THEME parks in the UK will be able to open from July 4, following new government guidelines.

Boris Johnson announced during today's House of Commons speech that the hospitality industry will be able to restart from next month, which includes attractions and open spaces.

It is great news for guests hoping to go on day trips to the parks, something which is also allowed with one other household.

Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures are just some of the popular attractions welcoming guests back this summer.

However, each park has also announced new safety rules and measures which will be enforced to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here is everything you need to know about opening dates and new restrictions in place.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers explains on their website: "In line with the latest Government guidance, we are delighted to confirm that Alton Towers Resort will reopen on the 4th July 2020. We can’t wait to welcome you back!

"This follows the successful opening of the Alton Towers Gardens earlier this month, and is in line with the UK Government guidance on the reopening of open-air attractions. 

"From 4th July, the rest of the theme park will reopen, including the majority of our rides and outdoor attractions, although some indoor facilities must remain closed for now. 

"We will reopen with significantly reduced numbers and a range of hygiene and safety measures to protect you and our employees."

There will be limited capacity per day, with only prebooked tickets and cashless payments within the park allowed.

Temperature screenings and hygiene screenings will be present at Alton Towers.

Rides will leave at least one row empty between each family, while indoor rides will be adapted or suspended for now.

Tickets, starting from £34 for a day pass, have already sold out for July 4 and July 5.

Thorpe Park

In a statement on the website, Thorpe Park explains: "In line with current Government guidance, we are hoping to be able to reopen the Resort on the 4th July 2020.

"The health and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and to keep everyone safe, we’ll be introducing a number of additional hygiene and safety measures which you’ll see in place when the Resort reopens."

Pre-booked tickets online, social distanced queues, temperature screenings and contactless payment is expected to be rolled out across the parks.

Hygiene screens and cleaning points will be across the park, with takeaway food options being offered instead.

Interactive zones, such as kid play areas, are likely to remain closed to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

Some indoor attractions might also be unable to open if social distancing measures cannot be followed.

While they haven't revealed what these may be, popular indoor attractions which could be affected include Angry Birds 4D Cinema and The Walking Dead: The Ride at Thorpe Park.

Tickets start from £39 per adult for a day pass.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington is yet to issue an official statement, but has tweeted following the government announcement: "Following the Government announcement today, we can confirm that we will reopen our Theme Park and Resort Hotels on July 4."

Also owned by Merlin Entertainment, as well as Thorpe Park, similar safety measures will be followed.

Prebooked tickets, limited daily guests contactless payment, restricted indoor rides and performances are just some of the new rules being introduced.

Tickets start from £29.50 for a day pass but aren't currently available on the website.


Legoland will be re-opening on July 4 as well.

Legoland Operations Director, Karen Glassey explained on the website: "In line with the latest Government guidance, we are excited to confirm that we will be reopening LEGOLAND Windsor on Saturday 4th July – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

"Your safety and our team’s safety continues to be our top priority and this is the first step of a phased reopening.

"To ensure a safe, brilliant day out with us, we are reopening the Park with a limited capacity and to help us manage this, it is really important that you pre-book your tickets online in advance."

Also a Merlin Entertainment theme park, new rules include mandatory pre-booking, contactless payment, gate temperature checks and limited capacity in the park and on rides.

Day tickets, which start from £29, can be booked online for July 4 already.

The lockdown is being eased from next month, with overnight stays and holidays allowed in England from July 4.

Wales and Scotland are a bit further behind, however, with restrictions lowered by July 6 and July 15, respectively.

Campers in England can enjoy the good news, with campsites opening next month along with hotels and B&Bs.

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