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Yorkshire theme park in Tier 3 forced to cancel Christmas events

Written by on 30/11/2020

Theme park bosses have managed to salvage some festive events at Gulliver’s Valley as South Yorkshire heads for Tier 3 status but families who have booked for other events face disappointment.

The Rotherham theme park, near Rother Valley Country Park, opened late this summer as the coronavirus pandemic spread and had to limit visitor numbers.

But the attraction was hugely popular and a selection of festive packages were made available to help families enjoy the Christmas season.

However, they have been forced to cancel part of the programme to comply with the strict Tier 3 rules which will come into force for the county from December 2.

It means their Smasher packages will still go ahead, but other events and overnight visits can no longer take place.

Managing director Julie Dalton said: “Following the announcement of South Yorkshire entering Tier 3 next week we can confirm that Gulliver’s Valley will still be opening for selected Christmas days out.

“Guests who have purchased our Smasher package will be able to attend to enjoy a winter wonderland, elf workshop experience, appearances from Santa as well as even more outdoor rides and attractions than previously planned.

“However, we are really sad to say that we can no longer deliver our other festive experiences including our short breaks.

“For those customers who already have a booking for this Christmas that isn’t a Smasher package we will be in touch shortly with information on what options are available.

“They will have full flexibility to transfer or cancel their booking. Please be reassured that we are working our way through contacting a number of people and we will reach everyone as soon as possible.

“Although we did expect our first Christmas event at Gulliver’s Valley to look a little different, we are still determined to deliver safe, fun and festive days out, especially after such a challenging year and we would like to thank all our customers for their patience. We hope people will still join us in December.

“Smasher Theme Park Packages are still available for selected dates in December. Please visit www.gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk/christmas-at-gullivers for more information or to book.”