100 jobs to be created by theme park’s expansion

Mo Chaudry, owner of Waterworld

100 jobs will be created in the first wave of expansion at Stoke-on-Trent’s Waterworld after plans for a £10m development on the site were approved.

The “exciting and ambitious plans” will see a 60,000 sq ft development alongside the existing aqua theme park that will include a spa and fitness club, a trampoline park, new water rides and attractions.

It will also incorporate a Adventure Mini Island Golf, weeks after the Birmingham leisure business became part of the Waterworld Group.

Mo Chaudry, chairman of Waterworld Group, said: “This is a significant investment into the region and will not only help boost the local economy but also strengthen Stoke on Trent’s bid for City Of Culture in 2021.”

Waterworld currently attracts more than 400,000 people a year and the group is targeting 750,000 annual visitors once the development is complete.

The aqua theme park employs 140 people, with a further 60 people part of the wider group.

The group also has big plans for Adventure Mini Island Golf and is looking to open 20 indoor adventure golf centres around the UK in the next five years.