Which UK theme parks are open, and what are the new rules?

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With more countries taken off the UK’s safe travel list this week it looks increasingly likely that the best place to spend your summer holiday will be in Britain.

With most lockdown measures now eased it means venues across the country have reopened – with new rules in place to keep everyone safe.

Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park alongside other major attractions have new social distancing guidelines, rules around face masks, and kept some rides closed, reports The Mirror.

This is a list of what’s open, and what you will need to do if you plan to visit.

Alton Towers

Theme parks are carrying out temperature checks upon arrival (Image: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire)

Alton Towers has re-opened, with new health and safety measures in place. This includes guests being asked to take a temperature check before being allowed into the resort.

The park is limiting its number of guests for social distancing, so you’ll need to pre-book your tickets online.

Anyone over the age of 11 will need to wear a mask when in any of the indoor spaces – and this will include rides’ queue lines. Some of the rollercoasters will require you to wear a mask, including popular rides such as Nemesis, Oblivion and Wicker Man.

Just a small number of attractions remaining closed including the Monorail, The Furchester Hotel Live, Charlie and Lola’s Moonsquirters and Green Drops, and Justins Pie-o-Matic Factory.

You can find out more on the Alton Towers website.

Legoland Windsor Resort

The park is open, with the majority of its rides and attractions available for guests. (Dragon’s Apprentice is closed this year for maintenance, while the S.Q.U.I.D. Surfer is closed due to ongoing refurbishment work nearby).

You’ll need to take a temperature check ahead of entering the resort, and you’ll need to take a face mask as this is required to access indoor spaces, some of the rides and queues.

The park has a number of social distancing measures in place too including spaced out queues, or leaving empty rows on rollercoasters.

Make sure to pre-book online, as the park is limiting the number of guests it allows each day.

You can find out more on the Legoland website.

Thorpe Park

People ride a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey

The theme park is open but you’ll want to book tickets ahead of your trip as it’s limiting the number of guests in order to stick to social distancing guidelines.

All visitors are required to bring a face mask as you’ll need to wear these in indoor spaces, including ride queues and some of the rides/attractions themselves (not including water rides).

If you or a family member displays COVID-19 symptoms, the theme park says it will let you rearrange a visit for a later date.

You can find out more on the Thorpe Park website.

Chessington World of Adventures

The theme park, zoo and resort have re-opened, and while the majority of rides and outdoor attractions are open, some indoor facilities are remaining closed at the time of writing.

Visitors will have their temperature checked when arriving, and you’ll need to bring a face mask as these are mandatory for public areas of the hotels, gift shops, arcades and some of the rides themselves including Vampire, KOBRA, Scorpion Express, Tuk Tuk Turmoil, The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure & Tomb Blaster.

Make sure to book tickets online before you visit as the park is limiting guest numbers in line with social distancing.

You can find out more on the Chessington website.

Paulton’s Park

You will need to pre-book tickets for Paulton’s Park (Image: Paultons Park)

You’ll need to pre-book tickets if you want to visit as the park is limiting visitor numbers to allow for social distancing.

Guests are asked to wear a face mask for the attraction’s shops and indoor facilities, but when it comes to the outdoor rides you can choose whether to wear one or not.

Rides’ seating plans have been changed to make social distancing easier for families.

The park was due to open a new land, Tornado Springs, earlier this year, but due to the pandemic this opening has been pushed back to Easter 2021.

You can find out more on the Paulton’s Park website.

Drayton Manor

The theme park has re-opened, and most of the rides and attractions are available too. A few will stay closed including Dodgems Ahoy, the 4D Cinema, Meerkat Manor, The Haunting and Emily’s Adventure Play.

Visitors will be asked to take a temperature check on arrival, and visitor numbers will be limited to make social distancing easier. There will also be limited capacity in certain areas of the park – for example, the Thomas the Tank Engine land.

The park’s food outlets will be open, but they will be operating as takeaways.

You can find out more on the Drayton Manor website.



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