New UK park Gulliver’s Valley announces opening date

The new multimillion-pound Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK is set to open its doors to the public for the first time, on Saturday 11 July.

The park, which becomes the fourth site in the Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts family, was forced to postpone its planned opening earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aimed at children between the ages of two and 13-years-old, the new Gulliver’s Valley houses a host of rides and attractions, including an Apache Falls ride, full-size diggers, the Ghostly Galleon pirate ship and a Lost Jurassic World area.

Accommodation options are also available, including Unicorn and Princess Suites alongside Western Cabins and Lost World Lodges, with sleepover adventures on offer.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and social distancing requirements, some parts of the park, including the indoor soft play area, will open at a later date.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.

The park will also be operating on a limited capacity, with pre-booked slots only, to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines.

Julie Dalton, managing director of the family-run Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, said: “We are so excited to be finally opening Gulliver’s Valley to the public. The health and wellbeing of our visitors and our employees really is top priority and so we have made a number of changes to the park to reflect this, so that everyone feels comfortable and reassured whilst enjoying a fun and enjoyable day out.”

The Gulliver’s story began back in 1978, when Ray and Hilary Phillips created a model village on the hillside of Matlock Bath for young children to enjoy and, in turn, unwittingly went on to create some of the UK’s most successful theme park resorts.

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