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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A new, “Robin Hood Reality Check” booklet has been published that contains a miscellany of past and present  facts, opinions, comments, quotations and viewpoints that give a broad perspective on just where the iconic legend stands in 2016 - together with aspects of its related links to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.



Compiled by the internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society, to help deal with the wide variety of enquiries it regularly receives from the media, students, historians, film buffs and fans of the legend etc.; it also contains updates on the latest proposals for Nottingham Castle and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Society Chairman, Bob White, says ”Research has shown that in differing ways, the traditional stories and characters in the Robin Hood legend often impact on a diverse spectrum of information and creative arts, ranging from historically related facts to various aspects of contemporary popular culture. Consequently, the subject of Robin Hood has become extensively complex, so this new Reality Check publication provides a brief reference to some of the key facts, issues and perceptions associated with the legend at the start of 2016.”

Mr White points out that the Society has also deliberately  included reference to some of the past mistakes and lost opportunities that failed to effectively capitalise on the City and County’s connections to the Robin Hood legend, commenting that  “It is over 64 years since the question of Nottingham’s failure to meet visitor expectations was first raised and by including references to some of the flawed decisions and hollow rhetoric that has gone before, it is hoped that lessons can be learned for the future. The issue still remains the “Achilles heel” in the City’s marketing claims to being a switched-on, visionary destination!”

Copies of the “Robin Hood Reality Check” are being distributed to key individuals and organisations in the local business, commercial and community sectors and the document is also available as a PDF in a “flip-page” format that can be viewed and downloaded at

For further background information or comment, contact Bob White by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.