This year’s Robin Hood Pageant, which was scheduled to take place this weekend (October 19 and 20), has been postponed until spring 2020.
Nottingham City Council, organisers of the event, has cancelled the event due to poor ground conditions.
High rainfall in previous weeks has left the ground waterlogged and with further rain forecast over the next few days, is likely to prove dangerous for performers, particularly the battle re-enactments, which is a highlight of the event.
The organiser also took the view that extra car parking areas required for the event could also become inaccessible, with the risk that vehicles would be stranded on site. Abbey car parks (separate to those planned to be used for the event) remain open. The waterlogged ground conditions have left the organiser with little alternative but to postpone the event.
Those who have already bought tickets for this year’s event will be given the choice between a full refund or having their tickets transferred to the new date once this has been confirmed.
Dave Trimble, the council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We were so excited about presenting this event in its new setting. It is unfortunate that the 39th edition of this ever popular event, has been overtaken by the recent wet weather.
“With the battle scenes being a major reason for the event’s enduring popularity, the waterlogged ground meant that much of the programme would not have been able to be staged. Also, many of the re-enactors actually camp out on site during the event in period tents. We have to consider their access to site as well as their living conditions which would have been very unpleasant.”
Kinga Kapias, marketing and communications manager at Visit Nottinghamshire, added: “Naturally, we are saddened to hear that this event has had to be postponed, and we understand this was not a decision that was taken lightly. We appreciate that this will be particularly frustrating for those who have already purchased tickets for the October event, but the safety of the re-enactors and visitors alike must be a priority.”
The Pageant, which has traditionally been held in October and is now in its 38th year, was due to be staged in a forest setting close to the historic Newstead Abbey while Nottingham Castle undergoes its £30 million transformation.
This event, themed around the power struggle between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, had been set to offer a diverse programme of entertainment including dramatic medieval re-enactments, a wealth of costumed period characters, historic demonstrations, hands-on activities, theatre and much more.