Notts County Council has teamed up with much-loved performers from the Robin Hood Festival to search for the People’s Robin Hood.
In recognition of the Robin Hood Festival reaching its 30th anniversary this year, a unique contest is being held to find the King or Queen of the outlaws.
There is a top prize in prospect for the winner – a fantastic self-catering break with Forest Holidays to stay in a luxury cabin in the heart of Sherwood Forest, worth up to £500.
Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture, at the council said: “We want to celebrate the 30th year of the Robin Hood Festival in style by finding our present day Robin Hood champion through this fun knock-out contest with a series of exciting challenges which will take place during the week of the festival.”
Izi Banton, the council’s site manager for Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, added: “Up to 30 potential Robin Hoods will be selected and invited to take part in the live auditions during the festival providing much fun and comical capers.”
To be considered, for the job, potential entrants, both male and female, must be aged over 18; must be available to attend the festival on the four days that challenges are held during the week – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (assuming they get through each stage) and must be game for a laugh and not take life too seriously.
The process begins on Monday, 4th August with the elimination round where contestants will take part in an opening parade where they will be judged on their Robin Hood style and likeability by the judging panel and the audience.
Day two, on Thursday, 7th August is the outlaw skills challenge at the Major Oak, an afternoon of silliness conducted by Medieval Maniax where contestants will be required to take part in a series of embarrassing challenges to prove their prowess as a potential Robin Hood.
Challenges may include a courtly dance, manners and bowing display and taking part in a Robin Hood song.
Day three, on Friday, 8th August is the interview on the Major Oak Stage.
Forming part of a medieval cabaret hosted by Medieval Maniax, the remaining contestants will be asked a series of searching questions by Simple Tom as to why they should make it through to the final.
The final will be on Sunday, 10th August and is an archery contest underneath the Major Oak, as any would-be Robin Hood needs to proved their prowess with a longbow.
To enter, visit the website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhood.
The deadline for entries is 22nd July.