Gulliver’s Valley theme park opens its doors
New multimillion-pound park Gulliver’s Valley in Rotherham, UK opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday 11 July.
Yorkshire fundraising stars, nine-year-old Captain Tobias Weller and eight-year-old Lennie Street, both students at Paces – a leading specialist centre for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders – officially opened the park, which becomes the fourth site in the Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts family.
The park was forced to postpone its planned opening earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of additional safety measures have since been made to the park in response to the pandemic, including temperature checks on arrival, mandatory advanced booking, contactless entry, social distancing measures and a food pre-ordering system.
Julie Dalton, managing director of the family-run Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, said: “It is so exciting to finally be open and welcoming families into the park. We have worked so hard to bring our vision of Gulliver’s Valley to life and to create a truly magical experience for our guests. The pandemic has thrown challenges our way that we didn’t imagine we’d ever have to deal with, but I am so proud of our team for carrying on to make this park a reality.”
Aimed at children between the ages of two and 13-years-old, the new Gulliver’s Valley houses more than 30 rides and attractions, including an Apache Falls ride, full-size diggers, the Ghostly Galleon pirate ship and a Lost Jurassic World area.
Sheffield City Region provided £1.5m of funding towards the Gulliver’s Valley project.
The Leader of Rotherham Council, Councillor Chris Read, said: “The site at Pit House West for too long stood vacant, so it is brilliant to see the fabulous Gulliver’s Valley project realised in bricks and mortar, jobs and opportunities. It is an exciting development which will attract many thousands of visitors to our borough and is an exemplar of the kind of business that we would want our area to be known for.”