Saturday saw the grand opening of Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park to the public for the first time in Rotherham.

The multimillion-pound 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 added 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.

All guests under the age of three will be required to wear face coverings on rides and 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: “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.

“Of course, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and our employees is absolutely paramount and so we have put in place lots of changes to the park to reflect this and make sure everyone feels comfortable and reassured.”