April Rules: attractions get set for opening bonanza

12 April provisionally attractions theme parks allowed reopen UK
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With 12 April provisionally set to be the day attractions and theme parks are allowed to reopen in the UK, venues across the country are preparing to throw open their doors.


Theme parks and attractions across the UK are gearing up for reopening next month, following projections made by the government that visitors could return to rides as of 12 April.

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s lockdown roadmap announcement, venues throughout the UK have been quick to confirm that they are ready whenever the guidelines allow.

“In line with government guidelines we plan to re-open Covid secure and ‘Good To Go’ on Monday 12 April,” said a spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach. “We look forward to welcoming you back to share in our 125th year.”

“To enable social distancing across our outdoor amusement park we have capped the number of guests allowed on the park on a daily basis to give you a safe and enjoyable day out.”

The same reopening date applies for Gulliver’s World in Warrington, and its sister site Gulliver’s Valley in Rother Valley, with a spokesperson for both stating “if there is any change to this reopening date we’ll of course update you, but right now that’s when we’re aiming to safely start 2021 theme park adventures.”

In Staffordshire, guests will be able to return to Alton Towers on 12 April, with bosses at the theme park stating “let the countdown begin!” “We are delighted to confirm that we plan to open Alton Towers Theme Park and selected self-contained accommodation from April 12 2021. We can’t wait to see you soon!”

The same Monday will also see Legoland, Thorpe Park, Paultons Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Drayton Manor throw open their gates after several months of closure, a period which many attractions have been using to enhance the visitor experience.

“We have been working hard throughout the winter months and will open for our 2021 season with several new attractions,” said a spokesperson for Fantasy Island.

With the majority of UK attractions all set to reopen on the same day, and with social distancing regulations still set to be in effect, guests are being encouraged to book ahead.

If all conditions are met and the predictions of the roadmap honoured, 12 April could prove a celebratory day for both attraction operators and visitors alike.

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