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06th Mar 2023

New waterpark with Britain’s first all-season indoor beach, swim-up bars and 35 slides set to open

Steve Hopkins

This will be epic!

Work is set to begin on a £250million indoor water park in the UK that is roughly the size of 19 football pitches.

Therme Manchester, which was initially confirmed in 2020, is a “well-being resort” and will sit on the former EventCity conference centre which has been demolished, and is right next to the Trafford Centre.

The 28-acre site will have 25 swimming pools for all ages, as well as a wave pool and is set to open in 2025. An official date and ticket prices are yet to be announced. Site preparation is currently underway ahead of construction beginning.

Therme Manchester will also feature 35 water slides and have water fitness classes.

Kid-free guests can enjoy the adult-only section which will have swim-up bars, water lagoons and more than 30 steam rooms and saunas.

The facility will also have the UK’s first all-season beach with palm trees and sun loungers and is covered by a huge glass dome, so every day will be good for swimming.

Other highlights include a 10,000sqm “wellbeing garden”; restaurants and cafes.

James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s Executive Director of Development said: “Therme Manchester is a landmark development for the North and something the UK has never seen before.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the land being prepared to welcome the resort to TraffordCity and we’re proud to help bring such an amazing attraction to the North West which we know will be enjoyed by so many people across the country whether it’s for a fun family day out, relaxation or educational trips.”

Therme Bucharest in Romania opened in 2016, but is only half the size of the Manchester attraction.

The Sun noted that Therme Manchester isn’t the only water attraction opening in the UK, with the £50million Seahive due to open in Kent. It features surfing pools, splash zones as well as accommodation pods and five-star hotel.

If it goes ahead, it will be the second of its kind in the UK, and similar to Bristol’s The Wave.

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