Haigh Hall Woodland Park sees record rise in visitors
Wigan's jewel in the crown has become a regional tourism hotspot since a major upgrade was completed two years ago.
New figures show that almost half a million people have visited Haigh Woodland Park this year alone – a record.
The facility received a £3.6m investment from Wigan Council to become a hub of activity offering things to enjoy all year round. In 2016 the council entered into a lease of Haigh Hall with a hotel operator.
Since then, the authority has been able to invest back into the park, producing many improvements including the play area, high ropes, the redevelopment of the stables, new visitor centre and adventure golf.
National Play Day saw a record for the most visits in one day with 14,000 visiting on August 1 and Pumpkin Pickin’ Spooky Saturday saw visitors venture to Haigh, not only from the Greater Manchester area but from miles around.
In 2017 there were 438,000 visitors and by the end of October this year the figure had already topped 460,000. This figure is expected to be closer to 530,000 by the end of the year with all Christmas events.
There’s plenty going on for foodies too in Kitchen Courtyard with a range of artisan retailers.
Peter Burt, MD of Inspiring healthy lifestyles said: “Haigh Woodland Park has welcomed near to half a million visitors this year with a record number of children, parents and carers enjoying the new attractions and beautiful surroundings.”