Nottingham is a great place to be when a Robin Hood film is about to come out – May is seeing a host of outlaw-related events, with today’s being a tourney at the Castle. I was lucky enough to go and check out Robin, his Merry Men (the good Friar being considerably more merry than the others … I think that might be something to do with the mug of ale he was sloshing about as he rode around the tourney grounds … ) and the Sheriff of Nottingham … and I managed to take some photos (though they are on my phone, so they’re a bit grainy, I’m afraid):
The men of both sides rode around, seeking favours from the ladies in the crowd, which was a nice touch, though I suspect they didn’t get many as it was so bloody cold – us gentlewoman needed to keep hold of our scarves or else die of frostbite! (Yeah, welcome to the British Spring – beautifully unpredictable!) But I tell you, if it had been warmer, Will Scarlett would have been in luck – he was rather dashing, indeed!
And his prize? The hand of the Lady Marian:
There is also a small exhibition inside the castle of actual costumes and props from the film, but no photography was allowed, alas. I can’t wait to see the film, though – looks a bit awesome!