This is when theme parks and leisure facilities could reopen as lockdown measures are lifted

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 11:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 12:59 pm
Thrill seekers on the Infusion rollercoaster ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Coronavirus battling lockdown measures remain in place across the UK, but are lifting at a slow but steady rate.

As such, many families will be wondering when they might be able to get away from it all.

International breaks may be off the table for the foreseeable future, but surely a day out to a theme park is on the cards?

Here's everything we know about when theme park resorts could be reopening, including official word from some of the top attractions in the country:

When will theme parks reopen?

Browsing the websites of some of Britain’s top theme parks, it looks as if the date many of the expect to be operational again is Saturday 4 July.

That’s the date on which the UK Government expects to be able to move to ‘Step Three’ of its removing of lockdown restrictions, reopening remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including leisure facilities.

As always, the guidance is subject to change, and don’t expect your visit to be as it was this time last year.

“Venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part,” say the Government.

What are the top theme parks saying?

Legoland Windsor is just one theme park that hopes to me open again on 4 July (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Alton Towers say they are getting ready to reopen on 4 July, and ahead of their planned full reopening of the Resort, they reopened their Gardens on 6 June in line with Government guidance.

Tickets for the Gardens need to be pre-booked in advance before visiting, and a number of additional hygiene and safety measures have been introduced which you’ll see in place when you visit.

Chessington World of Adventures also expect to be able to welcome guests back on 4 July, and say they are working hard to ensure when they reopen, it’ll be in the safest way possible for guests, staff and animals in their care.

“To do this, we will be introducing new hygiene and safety measures… to make sure everyone has a safe, wild adventure.”

Thorpe Park also hope to be open again on 4 July, and again, will be introducing a number of additional hygiene and safety measures.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be introducing a range of new policies and procedures to ensure the park remains as safe as possible for all guests; they hope to be open on 4 July too.

Legoland say a day out or overnight stay at their Windsor resort “will feel a little different to before” when they reopen on 4 July.

“Everything we are introducing is with your safety, and our team’s safety, as our top priority,” they say.

“In preparation for reopening we have reviewed how we operate every single part of the Park and Hotels to make sure that you have a brilliant, safe visit.”

When the park does reopen, expect pre-book ticket systems to manage visitor numbers and different seating arrangements on rides.