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Laser future for Mansfield’s The Village nightclub

Co-owner Matthew Proud who has bought the old Village Nightclub with business partner Mike Lee and are planning to turn it in to a laser quest attraction.

Co-owner Matthew Proud who has bought the old Village Nightclub with business partner Mike Lee and are planning to turn it in to a laser quest attraction.

A nightclub in Mansfield town centre that has stood derelict for more than a decade is to be transformed into a family entertainment venue.

Local investors Matthew Proud and Mike Lee have bought The Village off Midworth Street, with plans to create a series of combat-based games such as laser tag, Quaser and Reball, -an indoor version of paintballing.

They hope to include climbing and bouldering walls and a cafe in the 20,000 sq ft grade II-listed building.

They are also planing to leave the name as The Village.

Mike said: “There would be no point in changing the name because everyone still knows it as The Village!

“This was the biggest nightclub in Mansfield and its been empty for 12 years. We’ve been trying to buy it since January.

“It’s going to take some work because the buildings are just shells.

“People who used to come to the night club can’t believe the state of it.

“We’ve put this on Facebook, and in 24 hours we got more than 1,000 likes.

“It’s the biggest project we’ve ever taken on.

“We’d like to get it up and running by October, depending on how many problems we encounter.”

Some of the games planned are targeted towards children’s birthday parties, with others towards stag and hen, and even corporate events.

Popular in the 1990s, advanced technology has seen a resurgence in interest in combat-based games.

Matthew added: “There’s enough call for this, its a growing activity. I’ve been to eight different sites in the country and a lot only started in the last few years.”

 

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