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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 13 november - 26 november 2012 ISSUE 593 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk £13m Robin Hood Experience planned for Nottingham


Plans have been revealed for a £13m Discover Robin Hood visitor attraction in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Nottinghamshire County


Counci l has appointed Discovery Attractions to design and operate the attrac- tion, which will include a mix of indoor and outdoor expe- riences. Facilities include the Discover Sherwood Forest dome – which will offer an insight into the history of the forest – and Te Village, exhibiting the medieval way of life with live entertainment, craſts workshops and live animals. Tere will also be an open-air theatre, a tor-


fully operational in mid- 2015. Discovery Attractions was founded by entrepre- neur Tom Hartley and Ian McGonigal, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and construc- tion of visitor attractions for major operators including Madame Tussaud’s. Te company’s chief exec-


Te attraction will include a mix of themed rides, live entertainment and 4D cinema


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 ‘jewel in the crown’ will be


a daily entertainment show, produced in part- nership with US-based BRC Imagination Arts.


Sebastian Coe named new BOA chair


Lord Sebastian Coe has been appointed as the new chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA). Te former head of the London


2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was voted to the role by 43 members of the National Olympic Committee on 7 November 2012. A double Olympic gold medallist, Lord Coe stood unopposed and will serve a four-year term as BOA chair. He succeeds Lord Colin Moynihan,


who announced in August this year his decision to step down aſter seven years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=v7k6m


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Te show will consist of a blend of live action, 4D projection, special effects and theatrical illusions to transport guests back to 12th cen- tury England to join Robin and his warriors on their adventures. Construction is set to begin in late 2013


and it is hoped that parts of the attraction will open during 2014 with the entire site


PPL licensing reform to take effect in 2013


Te Fitness Industry Association (FIA) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) have reached an agreement to reform PPL’s Exercise tariff - which covers the use of PPL- recorded music as an accompaniment to fitness classes. Coming into force in May 2013, the reforms will impact both the way the tariff operates and the charges applied. In future, the sole responsibility for holding


a valid PPL licence for group exercise classes in fitness centres will be on the operators of those facilities. Fitness instructors will only be required to hold a valid PPL licence for any classes that they hold in premises other than fitness facilities - such as hired halls,


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Te tariff will rise from 95p to £1.88 per class by 2017


community spaces and offices. Te new tar- iff, entitled Exercise To Music, will see PPL fees eventually rising over a five-year period. Te tariff fee will start at 95p per class, ris-


ing to £1.25 in May 2014, £1.50 in May 2015, £1.75 in May 2016 and £1.88 per class in 2017. Indexation will apply from May 2018 at the earliest. Details: http://lei.sr?a=B6h0P


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utive, John Lowther, is a former manager of London’s Vinopolis and is also a for- mer director of the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire. Rob Gray, marketing director


of Discovery Attractions, said: “Robin Hood is a global brand that deserves to be celebrated, and where better to do this than at his spiri- tual home of Sherwood Forest. “Discover Robin Hood will be the first in a


series of world class visitor attractions from Discovery Attractions, based on Britain’s rich heritage.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=U1u1E


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