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A new £250 million waterpark in the UK will boast the country's first-ever all-season beach.
Beaches in the UK have a certain charm to them, that's for sure: blustering winds, biting temperatures, dog walkers picking up poo or shuffling it under the sand, fish and chips on a bench by the crashing waves.
It's no wonder that whenever we face a heatwave, it's 'taps aff', with pasty Brits hitting the shorelines to eat ice cream and get a tan. For those who want to go to the beach all year round, this is the attraction for you.
Therme Manchester, the UK's first city-based wellbeing resort, is set to come to TraffordCity in a few years.
It'll be an 'immersive experience that benefits the mental and physical health and wellbeing of all who visit', its website notes, featuring a 'next generation' waterpark, thermal bathing and a wellbeing spa, as well as 'immersive digital art, an on-site urban farm and botanical gardens'.
The waterpark will also be equipped with the world's first living waterslides and an all-season urban beach. Overall, it'll have 20 pools and 35 water slides.
While you can find swimming pools and spas across Manchester, bosses want this to be a next-level 'integrated experience to benefit physical and mental health'.
It'll also include a visitor and education centre for school and community groups, focused on becoming a 'positive force in the community' to deliver something 'truly unique' for Manchester.
While it was originally planned to open sooner, construction has been pushed back to next year, so it'll likely open in 2025 with all things going to plan.
Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group 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."
James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel L&P, which is working with Therme, also said: "We are proud to be working in partnership with Therme Group to develop this exceptional wellbeing resort in TraffordCity.
"Therme Manchester will lead the way in health and wellbeing and with the updated plans now including the UK’s first all-season urban beach and the world’s first living waterslides.
"We are excited to continue working with Therme Manchester to deliver this innovative health and wellbeing experience in TraffordCity, the UK’s foremost retail, leisure and commercial destination.”
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