Crinkley Bottom, also popularly known as Blobbyland, was the operating title of a series of British theme parks operating in the 1990s. They were created by Noel Edmonds based on the fictional town of Crinkley Bottom, where the Noel. But it closed its doors in 1999 after the show, hosted by Noel Edmonds, was eliminated by the BBC. Inaugurated on July 2, 1994, Mr.
Blobby took over the already thriving Cricket St. Thomas Wildlife Park near Chard, Somerset The wildlife park, which opened in the 1960s, was home to all types of wildlife, including leopards, zebras, flamingos, elephants and ring-tailed lemurs. Serving food and drink to visitors and residents of Cricket St Thomas, it was a popular meeting place for family, friends and people going to Blobyland. Crinkley Bottom, or 'Blobbyland', premiered at Cricket St Thomas, Somerset in 1994 at the height of Blobbymania, when the pink partner with spots starred in Noel Edmonds' House Party.
So was Crinkley Bottom at Cricket St Thomas a success? Somehow, it may seem that it has been a failure. THIS decaying, debris-covered ruin might look like something out of a horror movie, but in fact it's the sad remains of Crinkley Bottom theme park in Cricket St Thomas. Cricket House, located on the hillside of the estate, overlooks Lake Tiddlers, which runs through the grounds. After a major renovation and removal of everything related to Noddy, Cricket St Thomas became a hotel and a wildlife park.
In a desperate attempt to escape the shadow of Blobby, the property of Cricket St Thomas was put on the market in late 1998 for £8 million. A joke sign had been added to the official road sign for “Cricket St Thomas”, stating “Twinned with Crinkley Bottom”, which Somerset County Council disapproved and ordered to be withdrawn. Initially Edmonds wanted to build a replica of the Great House (as seen in 'House Party'), but instead it was decided to introduce attractions on a consistent basis for several years and conclude with the replica of the Great House later on. Initially, the Taylors were excited about their contract, investing millions in transforming Cricket St Thomas into Crinkley Bottom.
The park now consists of an adults-only hotel in and around the cricket house with most of Mr. Blobby's remains being taken or demolished. Due to licensing restrictions, Mr. Blobby and the other television themed rides remained in the park, although the attraction was renamed Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park once again.
Marketed as Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, the rolling countryside was home to all kinds of elephants, zebras and cheetahs. After months of hard work, Noel Edmonds officially opened Crinkley Bottom at Cricket St Thomas on the weekend of July 2-3, 1994.