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“Beautiful House Surrounded by Exquisite Nature”

Haigh Woodland Park
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Wigan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Haigh Woodland Park is the jewel in Wigan's crown of green spaces - and it's transforming into a one-of-a-kind attraction for families across the north west. Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles are spending millions of pounds making this the most beautiful and activity-packed park in the region.
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“Beautiful House Surrounded by Exquisite Nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Haigh Hall is a beautiful old country manor that perches on a near perfect view of Wigan and the surrounding countryside. Also on the grounds is the Haigh Country Park which offers walled gardens, childrens play area and the stables which house local artists and a cafe.
This is a gem of a place that I've come to since very young and has always and will always hold a special place in my heart. On any given day there are children screaming with delight in the play area while couples stroll through the gardens and grounds enjoying this little taste of paradise in the north. The artist studios provide a respite from daily life and offer classes for students and adults alike.
These days it is a little worse for wear but the locals and "Friends of Haigh" are fighting to bring it back to its' former glory.

Visited August 2012
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“Used to be a wonderful place, now neglected and run down”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

When I was a child this was one of my favourite places, great playground, old fashioned trolley buses that took you around the park, and the great highlight: the mini zoo, which for just a country park was brilliant. I have returned over the years now and again with my own children to find to my disappointment that the zoo was long gone, but the kids still enjoyed the place.
Yesterday however I thought it had hit an all time low. The mini golf we had played on our last visit was so overgrown you could barely see it. The fish pond which we had always visited to spot tho enormous goldfish seemed to contain nothing but a few tadpoles, and the old greenhouses behind the pond, once full of glorious plants were now a mass of man high weeds in a broken down ruin.
The one time zoo, which took up a large space, has never utilised, it is all locked up and if you peep over the wall in places you can still just about see all the old animal pens between the mass of weeds that have been left to grow. I could just make out the old path that used to circle the zoo but it was difficult it was so overgrown. It's almost like something out of the secret garden the way it's been locked away behind this wall for the last 20 years or so.
We followed a path into the woods beside a railway track. This went for considerable distance but unsurprisingly this was also now disused, further into the woods we found another mini train that was operating but was only round a much shorter track.
The children enjoyed the afternoon well enough but to me I could not believe how neglected the place had become, whoever is responsible for running it should be ashamed, a once fabulous park is now a run down tatty shadow of its former self, and they can't say they don't get the visitors because it was heaving.
What a tragedy that it has been left to go to rack and ruin as it has.

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“Sadly unloved and run down”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

We chose this place for friends coming from different directions to meet. The website was promising and the drive into the park through pleasant countryside was optimistic. Unfortunately from then on it was downhill. We went first to the informaton centre where there was no information and the member of staff there could tell us nothing. There was one A4 size hand drawn map, we took the last one, it was difficult to interpret. We had read about the restaurant on the website and thought we would get a nice lunch. In fact the bar served practically nothing and the basic cafe was a complete 'greasy spoon'. I bought a sandwich and cake which was stale. The toilets smelled of drains. We went for a walk around the grounds, groundsmen are obviously making an effort to maintain it and lawns were neatly cut, however a pitch and put was completely over grown and sadly in need of repair. There was a children's playground which looked popular. towards the end of our visit we had a cup of tea in the bar upstairs, we left as it closed to find as we came down in the lift that the exit door had been locked . We went back up but the bar entry had been locked and the staff had obviously left by a different exit. we were trapped in the stair well. We eventually left by an emergency exit. The place was deserted. There is a real health and safety issue for staff who MUST make sure that all customers are safely off the premises before they lock up and leave. The place appears to be run by a company on behalf of Wigan Council. Come on Wigan your people deserve better than this and you are well placed between 2 motorways to attract travellers like us. However we won't be back.

Visited April 2012
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