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NEWS RELEASE No: 1471215 JUNE 2011

Erasure and Simple Minds set for mid-summer Sherwood gigs

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Sherwood Live Music Concert Venue

Thousands of music fans will descend on the Forestry Commission’s Sherwood Pines Forest Park this weekend.

Erasure (17 June) and Simple Minds (18 June) make their debuts in the historic 1,200 hectare venue, near Clipstone, Notts, which is celebrating ten years of hosting music in the forest.    

Forest chiefs are urging people to arrive early and soak up the atmosphere on both nights - concert car parks open at 5pm and auditorium gates from 6pm. 

The forest park will be closed to general visitors at 3.30pm.

Support acts include Sophie Ellis-Bextor for Erasure and James Walsh for Simple Minds.

Nearly 150 lights and miles of cabling will be installed from mid-week, turning a natural tree-lined auditorium into a rustic rock venue. 

Cash from the concerts is used to care for woodlands in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Extensive bar and catering facilities will be provided, along with free car parking. Bring outdoor clothing and a torch. Please note: no glasses, tables, tents or gazebos are permitted.

Visitor information can be contacted on 01623 822447, or at

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is off the B6030 between Old Clipstone and Ollerton. The nearest train station is on the Robin Hood Line. Cyclists can use the Sustrans trail (Route 6) that cuts through the forest.  

Note to editor

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  To find out more  about the work of the Commission visit the website at

Media calls: Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038 or 01226 246351.