Sherwood Forest Costumed Guide

Our costumed guides will be wearing medieval costume, telling tales of the forest and bringing the legend of Robin Hood to life.

Thursday 15 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people

What we're looking for

The costumed guides, or storytellers, are volunteers who will wear medieval costumes and bring the legend of Robin Hood to life. We're not expecting actors to fill this role, its just a uniform. However we're looking for volunteers with an engaging personality. Storytelling is simply the act of relaying information in a way that inspires and brings your topic to life and it will spark imagination and interest. Like any guide at a museum or attraction - but with the added element of wearing a costume. It's something many people do naturally, and we're looking for people to tell stories of the forest, its most famous outlaw and the wildlife that makes it, its home. Families are a key audience, so engaging with young people is important in this role. Wear a costume to undertake the role as storyteller - its up to you if you want to develop a character to help. Walk the trails or take up post at the visitor centre and engage with passing visitors. This could be about aspects of the legend of Robin Hood, natural history or the history of the forest itself. It will vary depending on where you are Deliver key messages and information through excellent communication and storytelling Deliver simple activities that will help bring the forest and it's stories to life.

The skills you need

Excellent communication skills - we can provide the stories A passion for Sherwood Forest, history of the local area or natural and cultural heritage At ease striking up a conversation with members of the public from all backgrounds An awareness of health and safety Happy engaging with families and young audiences

Your time

2-4 days per month
All year round

What's in it for you?

Sherwood Forest is known the world over, and you will be working in the UK's most famous woodland. You will be part of something truly special. As a storyteller you will have the opportunity to meet new people and give them something money can't buy; amazing memories of their day out at Sherwood. If you enjoy making people smile, then you will enjoy this role This role will particularly suit someone who has knowledge and a passion for Robin Hood or natural history, or both, but we can also give you all the information you will need for this role. We will also provide a medieval costume, hand made by our expert volunteers, to make sure you look and feel the part.

How to apply


Kathryn Hearn, Sherwood
Tel: 01623 824643
Email: sherwoodforest@RSPB.ORG.UK


If you would like to enquire about this vacancy, please email our volunteer coordinator team at Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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