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Much-loved attraction with huge soft play and inland ‘beach’ in top UK holiday destination forced to close

by Staff

BRITS have been left devastated after it was confirmed a loved English attraction is being forced to close.

The 19-acre Heartlands Trust opened in 2012 in Pool, Cornwall as a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

A £35million attraction in the UK is being forced to closeCredit: Alamy
Heartlands Trust was home to the largest free adventure park in CornwallCredit: Heartland Trust

Inside was a mining-themed play area Wheal Play, which was open seven days a week and even had unlimited hot drinks.

It was also home to the biggest free adventure playground in Cornwall, with The Giant’s Trap wooden climbing structure, sea saws, wooden trains and even inland beach with diggers,

There was also the Red River Cafe, serving classic English dishes as well as having a fully licensed bar serving local beers, along with a mining museum, co-working hub and interactive exhibition spaces.

As many as 360,000 people visited a year, with school trips and family visits and a popular annual firework display.

And it was given a huge £22million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest single grant given to any project at the time.

Despite this, it was confirmed that parts of the attraction will close by the end of the month.

A statement from the Heartlands Trust and Cornwall Council said: “Despite the hard work and dedication over many years of the Heartlands Trust, the registered charity that runs Heartlands in Pool, and the staff there, it has become clear that Heartlands is unable to continue to cover its operating costs and facilities at the site will have to close. 

“Despite its popularity, recent economic conditions have meant that utility costs have considerably increased and income from operations has decreased. 

“All of the funding options currently available have now been exhausted and Cornwall Council is not in a position to be able to step in and provide ongoing financial support for the current operation.  

“It is currently envisaged that the Café, Soft Play, and the Conference Centre and meeting rooms will close at the end of January.”

Previous guests have been left gutted by the news, with one saying it was “devastating”.

They said on Facebook: “This is devastating news. Truly the best community thing we have had in many years.”

Another said: “So very sad, this was very much a community led project, putting the ‘heart’ back into the area.”

The park and gardens will remain open to the public, with some of the shops and offices also not affected.

Anyone with tickets will be fully refunded.

It’s just the latest UK attraction forced to close in recent weeks.

KidZania London, which opened in 2015, closed at short notice last week.

And the Alton Towers Spa has closed after 21 years.

In better news, here’s the 138-year-old seaside attraction set to open next year.

The parks and gardens will remain openCredit: Instagram/heartlandscornwall

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