It was a day of glorious, warm sunshine when we visited Forest Holidays last week for their Author in Residence Event. Based in Sherwood Forest, this luxury cabin holiday site is just gorgeous, and we were lucky enough to be invited along to hear Sita Brahmachari, an award winning children’s author, read and speak.
Set amongst 3,300 acres of of Sherwood Pines Forest Park these holiday cabins provide a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Each one comes complete with its own hot tub, private veranda and bbq and stunning interior design and decor. Opened earlier this year in February, the cabins and park are designed to attract families, couples getting away from it all, and groups who want to enjoy the outdoors.
Our woodland walk took us through the Forest, discovering cabins as we went, as well as beautiful scenery and natural surroundings. The children even had chance to discover the dens built by previous holidaymakers. It really is a secluded, private spot ideal for those who do like getting away from it all but definitely not the place for those who like lively activity for their holiday break.
Even though it’s a quiet holiday there is plenty to do for the children. They can join the Forest Ranger for all kinds of activities from a Dusk Watch, and Survival Skills through to a Teddy Bear’s picnic for the very young. For those with older children there’s a Teen’s Pizza night and a Wii contest in the Forest Retreat building. Mum’s can even book a therapist for a massage in the comfort of your cabin!
And so it was back to the Retreat for Author in Residence event. Waterstone’s 2011 Children’s Book prize winner Sita Brahmachari was staying at Sherwood Forest Cabins whilst working on her 3rd book. And while she was there she held a reading for and writing workshop for young aspiring writers. Even though her books were aimed at 11+, my girls sat beautifully listening to Sita read. Her first book, ‘Artichoke Hearts’ had them enthralled but it was the second reading from ‘Jasmine Skies’ that really engaged them. Sita managed to involve all the children, giving them parts from the scene she was reading, which really pleased Miss E.
We were sharing the event with other bloggers from the area and holidaymakers enjoying their Forest Holiday cabin experience. It was lovely to see other local bloggers like Penny from the Alexander Residence, Lucy from LISH Concepts and Rosie from Rosie Scribble and we had a great time with the children.
Forest Holidays cabins in Sherwood Pines Forest is a wonderful, get away from it all treat. As you might expect with a luxury cabin holiday of this sort it’s not the cheapest break away with a 7 night break in the school holidays costing around £1500 in a top luxury cabin. However, I’m very tempted to whisk myself and the husband away for a 3 night break across a weekend out of school holidays which would set us back around £300-£400. 3 nights in a hot tub under the stars in such a peaceful setting would really be a lovely October birthday treat! Hint hint.
I was invited along to Forest Holidays Sherwood cabins for the Author in Residence event. The opinions and comments are honest, genuine and my own.
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