Boomtown Fair: Company plans for ‘amazement park’ in Bristol which will be the first of its kind in Europe

The company behind Boomtown Fair (pictured) want to set up an‘amazement park’ in Bristol The company behind Boomtown Fair (pictured) want to set up an‘amazement park’ in Bristol
The company behind Boomtown Fair (pictured) want to set up an‘amazement park’ in Bristol
Visitors would be taken on tours of the park lasting one to three hours

The company behind Boomtown Fair has unveiled plans for an ‘amazement park’ in the city.

If approved by Bristol City Council, the theme park would be constructed at the address of the festival’s HQ in St Philip’s.

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The firm already has a music venue called Area 4040 at the site.

But it is best known for its annual festival in Hampshire, which returns next year after a two-year absence.

The planning statement submitted to the city council for the theme park in Bristol gives a summary of the company’s aims.

It outlines how the plans are to secure planning permission for the change of use of the existing unit currently occupied by Boomtown as their head office with space for storage and construction of their sets for their annual festival, to an ‘amazement park’.

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The application also describes the construction as ‘a pioneering multi-sensory immersive art theme park’ and one which will ‘further enhance Bristol’s well-developed creative tourism offer’.

The site of BoomTown HQ on Albert Road, Bristol (Pic on Google Maps) The site of BoomTown HQ on Albert Road, Bristol (Pic on Google Maps)
The site of BoomTown HQ on Albert Road, Bristol (Pic on Google Maps)

The proposed development has also been described in the planning documents as something which will be the first of its kind in Europe.

There will be ‘upwards of 27 artistic and interactive environments’ for visitors to discover during tours that last between one and three hours.

The planning statement adds: “This recreational arts space will be brought by Boomtown, who are behind one of the world’s most breath-taking festivals, Boomtown Fair, which annually attracts more than 66,000 visitors and has a global fan-base of over half a million followers.

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“This development will build on the existing foundation of creative arts which it has already developed through Boomtown, allowing it to create a permanent, year round recreational arts park which will have evolving activities and experiences that inspire audiences to consider the emergence of a better world.”

The statement also says that the park would employ 100 people, which is 60 more than who are currently working at the site.

The city council aims to make a decision on the planning application by the end of January next year.

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