The new Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Rotherham has opened its doors to the public for the first time. The attractions site is the fourth Gulliver’s Theme Park Resort. The 60-acre site in South Yorkshire cost £37m and has been six years in planning.

The theme park is built on land adjacent to Rother Valley County Park. It was due to open earlier in the year but had to postpone because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A series of health and safety measures have been imposed at Gulliver’s Valley in response to the health crisis, including temperature checks on arrival, contactless payments, social distancing, mandatory advanced booking, and a pre-food ordering system.

All visitors aged three and above are required to wear face coverings on attractions. The theme park is also operating on a limited capacity so it can comply with social distancing guidelines.

Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s The Park Resorts, commented: “It’s so exciting to finally be open and welcoming families into the park.

“We have worked so hard to bring our vision of Gulliver’s Valley to life and to create a truly magical experience for our guests. The pandemic has thrown challenges our way that we didn’t imagine we’d ever have to deal with, but I am so proud of our team for carrying on to make this park a reality.

“Of course, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and our employees is absolutely paramount and so we have put in place lots of changes to the park to reflect this and make sure everyone feels comfortable and reassured,” Dalton continued.