"Spike" wrote:Hehe, Dara - :wales: Official Oakey Fan Girl Extraordinaire :wales:
There has to be SOME bad points Dara or valid criticism from people at some points. I don't think I have ever seen you agree with any negativity shown towards Oakwood. :sus:
I've never been, although I should go soon as it sounds like the greatest place on earth. :yikes:
"AstroDan" wrote:I am sure it was you who preferred Oakwood to Europa-Park.
Was it not?
"FOGplaya" wrote:the dont really have space so they will be knocking down something like spooky 3D or vertigo wat ive heard :(
"CoasterCrazyChris" wrote:And? Not much of a loss really, I won't bother explaining my reason about Spooky 3D as its kind of obvious, but TBH Vertigo is nothing special really either, its essentially just a frame with a rope attached and takes up valuable space - looks fun though!
The man behind Wales' biggest tourism project says the go-ahead for the £110m holiday village in Pembrokeshire is the "fruition of a lifelong dream".
Following years of controversy of court battles, construction work is about to begin on Bluestone.
The £110m upmarket village of wood cabins - with water park and snow centre - promises to create 900 jobs.
William McNamara said there had been some "very dark days" during the legal challenges which held up the scheme.
But though frustrated about the delays, he said he never gave up on his "iconic destination" of west Wales.
The 500-acre development of upmarket holiday cabins, which plans to draw in hundreds of thousands of new visitors to Wales each year, was first mooted publicly four years ago.
Mr McNamara said he always had the idea for Bluestone but early in his career, more prosaic matters were at the fore - dairy farming
His parents moved from London to start a new life farming in Pembrokeshire in 1949.
"I was destined, I believed, to a career in agriculture and I went to agriculture college and came home in 1980," he explained.
"But I realised within four or five years that I probably needed to look at something else because of the problems the industry was facing.
"So I came up with the idea to start a theme park instead."
That was to be Oakwood, Wales' only theme park, which has attracted millions of day-trippers to Pembrokeshire.
"I created Oakwood. It was my idea but it was a family business."
But even then the Bluestone dream was germinating, and in 2002 the businessman handed over the reins of Oakwood to his brother Paddy to pursue the dream of the holiday village nearby.
"Oakwood was a day visitor attraction and was very successful, but I wanted to do something else, to create a tourist attraction that would be totally new," he said.