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More than 1,600 members of the autistic community spent the day at Gulliver’s World this weekend, as part of a theme park takeover by The A World UK.

The Salford-based not-for-profit organisation, which exists to support the autistic community across the north of England, took over the entire theme park and hotel at Gulliver’s World on Saturday 25 March, with the aim of creating a safe and quiet space for the community to relax and have fun.

Tickets for the takeover event – the organisation’s second at Gulliver’s World - sold out in a matter of hours, with attendees benefiting from having their own space and being able to mix with other families who understand what it’s like to live with autism.

Adam Howell, managing director at The A World UK, said: “This year marked the second time we’ve took over Gulliver’s World for the day, and we had an amazing time, welcoming more than 1,600 members of the autistic community to the theme park.

“Our guests all stated how much fun they had and how wonderful it was to be able to make memories in a relaxed, quiet and non-judgemental environment.

“The team at Gulliver’s were extremely welcoming and made everyone who attended feel comfortable and confident in their surroundings - it’s sure to become an annual occasion for us.”

Craig Clews, resort director at Gulliver’s World, said: “It was an honour to welcome back The A World UK, along with so many members of the autistic community, to our park.

“People often don’t appreciate how overwhelming places such as theme parks can be for people with autism, and so it was our pleasure to provide a venue for The A World UK and allow families to have fun and enjoy a relaxing day out together, without any worries.”

For further information about Gulliver’s World, visit www.gulliversworld.co.uk

For more information about The A World CIC, visit www.theaworlduk.com

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