Sheffield Thunder Theme Park: Graves Park funfair with rides and attractions postponed due to 'heavy rain'

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A travelling funfair billed as ‘great fun for all the family’ has been rescheduled due to ‘heavy rain’, organisers have said.

Sheffield Thunder Theme Park, held at Graves Park and with over 20 rides and attractions, was scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 6. But organiser Roger Tuby & Son has announced it has moved the event back a week due to poor weather conditions.

The funfair will now be visiting Sheffield between August 4 and 13.

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Roger Tuby and Steward Robinson, of Thunder Theme Park, said they met with council officials on Monday (July 24) to assess the condition of Graves Park and it was deemed unsuitable due to areas of the ground being 'waterlogged'.

Roger Tuby said: “The amount of unprecedented rain during the last few weeks has left the ground inaccessible to the huge array of rides and attractions we bring here each year for Thunder Theme Park.

“Certain areas of the park were waterlogged when we did the inspection and for the first time in over 15 years of bringing our event here, we took the decision to delay access and open a week later.

“As a Sheffield resident and having a fantastic relationship with the Parks Department and the council, the last thing we wanted to do was cause any damage to the park. It’s the start of the six week holiday and when we leave, we like it to be in pristine condition so the people of the city can enjoy it for the rest of their leisure time."

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Heavy rain last weekend during Tramlines Festival saw Hillsborough Park turn into a field of ankle-deep mud, leaving some residents angry that they were unable to take their children to the park in the first week of the summer holidays until ground conditions improve.

Thunder Theme Park will be returning to Sheffield one week later than scheduled due to 'waterlogged' ground.Thunder Theme Park will be returning to Sheffield one week later than scheduled due to 'waterlogged' ground.
Thunder Theme Park will be returning to Sheffield one week later than scheduled due to 'waterlogged' ground.

Tramlines organisers are currently undertaking a huge clear-up operation to restore the park to its former glory.

Sheffield Thunder Theme Park will run from 1pm to 7.30pm during the week, midday to 8.30pm on Saturdays, and 1pm to 7pm on Sundays. Tickets are available in three hour blocks from £12, which will allow visitors unlimited access to rides.

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