Everything we know so far about new £37m Gullivers Valley theme park as opening approaches
The anticipation is growing as the opening date for a huge new theme park in Rotherham, just over the border from Sheffield, approaches.
The final touches are now being made to Gulliver’s Valley, which is due to open this spring beside Rother Valley Country Park, and more details are emerging all the time about what visitors can expect.
The £37 million theme park, which will be the fourth Gulliver’s theme park in the UK, will eventually boast more than 70 rides and other attractions including a Lost World zone complete with animatronic dinosaurs.
Bookings are already being taken for the attraction, with June 6 being the first date available.
Here’s everything we know so far.
WHEN IS IT OPENING AND HOW MUCH WILL TICKETS COST?
Gulliver’s says the venue is due to open this spring, though the opening date has yet to be confirmed and the earliest date for which customers can currently book is Saturday, June 6.
Bookings are only available at weekends until Monday, July 20.
The theme park will be open from 10.30am to 5pm every day, according to the bookings page.
Tickets cost £15 per adult or child when booked in advance, with a £5 parking charge payable on the day for those travelling by car.
You can also buy an annual passport, providing unlimited access to all Gulliver’s theme parks, for £89 per person.
Limited edition £12 tickets, including free parking and a reusable drinking bottle, had been made available but this offer expired on January 5.
WHAT RIDES AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS WILL THERE BE?
The park is designed for children aged two to 13 and as well as the Lost World dinosaur zone families have been told to expect a water play area, laser tag, climbing, interactive soft play area and spinning coaster, among many other attractions.
The 11 rides confirmed so far are:
T-Rex Tower splash ride, in the Lost World zone
River Tour, in Lost World
Blackbeard’s Barrels, in Smugglers Wharf
Ghostly Galleon boat ride, in Smugglers Wharf
Lilliput Land Carousel
Toyland Ferris Wheel
Frantic Fire Trucks, in which it appears visitors will be able to taste life as a firefighter by aiming jets of water at a ‘burning’ building
Apache Falls, in Western World
Desperado Drop, which appears to be a vertical plunge ride, in Western World
Prairie Ponies, in Western World
Sioux City Express train ride, in Western World
CAN I STAY THERE OR BOOK A PARTY?
You can book a short break, from a one-night sleepover to a week-long stay, with bookings being taken between July 1 and August 31.
Accommodation ranges from the Princess Suite, starting at £199 per night for a family of five, to a Lost World Lodge, starting at £239.
You can also book children’s birthday party, with prices starting from just £8.50 per child. The party packages coming soon range from a ‘Sleepover Party’ to a ‘Lost World Discovery Party’.
It is also available to book for weddings, graduation balls, conference and other events.
WHAT FACILITIES WILL THERE BE?
Each area within the park will include accessible toilets, and wheelchairs will be available to hire. There will also be a mothers’ feeding room, facilities to warm your baby’s bottle or food, a baby changing room.
ARE THERE ANY JOBS AVAILABLE?
Gulliver’s is recruiting trainee managers for all four UK locations, including Gulliver’s Valley.
It says a number of year-long placements starting in March 2020 are available, with anyone interested asked to send a covering letter with their application to [email protected]
The closing date for applications is February 1, and interviews and assessments will take place between February 21 and 23.
WHEN WAS THE THEME PARK APPROVED AND HOW IS WORK PROGRESSING?
Planning approval was granted by Rotherham Council in February 2017 and ground works began at the 250-acre site in late summer 2018.
Drone footage shared by Gulliver’s has shown how close some of the rides and attractions are to completion.
Phase one of the five-phase development is due to open to the public this spring, and Gulliver’s, which already runs attractions in Matlock Bath, Warrington and Milton Keynes, has described the park as its ‘biggest and most exciting venture to date’.