ALTON Towers is reopening from April 12 following the lockdown announcement.

Outdoor attractions and self-catered accommodation will be able to open from April 12, although guests must still only visit from one household.

The theme park is opening their gardens even earlier, with guests able tovisit every day from March 29 to April 11.

However from April 12, day visitors will be able to enter the Alton Towers theme park.

The park will also open some of their self-catered accommodation but will reveal more never the opening date, along with festivities and live entertainment for the rest of the year.

The new Gangsta Granny ride, originally meant to open last spring, will also open this year.

Based on the books by David Walliams, the story will be brought to life as a new 4D experience where guests will join the main characters in the book as they attempt to steal the crown jewels in what's supposed to be the greatest heist in the history of the world.


But guests are soon caught up in Ben and his Granny's adventure, where they will following the pair down sewers, be chased through the streets of London and come face to face with the Queen.

Alton Towers said the ride will "whizz, twist and spin passengers 360° through a series of scenes where they will see, feel, hear and even smell an electrifying and unique re-telling of the Gangsta Granny story".

The park will also have a number of Covid measures in place, including:

  • Mandatory pre-booked tickets online
  • Temperature checks on entry
  • Mandatory face masks on guests over the age of 6
  • Additional hygiene stations and hand sanitiser stations
  • Social distancing markers on the floor

The park is one of several that offers a rainy-day guarantee that lets you return for free if your visit is a wash out.

Here is what you need to know about the other theme parks opening later this year in the UK.

Hotels and group holidays will resume from May 17 – this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households.

Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21.

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