Just shy of an hour from Leeds, the Trafford Centre in Manchester already has a lot going on. It’s an amazing hub for shopping, as well as plenty for kids with Legoland, Sea Life and Chill Factore for skiers and snowboarders. There will also be an extraordinarily massive all-season beach and waterpark there.
Named Therme Manchester, a £250 million project, will span 23 acres and aims to draw up to two million tourists every year, which is a huge number.
Therme Manchester, a massive park with ‘live’ water slides, a wave pool, and swim-up bars, is designed to improve visitors’ mental health and wellbeing.
The beach, 35 slides, a steam room, warm-water lagoons, mineral baths, ‘exotic palm tree relaxation spaces,’ and indoor and outdoor pools for kids will all be available inside.
There will also be water-based exercise courses, as well as yoga and meditation sessions, as well as the expected cafés and eateries.
The developers also included an education centre for schools and community groups, so it’s not all about splashing around. A two-acre garden at the park’s heart is the main attraction.
Therme, the company behind the park, is definitely trying to break away from the stereotype of a shabby waterpark. ‘This bio-diverse garden for all seasons will be an evolving work of beauty, with petal-shaped terraces, magnificent pools and water elements,’ according to a spokeswoman.
It will serve as a gathering place for people to socialise, learn, and discover new things.’ Then there won’t be any floaty plasters or shady wave machines here.
The resort was supposed to open in 2023, but after resubmitting plans that feature “immersive digital art” and a “living slide” (read: covered in plants), it’s more likely to open in 2025. Meanwhile, you may keep up with the latest news by visiting the official Therme Manchester website.
Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group Worldwide and CEO of Therme Group UK told the Manchester Evening News: “Our commitment to bring Therme Manchester to the UK is as strong as ever.”
‘Expert independent studies have shown the hugely positive economic and social impact that Therme Manchester will have, helping to create jobs, economic prosperity and bringing health and wellbeing to the daily lives of millions of guests.’