ALTON Towers' new Gangsta Granny ride will open from May 17, with new images revealing what guests can expect from the exciting new attraction.

The ride, which was meant to open last year but was delayed due to the pandemic, is based on the popular David Walliams novels.

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It will be part of a new land called the World of David Walliams, where many of the characters featured in his books will be brought to life.

The book Gangsta Granny, which was published in 2013 by Harper Collins, is about a boy call Ben who discovered that his Granny is actually an international jewel thief.

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.

The experience begins guests boarding a Royal Carriage as they set off on a tour of London’s Crown Jewels only to be swept-up in Ben and Granny’s exhilarating escapade.

Guests will descend with Ben and Granny into the sewers, be chased through the streets of London and even 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".

There will be special effects, and 3D projections and animation so guests are fully immersed into the story, as well as voiceovers from David Walliams.

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Also at the new land will be attractions including Raj's Shop Race, a Royal Carousel and Raj's Bouncy Bottom Burp.

At Alton Towers hotel there will be Gangsta Granny themed bedrooms too

Alton Towers is reopening from April 12 following the government announcement that outdoor attractions can open from next month.

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 to visit 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 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.

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