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Shadow is the ultimate night time challenge

Shadow is an overnight navigation and orienteering event that takes place in the historic and iconic Sherwood Forest.

It provides young people the opportunity to work together as a team, using their collective skills and initiative to complete a series of tasks and challenges, through a route within the boundaries of Sherwood Forest, in the dark.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the event and we promise it will be the best one yet!

Key Details

  • Teams must be part of an organised, registered group
  • All participants must be aged 13-19 (aged 24 for SEN participants)
  • Teams must have between four and seven participants
  • All participants must undertake first aid and navigation training - Notts Outdoors will help with this
  • Register your interest  today and  a member of our team will contact you with details on how to book
  • Shadow is the ultimate opportunity to get outside, have fun and make memories for life!


The skills that it gives to young people are invaluable and it is also a chance to be in a place such as Sherwood Forest at night.  NCC Youth worker
It's a unique event, that young people get so much out of.  Shadow Participant
Gives young people practical life skills, opportunity to experience something different. Volunteer


See what happened at Shadow 2023...

Further information

Get involved

This event could not take place without the help and support of dedicated staff and volunteers. There are a selection of tasks available. If you would like to find out more about ways that you can support young people and make this event happen please email for more details.

Interested in signing up?

Please email for more information. Once we have received your expression of interest a member of our team will be in touch to verify the status of group and provide the booking links. We look forward to making Shadow 50 the biggest event yet!

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