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National Football Museum reaches visitor landmark

Manchester’s National Football Museum (NFM) in has attracted 100,000 visitors in its first six weeks since opening on 6 July. As a result, it is likely to surpass its target

of reaching 350,000 visitors in its first year. Entrance to the museum is free but exhibits include exclusive paid-for interactives. NFM director Kevin Moore said: “It’s

happened far quicker than even we had anticipated and validates all the reasons we gave for moving the National Football Museum to Manchester in the first place.” Read more:

UK arrival for Rovio’s Angry Birds

The first Angry Birds Activity Park in the UK has been officially launched at Sundown Adventureland in Nottinghamshire – a theme park designed for children under the age of 10. Te new visitor experience

sees the digital world of Angry Birds combined with the physical world at Sundown Adventureland and will fea- ture activities for children. Designed and manufac-

tured by Kettering-based Lappset, the Angry Birds Activity Parks encourage people to surren- der their video game controllers in favour of outdoor play. Te activity areas are based on the popular mobile game Angry Birds, pro- duced by Finnish company Rovio. Lappset UK managing director Chris

Jones said: “As a company, we are very keen to encourage people of all ages to get outside

Te Dreamland park site is currently derelict

Green light for council’s Dreamland CPO plans

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has approved Tanet District Council’s (TDC) plans to serve a compulsory purchase order for Margate’s Dreamland site. Te council is looking to secure the land

to move forward with the development of the world’s first heritage amusement park of historic rides and attractions. TDC will now work to assume control

of the land before access can be granted – a move that will open up funding worth more than £10m to deliver the scheme. Read more:

Mace sponsors ‘Phantom Railings’ at British Museum

Mace is sponsoring the British Museum’s “Phantom Railings” project – a public art intervention which is designed to focus on London’s wartime memories. Te multi-disciplinary firm is currently

involved with the development of the muse- um’s World Conservation and Exhibition Centre, which will open in 2014. “Phantom Railings” is an interactive

sound sculpture using the movement of pedestrians to “evoke the ghost of a lost iron fence” removed during the 1940s. Read more:

12 Adventureland manager Paul Tomlinson (leſt) with Chris Jones of Lappset

and get active and this seems like a perfect way to continue our mission.” “Lovers of the digital game will hopefully

want to try our parks which combine fun and exercise - both of which are extremely impor- tant for social and cognitive development.” • To read about the world’s first Angry Bird theme park attraction visit:

‘World-class’ future for Nottingham Castle

Nottingham residents are being given the opportunity to comment on “exciting propos- als” for the transformation of the city’s castle into a “world- class tourist destination”. Te Castle Working Group

– a business-led partnership – has launched a consulta- tion into the plans, nearly 370 years to the day aſter Charles I raised the Royal Standard at Nottingham Castle. Initial ideas outlined by the

group include placing Robin Hood at the heart of the expe- rience and making more of the cave network located under the building. An exploration of Nottingham’s national

role in social protest and rebellion and the cre- ation of a new visitor centre at the entrance to the castle are also among the proposals.

Te Nottingham Castle scheme is lead by Te Castle Working Group Te Grade I-listed Nottingham Castle cur-

rently attracts nearly 270,000 visitors a year, while also hosting a range of events such as the Robin Hood Pageant and Outdoor Teatre. Details:

£5.5m funding for Northern Ireland police museum

Te RUC George Cross Foundation has been handed £5.5m from the Treasury towards a new museum at the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s headquarters in Knock, Belfast. Located close to the Police Memorial Garden, the new attraction will examine the

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history of policing across the island of Ireland and will replace the existing Police Museum. The museum will cover policing devel-

opments from the foundation of uniformed policing in 1814 through to the present day. Details:

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