Some of Mr Blobby's most famous endeavours were the theme parks he took over: Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft; Happy Mount Park, Morecambe; Dobwalls Adventure Park, Cornwall; and Crinkley Bottom, Cricket St. Thomas.

Noel Edmonds also had a Blobby-less theme park venture called Gotchaland at Bicton Park, Devon.

 

 

CRINKLEY BOTTOM AT cRICKET sT. tHOMAS

1996 Leaflet

Opening 2nd July 1994, Mr Blobby took over the already thriving Cricket St. Thomas Wildlife Park near Chard, Somerset.

The park enabled visitors to explore Mr Blobby's house: 'Dunblobbin', and see him, Mrs and Baby Blobby in various live events. 

Over the large grounds Mr Blobby wasn't the only children's character housed at the park. Noddy was a firm favourite with his 'Noddy in Toytown' attraction, along with costume characters who fans could meet. 'The Magic Roundabout's' Dougal, Zebedee and friends could be found in the 'TV's Family Favourites' water ride, alongside Doctor Who's K-9 and a Dalek, The Clangers and Bill & Ben the Flowerpot Men. 

Shops at the park sold a large range of Mr Blobby memorabilia, along with park-specific merchandise including badges, tea-towels and mugs.

With the existing wildlife, fame from its use in the BBC's 'To the Manor Born' and huge range of family activities, Crinkley Bottom was a hit during the mid-nineties. It was also used as a filming location for Mr Blobby's second VHS tape, 'BlobbyVision'.

For more information and photographs on the Crinkley Bottom Theme Park, please visit our good friends at Dunblobbin - The Unofficial Crinkley Bottom Museum

You can browse the Official Crinkley Bottom at Cricket St Thomas Guide Book below. It's jam packed with photographs, quizzes and information, showing what it was like to visit the infamous park.

Noel Edmonds' World of Crinkley Bottom,

Morecambe

Opening 30th July 1994, 'Noel Edmonds' World of Crinkley Bottom', at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe was supposed to reach the same success that the Cricket St. Thomas Park did.

Much like Cricket St. Thomas, Happy Mount Park had already been open to the public for decades, and Lancaster City Council hoped the new Crinkley Bottom rebranding would attract 240,000 extra visitors a year.

The second park, however lasted a mere 13 weeks, visitor numbers were lower than expected and complaints were made that it wasn't good value for money.

Lancaster City Council blamed Noel Edmonds, claiming he didn't make enough appearances at the park and attempted to sue him for negligence. The council was found at fault, terminating their contract without permission. 

After a loss of £2 million and bitter disputes between the Council and The Unique Group, the park was closed with very few ever visiting the failed attraction. 

Pleasurewood Hills,

Lowestoft

First opening in 1983, Pleasurewood Hills was originally an American-themed park with their brown bear mascot, Woody. In 1995, Noel Edmonds and Mr Blobby began a three-year stint at the park. This featured the 'Crinkley Bottom Castle' where visitors could go in the famous Gunge Tank from 'Noel's House Party', the 'Grab-a-Grand' Tank was also featured in daily performances.

Visitors could meet Mr Blobby and, on certain days, Noel Edmonds would also make an appearance.

The park also had a dedicated Crinkley Bottom shop, where various Mr Blobby merchandise could be purchased.

Pleasurewood Hills is still open today with many of the rides that were there when Mr Blobby was a resident. You can view their official website here.

1995 Leaflet

1996 Leaflet

1997 Leaflet

Mr Blobby and Woody the Bear on the Dodgems, 1995

Inside the Crinkley Bottom General Store (Pleasurewood Hills Gift Shop)

Dobwalls Adventure Park, 

Cornwall

Dobwalls Adventure Park in Cornwall consisted of various woodland walks, an art gallery and miniature railways.

During the nineties, they created an indoor Blobby-themed play area and held events named 'Mr Blobbymania', where children could meet their pink and yellow hero. 

Photograph courtesy of Jessi Hill

Gotchaland, Bicton Park

1996 Leaflet

In 1996, Bicton Park in Devon hosted one of Noel Edmonds' strangest of ventures. 'Gotchaland' was a theme park based around the 'Noel's House Party' segment where celebrities were pranked by Noel.

The mascot was the well-known 'Phibber'...what do you mean you've never heard of him?!

The puppet appeared in Series 8 of 'Noel's House Party' in the 'My Little Friend' segment along with Waffle the Squirrel (voiced respectively by Noel Edmonds and Barry Killerby), as well as presenting alongside Noel. He perhaps thought his green chum could bring as much success as his pink and yellow friend...he didn't! 

The park featured a soft play area, called 'Phibber's Phamily Tree', two mini golf courses and a train line to enjoy the scenery of the botanical gardens.

The joke was that visitors would be 'Gotcha'd', with empty cages instead of promised wildlife, and a pile of sticks representing a stick insect. The public didn't find the joke as funny as they did on TV, so after opening on 11th July 1996, the park closed its doors only two months later.

"It was a Gotcha but it's not funny, especially when you've paid £4.85 to get in. Kids couldn't see the funny side."

Waffle the Squirrel, Noel Edmonds, and Phibber the Frog, used in My Little Friend for Series 8 of Noel's House Party

Gotchaland Park Map drawn by Roy Nixon

Crinkley Bottom 25th Anniversary

On 2nd July 2019, Dunblobbin and Mr Blobby Collection celebrated 25 years of the Crinkley Bottom at Cricket St. Thomas Theme Park.

We released a Gift Set containing three exclusive postcards, colouring-in pages, stickers and a pin badge, all limited to 50. 

You can read Dunblobbin's blog about the celebrations here!

The Gift Set didn't go unnoticed! 

Here's the September 2019 edition of Picture Postcard Monthly Magazine.

Mark Routh, who focuses on modern postcards, featured our gift set in this specialised magazine, even featuring our artwork!

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