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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 24 JUN – 07 JUL 2014 ISSUE 635 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Council pulls plug on Robin Hood theme park plans


Plans for a Robin Hood theme park in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, have been dealt a serious blow aſter the project deliv- ery partner was dumped by the local authority. The visitor attraction,


which was originally planned to open in 2015 at a cost of £13m, was being delivered by Discovery Attractions. Te plans from Discovery


include a Discover Sherwood Forest dome offering insight into the history of the forest, and Te Village – exhibiting the medieval way of life with live entertainment, crafts workshops and live animals. Plans also include an open-air theatre, tor-


ture chamber-themed scare attraction, a maze, an adventure play area and a 4D cinema show- ing a 10-minute Robin Hood film. Te attraction’s crown jewel features a daily


Aqua Sana spa opens at Center Parcs Woburn


Te 22-treatment room and 25-expe- rience room Aqua Sana spa has now launched at the new Center Parcs Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Te giant 7,000sq m (75,347sq ſt)


wellness facility occupies three floors, costing £17.5m. The entire Center Parcs village cost £255m to construct. Woburn construction direc-


tor, Don Camilleri, explained to Leisure Opportunities that the con- cept for this spa was established in 1999, by Schletterer Wellness & Spa Design and Sparc Studio. Continued on the back cover


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having a new visitor centre up and running at Sherwood Forest no later than 2017, while Discovery Attractions has pledged that the visitor attraction will happen – with- out the council’s backing. The council claims that


Discovery has not managed to secure enough funding for the high-profile project, but Discovery has contested the decision, saying that it has secured £60m worth of funding pledged from a combination of overseas and UK-based investors. A spokesperson for


Robin Hood is a hugely popular IP, with the character recently portrayed by Russell Crowe


entertainment show, produced in partnership with US-based BRC Imagination Arts. Following Nottingham County Council’s


(NCC) u-turn, plans are up in the air. Te authority said it was still ‘fully committed’ to


Sports Direct moves in to first health club


Sports Direct International has taken over its first health club – the former LA fitness site in Sale, Manchester – aſter a deal was finalised late on 17 June, Leisure Opportunities can reveal. Te company founded by Newcastle United


owner Mike Ashley was first rumoured to be planning an entrance into the health club sec- tor last month, and a senior source confirmed the gym arm of the business will operate under the name Sports Direct Fitness.com. Sports Direct has taken over the lease on


the Sale site – one of the 33 put up for sale by LA fitness in March under company volun- tary arrangements (CVA) – with further deals expected to be concluded imminently.


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Mike Ashley has entered the health club market “Continuity is important for members,


so we’re delighted Sports Direct are tak- ing the Sale site forward and retaining all of the staff,” said an LA fitness spokesperson. Details: http://lei.sr?a=U9d9b


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Discovery commented: “We still passionately believe


in the Discover Robin Hood concept. Furthermore, we are convinced it is emi- nently fundable and that this investment will be forthcoming in the near future.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=s6A3Q


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