Holiday Park Innovation Show blog post 4

A brand new multi-million-pound theme park is set to open in 2020, and is expected to begin construction this month. The development is planned between Chesterfield and Sheffield, in South Yorkshire. Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park will be a £37 million project and will create more than 250 jobs.

The plan includes an extensive list of family-friendly activities and facilities. The park will include rides and attractions, an indoor water play zone, a climbing centre, and a woodland adventure centre. Resort accommodation will be in the shape of a central Castle Hotel, as well as ‘glamping’ lodges and woodland treehouses. On top of all that, there will be nature trails, walks, outdoor gyms, and an ecology centre with forest classrooms and outdoor learning adventures.

The resort will be aimed at families with children between 2 and 13 years old. It will be available to the local community as well as visitors, with multi-use nature trails connecting the resort with the wider Rother Valley. One of the areas, Gully’s Dream Village, will become a community where children with life-threatening illnesses have the chance to enjoy cost-free respite within a magical environment.

Gulliver’s has been running attractions for over 40 years, but its Managing Director Julie Dalton has said that this is the most ambitious yet, as the 250-acre site is bigger than all their parks put together. Speaking to The Star, Dalton said she is confident that the development will give the local area a massive economic boost, as they aim to use a local supply chain, as well as creating 255 full-time jobs. It is hoped the resort will be a real positive for the Rother Valley community.

So, after a year of preparation, the buildings should start rising from the ground this month. The Pit House West site on which Gulliver’s Valley Park will be built is on the old Brookhouse Colliery, which closed in 1985. Dalton has praised the restoration job undertaken by The Coal Board and has said that lakes, walkways and wildlife have now taken over so much that you wouldn’t know its former use. They will design around the site’s new “country park feel”.

Alongside other leading holiday parks like Centre Parcs and LEGOLAND, Gulliver’s is a great hit within the ‘staycation’ market. Their latest venture strives to offer stronger and more professional levels of service and persuade families to stay in the UK for their holiday experiences. The venue is expected to launch in 2020.