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Gulliver’s World gets green light for £5.6m Woodland Retreat

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Gulliver’s World Theme Park Resort has got the green light for a £5.6 million extension with themed accommodation and woodland lodges, known as Woodland Retreat.

The new development will offer unique short breaks for families, featuring themed accommodation and woodland lodges in Warrington, Cheshire.

In addition, there will be woodland walks, a camping meadow, children’s woodland activity zone, and a spa and relaxation suite.

It’s thought that the new development at Gulliver’s World will be similar to the offering at Gulliver’s Valley, the latest attraction from the group.

Applications were first submitted in March, with plans designed to complement the existing woodland features, eradicate invasive plant species and plant up to 3,000 trees.

Woodland Retreat construction starts in spring 2021

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The council’s report said (via Manchester Evening News): “The proposed development would allow the applicant to continue to diversify its offering, securing their future viability and would provide a boost to the economy through the creation of jobs and an enhanced leisure/tourist attraction.”

Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s World, said: “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 the future. We are very pleased with the outcome.”

Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park Resort launched on July 11 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The first phase includes a 15-acre theme park and themed accommodation.

Construction work is scheduled to start on Woodland Retreat in spring 2021.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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