Summer-long 'retreat' featuring water park, beach and fairground rides could be coming to Yorkshire

A new summer holiday attraction could be created in Sheffield featuring an aqua park, beach area and fairground rides.

Meadowhall Contracts Ltd asked Sheffield Council for permission to use the orange zone area of the shopping centre’s car park, near the Oasis Food Court, for a summer-long “retreat” called Love Summer run by Crow Events.

It would feature an aqua splash park with inflatable rides and pools, rollercoaster rides, a beach area with 60 tonnes of sand and a dinning area with a bar offering artisan drinks and high end cocktails.

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If approved by the council, Love Summer will run every day between noon and 9pm from July 22 to September 4 and take place annually for the next five years.

Love Summer could be coming to Sheffield

It is expected to attract around 5,000 visitors a day at peak times.

In a statement provided with the plans Meadowhall Contracts said: “The concept of the summer deployment is a celebration of summertime and holidays, including sandy beaches, splash pools and water games, family rides and attractions, seaside games, gourmet foods, and daily entertainment programme of family fun, delivered by friendly staff.

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Parents are able to relax and shop, in the knowledge that their children can play in a self-contained, safe and clean environment. An entertainment team that will be deployed around the aqua splash and beach area, which will operate like holiday park entertainers with a different line up each day.”

The car park was deemed the most suitable place to host the event, having been used for similar purposes before.

Meadowhall Contracts said tickets will be able to be purchased either on the day or in advance online.

It will cost £2.50 per person to access the beach area and entertainment. There will be a token system with tokens costing £1 each. The aqua splash attraction will cost £5 for two hours.

here will also be packages for people to book various elements together. So far there are no comments from members of the public on the plans.

To read the plans in full or comment, click here.