New video gives exciting taste of what to expect at Gulliver's Valley theme park, as opening draws nearer
Development is continuing apace at the £37 million Gulliver’s Valley theme park taking shape in Rotherham, just outside Sheffield.
The huge resort, which will feature more than 50 rides, attractions, shows and experiences aimed at children aged two to 13, is due to open next year.
As excitement grows, a new video has given people an exciting taste of what to expect.
One of the highlights will be the Lost World of Living Dinosaurs, where young visitors can come face to face with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs.
A water play zone, laser tag, ‘adrenaline-pumping’ climbing experience, junior ‘drop tower’, interactive soft play area and a spinning coaster are among the other highlights families can expect.
As well as featuring aerial views of building work at the Rother Valley site, the latest video takes a look at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes, 100 miles south, to show how the South Yorkshire attraction could appear when complete.
During a tour of that site, a guide from Gulliver’s says: “Just like here in Milton Keynes, Gulliver’s Rother Valley will feature more than 50 rides, attractions, shows and experiences, all designed to suit the young adventurer and all at great value to suit the family pocket.
“41 years since Gulliver’s opened its first theme park and the entrance price here is still only £18 for seven hours of theme park fun.
“There’s even greater value in that Gulliver’s do not sell fast passes. “Priority ride access is only granted to those with genuine additional needs.”
He continues: “It’s still top secret as to which of these attractions will be housed within the huge indoor theme park hub at Rother Valley.
“However, I can confidently reveal that they will include an adrenaline pumping climbing experience, a junior drop tower like this one, an interactive soft play area and maybe even a spinning coaster. Or so rumour has it, but I cannot guarantee it. Let’s just say a little mouse told me.”
In the dinosaur zone, he adds, there will be ‘tail-trashing prehistoric beasts’ and the chance to take an ‘exhilarating plunge into the Jurassic swamp lands’.
There will also be interactive educational ‘dino-discovery workshops’ for schools and uniformed groups, plus birthday party experiences for dinosaur fanatics.
“If you’re lucky enough you might even get to tame and ride your own dinosaur, while keeping your eyes peeled for any escapees that might be free-roaming around the park,” adds the guide.
“Or you can always escape to the safety of your dino-den. More on these fantastic sleepover experiences next time.”
The theme park is being built across 250 acres beside Rother Valley Country Park, and phase one of the five-phase development is due to open to the public in spring 2020.
It has been described as the ‘biggest and most exciting venture to date’ for Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, which already runs attractions in Matlock Bath, Warrington and Milton Keynes.
Planning approval was granted by Rotherham Council in February 2017 and ground works began in late summer 2018.