Golden Arrows stacked together pointing to the sky with Nottingham Castle in the background


ROBIN HOOD will be playing cupid this February by sending out ten golden arrows across the Nottingham, each with a chance to win one special prize to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s. As part of Nottingham Castle’s aim to spread love and togetherness, the golden arrow challenge will invite people from all over to get out and explore with friends and family.

The public are being asked to keep their eyes open in 10 different areas across Nottingham, to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to visit the Castle, including the Robin Hood experience and Cave Tour. The following areas have been chosen: The Meadows, Sneinton, Carlton, Forest Fields, Beeston, Wollaton, Hucknall, Bulwell, Lenton and Arnold. Hints will be revealed on Instagram from Saturday, 12 February when the challenge begins.

Once an arrow has been discovered, it’s ‘finders keepers’ and to claim the prize a picture will need to be shared on social media, tagging the Castle’s Instagram page (@nottinghamcastle) and using the hashtag #GoldenArrowChallenge. Those without social media can email with a picture.

Alongside the golden arrow challenge, Nottingham Castle will be hosting a love-themed half term. Follow the ‘Items We Love’ trail to find hand-written notes from staff and even write your own, get crafty with ‘Lacy Lovebugs’ or take part in the ‘You Complete Me’ colouring sessions. All available at no extra cost to general admission, throughout the week.

David Johns, interim COO at Nottingham Castle Trust, said: “We are really looking forward to bringing couples, friends and families to the Castle for Valentine’s and half term week. Robin Hood has been busy with the golden arrow challenge, and we are excited to see everyone get involved and post their pictures for some brilliant prizes.

“Love flows throughout the Castle’s 1,000-year history within its artwork, Galleries and grounds making it the perfect place to explore with your nearest and dearest. Our activities are also a great way to entertain the children and learn more about love through the ages – the lacy love bug craft session gives a nod to how Nottingham lace has played a part in famous celebrations of love, including Royal weddings. We are looking forward to welcoming people together, for what we hope will be a fun-filled half term.”

For further information, please visit Nottingham Castle | The Castle of Curious Rebels.

Full terms and conditions on the Golden Arrow Challenge can also be found at

Posted on 09 February 2022

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