Sweet trip down memory lane at theme park


Theme park visitors are enjoying a tasty trip down memory lane as a retro sweet shop has opened at Gulliver’s in honour of its founders to mark the company’s 35th anniversary.

Mrs P’s Sweet Shoppe, located in Count’s Castle at Gulliver’s Warrington theme park was inspired by Hilary Phillips, wife of Gulliver’s founder Ray Phillips, who set up the company’s first park in Derbyshire in 1978.

Mrs Phillips played a pivotal role in the evolution of the theme park company, specialising in the retail side of the business.

Today, Gulliver’s is run by Mr and Mrs Phillips’ daughter Julie Dalton and son Nick Phillips, who decided their latest retail venture should pay homage to their mum.

Julie said: “Our mum played a huge and extremely valuable role in the creation and development of the Gulliver’s brand so Mrs P’s Sweet Shoppe is our nod to her hard work and enthusiasm – not to mention her sweet tooth!”

The Sweet Shoppe features more than 100 types of retro-style traditional sweets, including Double Dips, Parma Violets, Refreshers, Victory Vs, Candy Whistles and Mr Tom bars, as well as a range of American sweets. Homemade fudge is made on-site, and sweet trees and sweet buffets are available for weddings and parties.

Mr and Mrs Phillips still play an active role in the theme parks and regularly visit each location – and Julie says her mum has given the newest shop her seal of approval.

She said: “Our parents came up for the grand opening of Mrs P’s Sweet Shoppe and they were delighted with how it had turned out – they thought it was a great way to bring our history to life and treat parents to those delicious tastes that transport them right back to their own childhood – to introduce them to their own children!”

For more information visit www.gulliversfun.co.uk

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