A new dawn is on the horizon for one of Nottingham’s oldest gyms. Luke Willmott, the owner of the former Castle Gym, signaled the “first step in a new era” after revealing a plan to open a new venue inside the empty Tales of Robin Hood attraction on Maid Marian Way.

Castle Gym closed at the end of November after more than 40 years operating from its former site on Castle Boulevard. Their previous building had been sold by the council, and following the sale, an eviction order was sent to the team behind the gym, which was forced to close.

But Willmott now has his eye on a new venture inside the old Tales of Robin Hood building, in what he described as an “incredible location.” He said: “This is a new project I’m developing after having to close the iconic Castle Gym last year. That was the end of an era.

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“It’s early days for this project and there are a lot of moving parts we’re managing, but this could just be the first step in a new era for what is an incredible location in the heart of the city that truly deserves an exciting future after too many years of being effectively suspended.”

New plans have been submitted to change the use of the vacant building to allow for the opening of a gym and restaurant within it. The space has been empty since 2009, the year Tales of Robin Hood went into voluntary liquidation.

The empty Tales of Robin Hood site on Maid Marian Way.(Image: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post)

In its heyday, a chairlift would take visitors to a recreation of medieval Nottingham and Sherwood Forest. But Tales of Robin Hood, which opened in 1989, closed due to rent arrears. A Tesco Express was later opened inside part of the large building.


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