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WITH the latest remake of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett out now, discover more about the legend on a visit to Sherwood Forest.

Four-star Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa hits the mark as the ideal location to explore historic sites relating to the folklore hero. And with archery and fencing sessions on offer, you can feel just like one of his merry men.

The Grade-I listed Warner Leisure Hotel is within easy reach of The Major Oak where Robin Hood and his outlaws are said to have hidden from the Sheriff of Nottingham. Also nearby is St Mary's of Edwinstowe, the church where our hero is believed to have married Maid Marian.

The nearby courtyard at beautiful Thoresby Hall Hotel has a large stone statue of Robin Hood while the centrepiece of the 18th century hotel's historic library is a 14ft high elaborate chimney piece carved from a single oak which features figures of Little John and Robin Hood.

There's also a games room, a wide selection of bars, three restaurants and a programme of live entertainment every night including the Thoresby Players who perform short sketches about Thoresby's history.

Prices start at pounds 239 per person for a threenight break including a buffet breakfast, three course evening meals and a full programme of entertainment and activities.

Click on www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk or call 0800 1 388 399 THE Chicago and Illinois Tourist office has launched a nationwide competition in search of the first ever Illinois Route 66 ambassador. Having recently conducted a survey into the holiday habits of British tourists, research found that 86% sought more unique, experience-driven holidays such as Route 66 iconic road trips. So the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office are recruiting the first ever Route 66 ambassador from the UK. They will travel along legendary Route 66, experiencing everything it has to offer and then present their findings and recommendations to the British public via an online blog, consisting of photos and video snippets, on the www.gochicago.com website. Log on to www.gochicago.com to nominate yourself. Nominations need to be in by tomorrow.

THE South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival will feature several guided outings for families and children during half-term from Monday May 31 to Friday June 4. Mister Stevenson's Light Railway on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31, follows the route of the 'Middy' to discover how to interpret landscape clues.

On Tuesday June 1, there's a gentle, one mile stroll around Needham Lake with a storyteller narrating weird and wonderful tales on the way, and in the evening at 8pm families can join a walk through the Woodland Trust's Priestley Wood listening to spooky tales (children over 10 years).

and stay at Hotel Flamenco leaving Cardiff on 27.

Istanbul and stay at the the flight leaving Cardiff 12. There's also a Scavenger Hunt at Thornham Walks on Wednesday afternoon, June 2, when families can take a gentle stroll through the woods hunting for a given list of items, while Friday June 4, sees two more outings through magical ancient woodland with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

stay at the four-star Schoenbrunn for three on Thursday, June 3. staying at the with the flight June 3. flights are subject to terms and Pre-booking is recommended by calling the Tourist Information Centre at either Lavenham on 01787 248207 or Mid Suffolk on 01449 676800.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 22, 2010
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