Sherwood Forest visitor centre to get £13m 'Robin Hood' revamp
A VISION for a world-class Robin Hood experience in the heart of Sherwood Forest has been revealed.
The £13 million Discover Robin Hood attraction will feature interactive exhibits, an open-air theatre and an adventure playground.
Construction will begin in autumn next year with the project expected to be completed by spring 2015.
The company behind the scheme – Discovery Attractions – said it wanted to give Robin Hood the home he deserves.
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Chief executive John Lowther said: “Robin Hood is such a strong pull for tourists and we want to develop an attraction that will be fitting to the legend.
“Our vision is to build a flagship attraction for the county which will give a huge boost to the local economy.”
The plans come after years of uncertainty about the Sherwood Forest centre, with a number of plans shelved in the past due to lack of available funding.
John Cottee, chairman of the culture committee at Notts County Council, said the private investment was necessary to make the attraction a “jewel in the crown” of Notts.
He added: “We want to raise the profile of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest and we have found a vision for the centre that we agree will be fantastic. We are hoping this new centre will attract visitors from all over the country and the world.”
According to the developers, the plans will create around 100 jobs and benefit the local economy by more than £2 million a year.