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Park News www.parkworld-online.com


New Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park announces opening date


T


he 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. 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: “The last few months have been tough to say the least – when we started work on the park, we didn’t ever expect to be faced with a global pandemic, but I am proud to say our team has risen to the challenge and worked hard to enable us to open, just one month later than we initially planned. “Of course, 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.” 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. Julie added: “Despite the difficult period we’re all living in, we’re thrilled


Sundown Adventureland re-opens next month


UK family-owned theme park Sundown Adventureland will re-open its gates on Saturday 4 July. The fairytale-themed park based in Retford, Nottinghamshire closed on 20 March, missing out on the vital Easter opening period, but the park is now ready to treat its summer visitors to all the fun of the fair as its rides and attractions re-open. “Like a lot of leisure-based businesses, it


has been a hard period for us. Sundown was opened by my mother Audrey 52 years ago and has been managed by the family ever since. My mum is now 91 and still actively involved in running Sundown. She has never had to deal with anything like this in all those years, so it has been really hard for her to see the park


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closed,” said owner and park director Gaynor Corr. “But looking positively, we can’t wait to


welcome back families to the park. Everyone is ready for some fun after being isolated for so long and we are looking forward to seeing some happy, smiley little faces again.” Sundown Adventureland will be open from


Saturday 4 July but it will be necessary for all visitors to book online before arriving, so that numbers can be controlled. The park is also asking customers, where possible to pay by card rather than cash and as an extra precaution, will be asking people for permission to take their temperature before they are allowed in. “We have obviously taken all the necessary


precautions to ensure the safety of our guests so that they can hopefully relax and enjoy time together as a family, without any worry,” said Gaynor. Whilst all outdoor areas, rides and attractions


will be open to guests, the government has not given the go-ahead to open indoor play areas so these will remain closed until further announcements are made.


with how Gulliver’s Valley has come together so far. “We have had to adapt accordingly


to this new state of normal and that has meant a few areas of the park will need to open later than we’d hoped while we await further Government guidance, but we truly believe the magic of Gulliver’s is needed now more than ever and we can’t wait to welcome our first customers in very soon.” Tickets must be purchased in advance.


JUNE 2020


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