And with that in mind, we have put together a list of places you can visit for a fun family day trip that are just a short drive away from Sheffield
The restrictions were lifted as part of Stage Two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which came into force on April 12, and mean it is now possible to for attractions to reopen and for members of the same household to take holidays in self-contained accommodation.
Gyms, hairdressers, non-essential shops and hospitality venues with outside areas have also been given permission to reopen.
In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a digital subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.
1. Walking tours at York Dungeon
Get ready to learn about the history of York’s past on one of their brand new family-friendly York Dungeon Walking Tours, which are set to launch on April 16. Learn about York’s most infamous rogues and heavenly saints including Dick Turpin, Guy Fawkes and the Pearl of York herself as you are taken along the city's winding streets. Tickets cost £5.50 for children, and £6.50 for adults. Visit https://www.thedungeons.com/ for more information.
Pictured is 'Sister Abostos' (Olivia Cole) who is one of the characters at York Dungeon.
Photo: Gary Longbottom
2. Gulliver's Valley
South Yorkshire's theme park, Gulliver's Valley, has now opened again. The £37 million venue beside Rother Valley Country Park only opened last July, and has plenty of rides for the whole family to enjoy. Bosses at the theme park say enhanced social distancing measures are in place. If you book more than two days in advance the ticket prices for adults and children drops from £23 to £17, and from £21 to £16 for concessions. Visit: https://www.gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk/ for more information. Pictured is people enjoying Gulliver's Valley on its opening day of Saturday July 11, 2020. Rocky Ridge Railway. Picture: Chris Etchells
Photo: Chris Etchells
3. Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park at Branton, Doncaster is a popular attraction that has now reopened. It is the only place in England to have polar bears. You can buy timed entry admission tickets, which cost £19 for children aged 3 to 15, and £21 for adults, by visiting: https://booking.yorkshirewildlifepark.com/
Hamish the polar bear pictured trying out his new enclosure at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park at Branton, Doncaster, after moving from the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Photo: Danny Lawson
4. Alton Towers
The popular theme park attraction is just a drive of around an hour and a half away from Sheffield. Popular rides include Nemesis, The Smiler and Oblivion. Ticket prices vary, depending on the day, starting from £34. Visit https://www.altontowers.com/ for more information. People pictured enjoying the attractions at Alton Towers in Staffordshire on April 12, 2021. Photo: Jacob King/PA Wire
Photo: Jacob King