Reawakening the summer: Metro Mayor gets ‘Wake The Tiger’ preview ahead of July opening

A new tourist attraction is coming to St Phillips next month from the creative team behind the popular Boomtown festival, and it might just be the perfect place to explore with children in tow this summer, according to Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who got an exclusive preview.

Dubbed a ‘fantastical experience’ blurring the lines between film, art gallery, theme park and escape room, Wake The Tiger will be the world’s first-ever ‘amazement park’, with tickets going on sale in July! Invited to step into the world of Meridia, visitors will experience 27 different immersive and interactive rooms, including hidden forests and ice worlds, at the 37,000 square-foot complex.

The Metro Mayor, who is running a campaign encouraging Bristolians and visitors to rediscover the West of England this summer, got a sneak peek of one of their immersive ‘ice caves’. From expansive streets to jaw-dropping tunnels and fascinating details, the amazement park is full of surprises.

Before entering the chilly but charming ice caverns, the Metro Mayor discussed how the indoor experience has been made possible thanks to a £10,000 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority he leads when he met co-founder Graham MacVoy

The Mayor also met the talented team of over 100 West of England artists – including prop makers, robotic experts, architects and poets – hard at work to get everything ready for the July opening. They also discussed how Wake the Tiger will support 55 jobs for talented locals working in the West of England’s vibrant creative, production and hospitality industries.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris says the brand-new attraction for all ages will ensure everyone can take away a different experience as he urged local people to get behind Bristol’s newest tourist attraction this summer. He said: “The summer holidays are almost here and the West of England is bursting with brilliant ideas for family days out. But if you’ve not had time to plan any day trips just yet and are searching for inspiration, then look no further. The whole Wake The Tiger experience looks like something out of a storybook, and it goes to show just how many amazing things to do we have right here on our doorstep. I know everyone is excited for this brand-new local attraction to open next month and I’m so pleased a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority I lead has helped get Bristol’s newest visitor experience on its feet. From secret passageways to hidden forests and other mesmerising wonders, I encourage all to enter the world of Meridia and explore all Wake The Tiger, and our region, has to offer”.

Speaking about the visit, Graham MacVoy said: “We are weeks away from realising a project which has been in conception for over 5 years and we’re delighted to see what can be achieved with the amazing creative talents in the South West. As the world’s first Amazement Park, we’re looking to challenge, delight and amaze our visitors and we’re pleased to have the support of the city and the wider West of England Combined Authority to bring this project to fruition. We hope to be a kickstart in the regeneration of this exciting part of Bristol, bringing investment and tourism from all over the UK and beyond“.

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