GULLIVER’S World is to open a new £5.6m woodland retreat with holiday chalets, static caravans and lodges, as well as kids activities.
The new attraction would be part of Gulliver’s World in Warrington.
It follows the opening of Gulliver’s Valley earlier this year, their newest theme park, in Yorkshire.
The 15-acre green field site, located within Sankey Valley Park, will also have outdoor woodland walks, with an activity zone for younger guests between 2 and 13.
For the adults, a spa and relaxation site would also be on-site, and even a pet resort.
As well as the 69 wooden lodges, camping grounds and a caravan site would also be on-site to offer a range of accommodation options for families.
This means guests of the park will be able to stay overnight for the first time.
According to the Gulliver’s World website: “The plans are for a woodland themed holiday resort to support the existing theme park.
“Like many other resorts, the changing market means that overnight stays and UK short breaks for families are growing.
“We have a unique opportunity to provide for fun, themed breaks for children aged primarily 2-13 and provide a magical experience for families.
“The planning application seeks permission to situate 69 woodland lodges, a spa and camp/caravan site together with six units of group accommodation for school groups, childcare clubs and organisations such as scouts and guides and a pet resort.”
Construction work is expected to start in spring 2021.
Julie Dalton, MD of Gulliver’s World commented: “The pandemic has been a challenging time for our operations.
“Social distancing measures look set to be in place for some time yet and being able to provide visiting families with clean self-contained accommodation is a really important part of our business plan going forward.
“The permission aligns our Warrington resort with the range of accommodation and activities on offer at our other three resorts and will help secure over 220 jobs and create 41 new jobs in future. We are very pleased with the outcome.”
The proposals have been approved despite more than 600 objections in the local area, due to fears of increased noise and air pollution as well as its proximity to nearby schools.