Theme parks reopen in England

Maelstrom, Drayton Manor

Theme parks in England have reopened following the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The majority of major theme parks reopened on Monday morning, with Paultons Park launching its new Tornado Spring’s area.

The parks’ season launches have been delayed from the usual February and March openings due to coronavirus restrictions.

At Chessington World of Adventures, the new Croc Drop tower ride debuted with queue times hitting up to three hours.

Alton Towers is opening until 8pm during this week, where its lineup this season includes four temporary fairground rides.

Lightwater Valley will reopen at the weekend, although it has removed its signature rollercoasters Raptor Attack and the Ultimate.

Dreamland Margate is not expected to reopen until at least June due its stated inability to manage with social distancing in place.

Most indoor attractions and sections of theme parks will remain closed until at least 17 May, in-line with the UK government’s roadmap of lockdown restriction easing.

Oakwood theme park in South Wales will open on 30 April, in-line with the Welsh devolved government’s rules.