Largest water park in the UK to open with swim-up bars and 35 slides

By Dianne Bourne & Emily Withers

A huge new water park is to open in the UK in 2023, after plans were approved last week.

The £250m Therme spa facility will be built across 28 acres in Manchester, and will be the UK's first city-based wellbeing resort.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the park will be double the size of Therme's Bucharest wellness centre which opened in 2016, and will be located next to the Trafford Centre. Its facilities include 25 pools, over 35 water slides and 30 saunas and steam rooms.

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The current largest indoor water park in the UK in Blackpool's Sandcastle Waterpark, which has 18 slides.

At the planned Therme facility in Manchester,there will also be a weekly timetable of exercise classes. Therme also plans to install beehives on the rooftop of the centre. They hope to use local honey in the on-site food offerings as well as in spa treatments.

There will also be a 10,000sqm botanical garden in the centre of the new site.

Therme Manchester will be on a huge 28-acre site next to the Trafford Centre. (Publicity Picture)

The centre is set to combine water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique experience 'never before seen in the UK' and tap into the staycation boom.

Bosses say the development is still on track for a 2023 opening, although building work remains at a preliminary stage on the site.

It is being planned at the space next to Barton Square at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

There will be a dedicated adults’ area with warm water lagoons among botanical gardens, swim-up bars, therapeutic mineral pools and luxurious steam rooms and saunas.

Bosses say all Therme Group resorts use state-of-the-art plant-based filtration to purify the environment, so guests are always breathing the freshest air and swimming in the cleanest ozone-treated water.

Richard Land, Chief Development Officer of Therme Group UK, said: " Therme Group is based on a belief that wellbeing should be accessible for all.

"The events of 2020 have shone a light on the necessity of this mission, especially for those in cities.

"Therme Manchester will redefine city wellbeing, enhancing mental and physical health through an experience based in water and nature.

It will offer a unique holiday at home, that acts as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles.”

How Therme Manchester will look (Therme)

This comes as plans were approved last month for another huge water-based facility at the Trafford Centre, with a £60m surfing lagoon on Barton Dock Road.

Plans for Modern Surf were approved last week. It is also aiming to open in 2023.

Therme bosses say they are doing everything possible to protect against COVID-19 at all of their destinations, and expect to welcome over 1.5m visitors to the Manchester site once open.

The Therme Group has already confirmed plans to roll out similar wellbeing resorts across the UK, including in Wales, London and Scotland, as well as in North America and the Asia-Pacific.

The UK-wide expansion is expected to create around 3000 jobs.

Pricing for access to the centre has not yet been revealed, but bosses say they are aiming to keep it 'affordable' for all.

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