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Fairytale castle and pirate ship-shaped hotel could be coming to Gulliver's World

The family-friendly attraction is set to undergo a huge transformation.

A pirate ship-shaped hotel could be built at Gulliver’s World theme park. Bosses at the family-friendly attraction have applied for planning permission to build a 71-bedroom hotel and leisure resort close to the Warrington site.

The themed accommodation will include a hotel shaped like a pirate ship and a fairytale castle with luxury suites, family rooms and a village resort. Known as the Wilderness Wharf, the development will also house a number of holiday lodges, alongside a café, craft centre and children’s indoor play centre.

A planning application for the project has been submitted. A decision is expected in April. 

The extension would coincide with Gulliver’s World’s 30th birthday and would mark 40 years since the birth of the company, which also operates parks in Milton Keynes and Matlock Baths.

Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s, said: “This is our 40th year in business and next year we are proud to be celebrating our 30th year in Warrington.

“The proposals will help us continue to deliver quality leisure breaks and entertainment as the UK holiday market changes and grows, providing quality, family-friendly accommodation that suits all budgets and tastes.”

The development, which could be similar to the themed hotels at Alton Towers, will be situated on 2.4-acre site in Westbrook.

Consultancy County Planning, which has submitted plans on behalf of Gulliver’s Theme Parks and Leisure Resorts, says the extension would take between two to three years to build, subject to planning permission.

The £3.6m proposal would create 40 new jobs and add £6m to the town’s economy, the firm added.

Dan Matthewman, director of County Planning, said: “The Wilderness Wharf development is a complete overhaul of expansion plans originally approved in 2007. It will complement the existing theme park, as well as stimulating the local economy by over £6m and providing more than 40 local jobs.

“The plans will capture the imagination of visitors and enhance this important visitor attraction in the town. The extension to the site facilities at Warrington indicates a strengthening of the UK leisure sector more widely.”

Gulliver's World currently has more than 80 rides and attractions such as playgrounds, splash zones and soft play areas. The park is popular among parents as it caters for children between the ages of two and thirteen.

The full development plans will soon be available to view on the Warrington council website.