Gulliver's World November 2019
The expansion would connect to nature trails leading to nearby Sankey Valley Park

Gulliver’s eyes expansion in Warrington

Dan Whelan

Gulliver’s World, which owns and operates four theme parks across the country, has submitted an application for a 15-acre expansion into woodland next to its Warrington site, under the Gulliver’s Glade brand.  

The Gulliver’s Glade brand has been created “to lead the next steps into the holiday accommodation market and compete with established holiday brands such as Centreparcs”, according to the project’s planning consultancy County Planning. 

The current Gulliver’s World is located north of Warrington, off Shackleton Close between Old Hall, Westbrook and Callands.

The expansion plans are split into two main parts: a woodland retreat comprising 79 wooden chalets, built off site and delivered to the park, and a woodland activity zone featuring a spa and pet resort. 

The woodland activity zone would give access to a series of nature trails connected to the nearby Sankey Valley Park and Woodland Trust land. 

The application also proposes 151 car parking spaces to be used by guests and staff, and a 3,200 sq ft staff headquarters building. 

Gulliver’s estimates that the expansion would generate an additional £1.2m for the local economy each year. 

The group operates four theme park resorts in Warrington, Rotherham, Milton Keynes and Matlock Bath, attracting a total of over a million visitors each year. 

Similar expansion plans have already been approved at the group’s Rotherham site. 

The Warrington park opened in 1989 and includes rides, soft play centres, a water park and activity areas, together with a 58-suite hotel. 

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Gullivers’ world must not be granted permission for any expansion. It is located in an area full of family homes, old peoples homes, nursing homes and residences of other vulnerable people. The deafening noise particularly with the
several fireworks display terrorises the elderly frail residents, not to mention the plight of dogs,cats and other pets and wild
animals and birds. The idea to of a pet resort in this frightening environment, when we run away from hour homes with our dogs to avoid the fire works is to say the least laughable. I urge the council leaders please deny the permission for Gullivers’ expansion. The coronavirus shut down demonstrates how peaceful the area could be without
the constant noise from Gullivers’ world.

By Dr A. Choudhury

The traffic around that area is appalling at the best of times and an increase in people visiting the site would cause even more problems to those who live in the area. Definitely not a good idea.

By J Williams

You could address that by restricting the fireworks. Other than that, it has been there for over 30 years so people living locally know the score when they are buying nearby.

By By Gully its Hot

Only 30 years? We’ve been here far longer. No, we did not know about Gulliver’s World when we bought our house. We bought it well before the plans for a theme park were submitted. Originally there was a road planned and we discovered a while later that could have been with a flyover but it didn’t happen. Granted Gulliver’s was only small when it was first built and wasn’t too invasive then. Different story now!

By Concerned resident