Haigh Woodland Park development

New stables

Kitchen courtyard

How it might look

A hotel room

Luxury living

How guests rooms might look

Adventure play area

High life

High ropes adventure

Mountain biking


Hire a bike and hit the park

Adventure golf

Adventure golf

18 holes of fun for all the family

jHaigh Woodland Park development artists impression

Adventure play

Artist’s impression of how the adventure play area might look

Visit the Haigh Woodland Park website for more information.

The vision

A multi-million pound investment is set to transform Wigan’s best loved attraction into a regional destination for the whole family.

Up to £12m will be spent over the next five years as the historic Grade II listed manor house, Haigh Hall, and the surrounding 250 acres of woodland are given a new lease of life.

Highlights of the massive makeover, announced by Wigan Council and its partners include:

  • A £6m restoration of Haigh Hall through the creation of a luxury 30-bed hotel with spa and fitness centre, transforming the highly-prized stately home in a fashion which is sympathetic and respectful to its heritage into a luxury wellness resort
  • Construction of a new family adventure zone with a high ropes area and an innovative adventure golf course
  • Improved footpaths, heritage trails and signposted links to local bike routes
  • Enhanced infrastructure including car parking, toilets and signage around the whole site
  • A comprehensive set of conservation and woodland management plans, supported through major funding bids to regenerate, protect and promote the park's many heritage assets and the famous plantations
  • A series of high profile live events
  • Providing a beautiful location in the estate for some of the region's best food and drink producers – helping make the park a year-round destination.

Haigh Hall and Country Park already attracts around 300,000 people annually but this will rise to 500,000 within the next five years, which will see the site contribute £30m per year to the local economy, creating jobs and saving the council money in the long run.

Wigan Council will invest £4m and will seek to secure an additional £2m in funding.

Investment for Haigh Hall will come from Contessa Hotels (up to £6m).

Weddings currently booked for Haigh Hall will be honoured and the hall will continue to take bookings for weddings and venue hire throughout the restoration.

Haigh Hall

An investment of up to £6m will transform Haigh Hall into a luxury four star boutique hotel, complete with 30 bedrooms, a spa and fitness centre. Timescales for this element of the scheme will be announced by the new operator.

How long will all this take?

Contessa Hotels will complete the refurbishment of the hall within two years, with most of the work completed within 12 months of planning approval.

When will work start refurbishing Haigh Hall?

Discussions with Contessa Hotels are at an advanced stage and planning permission for the hall improvements will go before the planning committee soon. We can assure you that we are working with a quality organisation with a proven track record in historic restoration.

Will events still take place at the Hall?

Contessa Hotels will manage Haigh Hall like any other similar venue. Offering conferences, weddings, events and banqueting. However, the future events programme has not yet been confirmed.

Will public access be affected?

Contessa Hotels will positively encourage public access. Public access will actually increase as the building will be open daily. At present Haigh Hall is only open to the public when events are taking place.

I’ve booked a wedding at Haigh Hall. Will this announcement affect this?

No, this will not affect wedding bookings.

Will the work on the Woodland Park affect my wedding pictures?

Your wedding day will not be affected by work taking place during the transformation of Haigh Hall and Haigh Woodland Park. Most of the work will take place in the area stretching from Haigh Stables to the Woodland Gardens. See our plans for more information.

I play golf at Haigh. Will my game be affected?

Not at all. The golf reception will be expanded to accommodate new services, for example a cycle centre - but the shop will continue to operate during this time and lessons will still be available for those looking to improve their game.

History of Haigh

Haigh Hall is a historic country house in Haigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. Built between 1827 and 1840 by James Lindsay, 7th Earl of Balcarres, it replaced an ancient manor house and was the Lindsay family's home until 1947, when it was sold to the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan.

The hall is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and is now managed as a conference centre and wedding venue by Wigan Council.

Haigh Hall is surrounded by 250 acres of park and woodland, with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh Hills.

Proposed developments on the map

Proposed plans for Haigh Woodland Park on the map
  1. Parking (1)
  2. Adventure golf
  3. Kitchen courtyard
  4. Parking (4)
  5. Flexible space
  6. Adventure high ropes
  7. £6 million Haigh Hall restoration
  8. Adventure play
  9. Walled garden
  10. Model Engineers Railway & Miniature Railway
  11. Haigh woodland

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