Universal Studios confirms plans for first UK attraction – and buys huge plot of land to build it

Universal Studios has confirmed that planning is underway for its first UK theme park – and the Hollywood heavyweight has already bought a large chunk of land for the resort.

Universal currently has attractions in the US and Asia and they have now set their sights on Bedford for their UK debut.

Speaking to Sky News, a spokesperson for Universal Destinations and Experiences confirmed that the company has “acquired land” and is “in the early stages of exploring the possibility of a potential park and resort at this location”.

“It will be many months before we are ready to make a decision to proceed and we look forward to engaging with all relevant stakeholders and the local community,” they added.

The studio – which, like Sky, is owned by Comcast – is always looking for new locations that can become home to potential projects.

The Bedford site is just 15 minutes’ drive from the city center and covers acres of land either side of Manor Road and Kempston Hardwick station.

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A map showing the land purchased by Universal

More than half of the UK population lives within two hours of the site, which is just 45 minutes from London and easily accessible from Luton Airport.

Universal theme parks celebrate the studio’s most successful films and franchises with rides dedicated to movies including Fast & Furious, Despicable Me and Jurassic World.

Their parks in Hollywood and Osaka, Japan, are home to entire areas themed around Harry Potter and Super Nintendo, but executives have yet to decide which movies might inspire attractions at the Bedford location.

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