Gulliver's World

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Gulliver's World Theme Park Warrington
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Gulliver's World Resort
SloganGiant Adventures for Families
LocationGulliver's World Resort, Warrington, Cheshire, England
Operated byGulliver's Theme Parks
Opened1989
Operating seasonSelected dates across the year
Websitehttp://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/

Coordinates: 53°24′22″N 2°37′05″W / 53.406°N 2.618°W / 53.406; -2.618

Gulliver's World is a theme park located in Warrington, England. It consists of themed areas including Lilliput Land, Gully Town, and Safari Kingdom; the park's attractions were designed for children between the ages of 2 and 13. Splash Zone and NERF Zone are two indoor attractions located next to the main theme park. A hotel opened on the site in 2012.

Gulliver's World has sister parks at Matlock Bath (Gulliver's Kingdom) and at Milton Keynes (Gulliver's Land).

History[edit]

Gulliver's World was opened in 1989 and is the second Gulliver's theme park to be built in the UK with the first being Gulliver’s Kingdom located in Matlock Bath; the park has expanded since then with additional attractions, bigger rides and with the opening of The Gulliver's Hotel to provide short breaks. Gulliver’s have focused specifically on families with younger children across their four theme parks.

Significant rides at the park include The Antelope, The Crazy Train and Apache Falls. Play areas are provided both indoors and outdoors for younger children.

Incidents[edit]

On 13 July 2002, a 15-year-old girl with Down syndrome fell 30 feet (9 m) from a Ferris wheel, she was taken to hospital, and died two days later from her injuries.[1] The park were fined a total of £80,000 for failing to ensure a person's safety, and not carrying out risk assessments.[2]

On 15 September 2018, The Crazy Train rollercoaster broke down after 2 wheels fell off during the ride, leaving 21 people trapped on the ride 50 feet above the ground for three hours. No one was injured.[3]

Rides and attractions[edit]

  • The Antelope
  • The Crazy Train
  • Dodgems
  • Moon Buggies
  • Alpine Log Flume
  • Jeep Safari
  • Tomb Raider
  • Maze of Cards
  • Veteran Cars
  • Apache Falls
  • Togo Tower
Togo Tower Ride
The Antelope Rollercoaster

The Gulliver's Hotel Warrington[edit]

Opened in 2012 the Gulliver's Hotel forms part of Gulliver's World Resort. Accommodation is primarily designed for families with relevant facilities and attractions nearby. Accommodation types include:

  • Themed Family Suites
  • Executive Suites
  • Accessible Accommodation
  • Interconnecting rooms

Themed rooms include the Swizzels Sweetie Suite and NERF Zone Suite.

The Gulliver's Hotel

Designed around a woodland theme, selected suites have a balcony area and all have en-suite facilities.

Splash Zone[edit]

Gulliver’s World has expanded to include additional indoor attractions that are available throughout the year. Splash Zone is their first major indoor venue on the site, consisting of multiple water based features such as slides and sprays. There are sessions on selected term time dates that are just for pre-school children; these 'Splash Tots' sessions have been introduced in recent years due to the high demand from parents with toddlers.

In summer 2017 Splash Zone was relaunched with 6 additional waterslides.

Splash Zone Warrington

Blast Arena[edit]

Designed for children aged 6 and over, this indoor attraction has been a popular choice for birthday parties and group visits in Warrington; the Blast Arena provides participants with a chance to gain experience in the target range and then enter the main NERF Arena. NERF Blasters, goggles and target vest are provided for each session. There are two more NERF Zone venues operated by Gulliver's Theme Parks, they are located at Gulliver's Land Resort and Gulliver's Kingdom Resort.

NERF Zone

RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre[edit]

The Gulliver’s World site was once part of the RAF Burtonwood air base; the official RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre was established and built on the theme park so that visitors could explore the history of the site in further detail. The centre features various collections including RAF memorabilia alongside numerous displays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girl Dies after Fairground Fall". BBC. 2002-07-15. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  2. ^ "Fine For Safety Breach Theme Park". BBC. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  3. ^ "Gulliver's World: 21 trapped on rollercoaster". BBC News. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.

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