the visitors, Joe and Debbie Tencza who have travelled all the way from New Jersey in America for the event.

Robin Hood Festival starts today

The 29th annual Robin Hood Festival begins today. Around 30,000 people are expected to attend the free festival which runs until Sunday 11th August.

The week long program of events organised by Nottinghamshire County Council will feature medieval musicians, stunt fighting, and a story walk through Sherwood Forest.

Two Robin Hood fans Joe and Debbie Tencza renewed their vows at Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre yesterday as part of the annual festival.

The happy couple, Mr and Mrs Tencza renewed their wedding vows in Nottinghamshire Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council


American Robin Hood fans renew vows at Sherwood Forest

Debbie Tencza has overcome her battle with breast cancer Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

A Robin Hood fan has travelled to Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, from her American home to renew her wedding vows today after her winning her battle with cancer.

Debbie Tencza, 56, will wear a purple dress bought for the ceremony while her husband Joe, 50, will wear a Robin Hood outfit.

Mrs Tencza underwent a number of operations last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

When given the all clear they decided to travel from New Jersey to Nottingham to renew their vows for their 15th wedding anniversary.

The couple have attended Robin Hood events across the USA and even named their dog Robin of Loxley.

Paloma Faith announces gig in Nottinghamshire

Paloma Faith Credit: Rebecca Pierce

Paloma Faith has announced that she will be performing a concert in Sherwood Pines Forest, in Nottinghamshire.

It's part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live concert series that has been organised to bring music to new audiences without commercial branding and sponsorship.

All the money raised from ticket sales goes back into improving the local forests for both people and wildlife.

Paloma has been nominated for Best Album and Best British Female at this year's Brit awards. Her debut album, ‘Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?’ sold over half a million copies.

She'll be performing in Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire on Saturday 15th June. Tickets are available on the Forestry Commission's website.

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