Characters from the legendary tale, Robin Hood, make up four new character buses in Nottinghamshire it has been announced.
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.
The buses encourage families to leave the car at home. The Sherwood Arrow service, partly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, serves the rural areas between Nottingham, Ollerton, Worksop and Retford.
A launch event in Ollerton will be taking place on 26 July between 10am and 3pm on Forest Road outside the Spar shop. One of the Sherwood Arrow buses will be in the High Street for people to come and admire.
The Stagecoach team will be on hand to answer any questions that customers may have and there will be entertainment including a stilt walking Jester, face painting and a storyteller at the event.
Attractions such as Sherwood Forest and Rufford Park can be reached by using one of the character buses as well as Wheelgate Park and White Post Farm.
Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce that new character buses are now in service on the Sherwood Arrow. With the area’s strong links to the legendary tale, it seemed fitting to incorporate this into the rural service we offer.
“Sherwood Arrow is a great service for families to use as you can get out to explore and visit the countryside where there are many attractions just waiting to be enjoyed this summer. We hope that the characters will be well received by children and adults alike!”
Robin Hood and his merry men will be travelling around Worksop on 27th July, performing flash mobs at bus stops around the town, handing out chocolate coins and timetables
Children will also have the chance to complete a Robin Hood collection of badges. With one for each bus character, they will be available on the matching character bus when a child has paid a child fare or is accompanied with a fare-paying adult.
Drivers will also have badge collection cards for each child, for them to record their collection. Sending in photos of completed collections via Twitter and email, children will have the chance to win a £100 toy voucher.
Councilor Kevin Greaves, Chairman of the Transport and Highways Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “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 this new initiative is timely as the company is also the official travel partner for the 32nd annual Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood from August 1-7."
Visitors can use the Sherwood Arrow bus service to get to Sherwood Forest for the festival next month. 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.