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Plans for a new £13m Robin Hood visitor attraction announced

30 October 2012
Artist's impression of the new Discover Robin Hood attraction

A £13m investment plan to create a world class Robin Hood experience and protect historic Sherwood Forest will provide a major boost for the local economy.

Tourism and job opportunities

Around 100 people could be employed through plans for a new Sherwood Forest Visitor attraction which will also generate huge visitor spend for the local economy and vital investment for the Forest itself.

New visitor centre

The first phase of the project which includes a brand new visitor centre, café and shop to replace the existing facilities will open in summer 2014 and the new Discover Robin Hood attraction will welcome its first visitors in spring 2015.

Nottinghamshire County Council will be working with leisure and attraction experts from Discovery Attractions to take the legend of Robin Hood onto its next exciting chapter, while also guaranteeing continued free public access to Sherwood Forest and its ancient oaks, and preserving its unique ecology and natural surroundings.

The new attraction

The new attraction will be built on land acquired by the county council in 2008 opposite the existing nature reserve and visitor centre (known locally as Naish’s Field), restoring the current visitor centre site and car park to the forest.

The Discovery Attractions team has a combined experience of over 100 years and an impressive track record for their contributions and involvement in world class visitor attractions in the UK.

The Discover Robin Hood proposal promises:

  • A world-class visitor attraction to promote the legend, life and times of Robin Hood and his band of merry men
  • Interactive, futuristic tourist features amid the settings of a medieval castle complete with fortified ramparts made from local materials
  • Free access to a courtyard offering a taster of medieval activities and a gateway to Sherwood Forest which retains its free public access
  • Comprehensive plans to promote the natural habitats and natural history of Sherwood Forest – led by the existing county council ranger team.

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