A 18-hole Viking adventure golf course at Southport Pleasureland is set to open next month.
The attraction, located at the front of the theme park on the Esplanade, features more than 100 trees, hundreds of plants, a themed eatery and bar, as well as plenty of Viking props.
Pleasureland owner Norman Wallis told the Champion: “The Viking theme was chosen as our local area is steeped in Viking history.
“Many of the local town names and even surnames are thought to have Viking origins, such as the surname Rimmer and place names such as Ormskirk, Altcar and so on. We are keen to create an attraction that is very exciting, with a really good atmosphere, but that also has local relevance so that it is both fun and educational.
“It really is unique as there is nothing like this anywhere else in the UK, so we hope that it will help to attract more people to the area to help the wider Southport, Sefton and Liverpool City Region economies.”
Mr Wallis had a helping hand from celebrity TV gardener Matt Leigh, who is best known for appearing on ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.
Matt carefully selected the trees and plants to create four different ‘zones’ within the new attraction.He said: “I really understand what Norman is trying to achieve here - an exciting new attraction involving wildlife, trees and plants.”
“There are four themed areas - Boat Yard; Marshland; Village Life; and Market Place. Every area will have different types of trees and plants, with different colours, different textures, different smells. A lot of these plants have amazing scents.
“Kids should enjoy touching and feeling the plants, it should be part of the experience. It has all been thought through. I have seen adventure golf attractions before, but what Southport Pleasureland is creating here is on a completely different scale! People are going to really enjoy it.”