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Robin Hood and his band of merry men may be pleased to know that plans were recently announced to celebrate their escapades in a £13million themed development. The attraction, which developers are hoping will open to the public in 2015, will of course be sited in Sherwood Forest in the heart of Robin's realm. It is expected to showcase medieval themed activities including jousting, dungeons and castle as well as a maze to explore and historical dress-up opportunities.

As part of the development, a primary phase, scheduled for 2014 launch, will see the creation of a brand new visitor centre, café and shop which will replace the current offering. Final go-aheads are still awaited but the project has the support of local government who are pleased to see the legends of Robin Hood back in the worldwide limelight.

There are a couple of years to wait in anticipation for the launch of the new park but there are still plenty of Robin Hood adventures to be had in the area in the meantime. Currently fans of the hooded man tend to make their pilgrimage to Edwinstowe where the existing visitor centre is located and a short walk's distance from the famous Major Oak, said to be the oak tree where Robin and his men took shelter and listed as one of the Great British Trees by The Tree Council . Though there are three pubs in Nottingham all claiming to be the oldest pubs in England, visitors flock to them to experience the locations where Robin and his men may have spent many hours planning their latest robbery.

Fans of the legendary folk hero can also discover many attractions in nearby Nottingham that still relate to the stories of Robin Hood. Nottingham Castle is said to be where the English Civil War began. It was in fact totally destroyed in the civil war to be replaced by a more modern recreation in the 1600's. Today visitors can explore the story of the castle as they take a tour of the underground tunnels lying beneath the castle. For more modern adventures in the famous forest, visitors can also enjoy adrenaline sports, rope swings and cycling. Within Nottingham itself visitors can find everything from shopping malls, bustling nightlife and a plethora of restaurants and bars. It's no wonder over 300,000 overseas visitors choose to explore this city so steeped in legend and history.

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