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Robin Hood Character Buses Launched at Ollerton Event

01 Aug 2016

Characters from the legendary tale, Robin Hood, graced the streets of Ollerton last week to launch four new character buses in Nottinghamshire.

Stagecoach East Midlands have re-branded their Sherwood Arrow service by introducing four character buses onto the route: Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck.

Tuesday’s launch event in Ollerton featured the Robin Hood bus, as well as entertainment including a stilt walking Jester, balloon modeling and face painting. The Stagecoach team were also on hand to answer any questions from customers and to hand out Sherwood Arrow timetables.    

The buses encourage families to leave the car at home and enjoy hassle free travel during the busy school holidays. The Sherwood Arrow service, partly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, serves the rural areas between Nottingham City, Ollerton, Worksop and Retford.

Attractions such as Sherwood Forest, Rufford Park, Wheelgate Park and White Post Farm can be reached by using one of the character buses.

Stagecoach East Midlands are also the official travel partner for this year’s Robin Hood Festival. Families can travel on the Sherwood Arrow service to attend the festival, creating a convenient and stress-free journey for all. 

Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “The launch event in Ollerton was a great success and we had a positive response from people regarding the buses. The characters seemed to be well received from children and adults alike. Families can use the service to get to attractions across Nottinghamshire this summer.”    

Councillor Kevin Greaves, Chairman of the Transport and Highways Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, added: "The Sherwood Arrow provides an excellent service to enable bus passengers to visit local visitor attractions between Worksop and Nottingham such as Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest, and we are also proud to be teaming up with Stagecoach East Midlands who are the official travel partner for the 32nd annual Robin Hood Festival."

Visitors can use the Sherwood Arrow bus service to get to Sherwood Forest for the festival. Family Explorer tickets cost £10 for two adults and up to three children. Alternatively an Adult Explorer ticket costs £5.80 and a Child Explorer £3.90, which gives unlimited access all day on Sherwood Arrow buses and throughout Nottinghamshire.

SA Launch Ollerton