Theme Park Being Considered On Former Colliery Site

February 16, 2017 | Comments Off

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Planning permission is being submitted to Rotherham council today, to turn the former Brookhouse Colliery, near Rother Valley Country club in Rotherham into a theme park. The land was bought by the Gulliver’s company, who operate three theme parks in Matlock Bath, Warrington and Milton Keynes.

The company plan to turn the former 333 acre opencast colliery site into a £37m theme park called “Gulliver’s Valley Resort” over a period of 12 years. The resort would include a theme park, adventure centre, woodland lodges, a hotel and a holiday village.

This isn’t the first time a former coal mine has been turned into a theme park though. In the 1990’s the Earth Centre theme park was built on the site of the former Denaby Main Colliery in Doncaster. Funded mostly by a £41.6m award from the Millennium Commission, the attraction became one of the Landmark Millennium projects.

The park originally opened in 1994 and included a sustainable aquaculture centre and a community farm. Following the Millennium Commission grant the park re-opened in May 2001 with more attractions, including a crazy golf course and Amazon adventure play area. But in 2004 the doors were closed for good as visitor numbers were not being met. The park received a lot of bad press in both local and national media.

One of the people who lampooned the site was Doncaster born motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson. It was later revealed in the BBC one show “Who Do You Think You Are” that Clarkson’s family owned the Kilner Glass factory that used to be based next to the former colliery in Denaby Main and was now land the Earth Centre was occupied on.

Let’s hope that this new attraction in South Yorkshire doesn’t go the same way as the Earth Centre did, and that Rotherham Council grants the planning permission.

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