Managers at Matlock Bath’s much-loved Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park have moved to quash rumours that is to shut down.
It is believed speculation about the possible closure - which first emerged in recent weeks - may be connected to the imminent opening of the firm’s new park in Rotherham.
However, managers are adamant that the theme park - which opened in 1978 – is still very much part of their plans and they are looking forward to unveiling ‘new surprises’ next year.
Dean Kimberley, Gulliver’s director of guest Services, said: “We think rumours may have begun circulating because of our plans for a new theme park development in Rotherham.
“It’s an exciting time for Gulliver’s as we submit a planning application for our fourth theme park, but we are still very much committed to our first and original theme park.
“Gulliver’s Kingdom is where it all began back in 1978. We’ve continued to add new attractions and are looking forward to revealing some surprises at Gulliver’s Kingdom in 2017.
“And we’re already planning for the park’s 40th birthday celebrations in 2018!
“Many Gulliver’s Kingdom guests are parents who visited the theme park themselves as children - and we intend to stick around long enough for them to bring their grandchildren too!”
The park’s management said that the recently added ‘Dino Falls’ ride has been a big hit and the ‘extremely popular’ JCB Zone and NERF Zone ‘continue to attract a stream of year round parties’.
A spokesman for Matlock Bath Town Council told the Mercury that it is not their policy to comment on rumours.