A £13 million Robin Hood attraction that will protect the historical Sherwood Forest has been unveiled.
Nottingham City Council has announced plans to revitalise Nottingham Castle to turn it into a world-class tourist destination.
Today marks the start of the Robin Hood Festival - an annual celebration of the UK's most famous outlaw.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, says the planned development of Nottingham Castle will create jobs and boost tourism to the city.
“We know it’s been a fiercely competitive process this time around and it’s not unusual for bids like ours to have to undertake further work and development prior to achieving such a large award.
We will be shortly be talking to the Heritage Lottery Fund and looking to see how we can make Nottingham’s bid even better in partnership with the Castle Working Group who have worked so hard to put in place the exciting vision for the Castle.
– Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council
Our ambition remains to create a world-class visitor attraction at the Castle which would also bring the additional benefits of regenerating the surrounding area, bringing major investment into our city and creating and sustaining hundreds of jobs”.
Plans to develop Nottingham Castle as a world class heritage attraction are being stepped up.
The Castle Working Group says it is disappointed the castle was not selected for this year's Heritage Lottery funding but it is planning to resubmit for the next round.
The grant of £15 million would be part of an overall cost of £26 million to develop the Castle.
Plans include a new "Robin and the Rebels" discovery centre, telling the story of the legend of Robin Hood.
There's a new course for runners to tackle in tomorrow's Nottingham Half Marathon.
Starting at 9.30am, runners will get a view of the castle, the Trent Bridge cricket ground and the Nottingham Forest Football Club as they continue the route, before finishing the final 400m along the new flood defence cycle track.
Erin Huckle from Experience Nottingham says a revitalised Nottingham Castle will mean tourists will stay for longer in the city.