Clipstone Heritage Park - just a dream!

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I jumped onto the coal train which took me to the National Mining Museum, an innovative futuristic exhibition showing the contribution of the UK’s miners to the energy industry.

I went down into the model mine which was quite scary and then up the winding tower to the ski-lift. Across to the Energy Discovery Dome an interactive exhibition showing how the UK’s energy works and where future energy will come from. Down to the below ground café and souvenir shop selling local craft work and artifacts.

After lunch to the Mine Theme Park with superb attractions focused on scary drops, lifts, the gas and water roller coaster and more gentle rides for youngsters, plus the entertainment and concert centre with the latest music and videos.

Soon to be added are the indoor ski slope, the Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean skating rink and Clipstone Golf Centre. Outdoor enthusiasts can walk or cycle to Vicar Water and enjoy the conservation and fishing centres and join the National Cycle Route.

Taking advantage of the increasing tourist market the centre cost £20 million to build and employs 200 local people, it links into the Robin Hood Experience at Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Center Parcs, Amen Corner and other attractions like Clumber Park, Mansfield Brewery Centre, Newstead Abbey and Nottingham to provide a unique experience for international visitors to Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest. Funded by private enterprise, Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark District Council, Mansfield District Council, English Heritage, the Coal Authority, UK Coal and the Energy Industry the attraction is unique to the UK and has revitalised local businesses.

A loud bang and flash woke me up from my dream and I realised the main attraction the Clipstone headstocks had been bulldozed to appease local residents. Oh well just another opportunity wasted by short sighted people. After all, one of the most important growing industries is now leisure and tourism.

Chris Stansfield,

Forest Town.