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Reopening: Zoos, Theme Parks & More Opening After UK Lockdown

By Lisa O'Keeffe
Posted 14 May 2021
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With the government easing lockdown restrictions gradually, we’re excited to see many UK attractions are setting out their plans to welcome visitors back through their doors. After what feels like forever, we’ll have the chance to enjoy a day out again! 

It won’t just be back to normal straight away - we can expect phased openings, reduced capacity, and lots of additional safety measures in place, as well as the need to book ahead in advance. 

Here we have all the details for reopening dates for top attractions across the UK - we’ll be keeping this updated in the coming weeks too, but you can also check out our Facebook page for announcements. These dates are confirmed in line with the current government advice, but please bear in mind some dates may be delayed as part of the roadmap announcement. 

Looking for something specific? Jump to:  Museum reopening dates | Aquarium reopening dates | Cinema reopening dates | Soft play and indoor play areas reopening dates | Indoor water parks reopening dates | Other Indoor attractions reopening 
Theme park reopening dates | Zoo and safari park reopening dates | Farm park reopening dates | National Trust reopening dates | Other attraction reopening dates

Museums reopening dates

Can't wait to get back into a museum? We've rounded up a list of some of the top museums re-opening dates. 

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, West Midlands - Saturday 29th May 2021

Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands - Monday 17th May 2021

Natural History Museum, London - Monday 17th May 2021 

The Roman Baths, Bath - Monday 17th May 2021

Museum of London - Wednesday 19th May 2021

London Transport Museum - Monday 17th May 2021 

The Postal Museum, London - Thursday 20th May 2021

Winchester Science Museum - Saturday 22nd May 2021

We The Curious, Bristol - Saturday 22nd May 2021

National Space Centre, Leicester - Saturday 22nd May 2021

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh - 8th May 2021

The National Videogame Museum, South Yorkshire - Monday 17th May 2021

Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire - Monday 17th May 2021


Aquarium reopening dates

See all of your favourite fish and other marine life at an aquarium near you! 

SEA LIFE, various locations- Monday 17th May 2021

The Deep, East Yorkshire - Monday 17th May 2021 

Lake District Coast Aquarium, Cumbria - Monday 17th May 2021 

Bristol Aquarium, Bristol, - Monday 17th May 2021

Oceanarium, Dorset - Monday 17th May 2021

Cinemas reopening dates

We're looking forward to seeing films on the big screen again, so here's all of the reopening dates for cinemas. 

ODEON Cinema, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021

Cineworld, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 

Vue Cinemas, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 

Showcase, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 


Soft play and indoor play areas reopening dates

Missed a visit to your favorite soft play area? We'll keep you posted on all of the big reopening dates for soft play and other indoor play areas.

Kidzania London - Saturday 22nd May 2021

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham and Manchester - Monday 17th May 2021

Play Factore, Greater Manchester - Monday 17th May 2021

The Bear Grylls Adventure, West Midlands - Thursday 20th May 2021

Rush Trampoline Park, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 

Air Unlimited, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021


Other Indoor attractions reopening dates


Treetop Adventure Golf, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 

Escape Reality, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021 

Xscape Yorkshire, West Yorkshire - Monday 17th May 2021

Holywood Bowl, various locations - Monday 17th May 2021

Twinwoods Adventure, Bedfordshire - Monday 17th May 2021

Manchester United Stadium and Tour, Greater Manchester - Friday 21st May 2021

Puttclub, Hull and Watford - Monday 17th May 2021 

Wroxham Barns, Norfolk - Monday 17th May 2021

VR Sim, Cambrdishire - Monday 17th May 2021


Indoor water parks reopening dates

Ready to make a splash? We're keeping our eyes out and we'll update this section as soon as more attractions confirm their opening date, but remember, this is all subject to change. 

Water World Aqua Park, Staffordshire - Monday 17th May 2021

The Wave, Coventry - Saturday 21st May 2021

The Alton Towers Waterpark, Staffordshire - Monday 17th May 2021 

Splashdown, Dorset - Saturday 21st May 2021

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, - Monday 17th May 2021

Theme park reopening dates

Ready to ride a rollercoaster again? These are the confirmed opening dates for some of the biggest theme parks in the UK - just remember to book in advance.

Paultons Park, Hampshire - Monday 12th April, tickets available to book now

Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire - Monday 12th April, tickets available to book now

Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire - Gardens open from 29th March - 11th April for local residents, theme park open from Monday 12th April

Chessington World of Adventures, Greater London - Monday 12th April for park only, hotels and glamping to follow at a later date

Thorpe Park, Surrey - Monday 12th April

Crealy Theme Park and Resort, Devon - Monday 12th April 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire - Monday 12th April 

Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire - Gradual reopening from 17th April, fully opened for 22nd May

LEGOLAND Windsor - Monday 12th April 

Flamingo Land - Monday 12th April  

Lightwater Valley - Saturday 17th April 

Zoo and safari park reopening dates

If you’ve been missing catching up with your favourite animal attractions, then you’ll be glad to hear that they’ll be open again soon. Here are the confirmed opening dates for some of the best zoos in the UK - again you’ll need to book in advance in most cases.

ZSL London Zoo - London, Monday 12th April 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Whipsnade, Monday 12th April 

Chester Zoo - Chester, Monday 12th April 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, South Yorkshire - Monday 12th April

Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh - Open to Edinburgh residents only from 26th February  

Colchester Zoo - Essex, Monday 12th April 

Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire - Monday 12th April

Marwell Zoo, Hampshire - Monday 12th April

Bristol Zoo Gardens - Bristol, Monday 12th April 

Paignton Zoo - Devon, Monday 12th April 

Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo - Pembrokeshire, Monday 26th April 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm - Bristol, Monday 12th April  

Ponderosa Zoo - West Yorkshire, Monday 12th April 

Cotswold Wildlife Park - Oxfordshire, Monday 12th April 

West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire - Monday 12th April 

Knowsley Safari Park - Merseyside, Monday 12th April 

Longleat - Wiltshire, Monday 12th April 

Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire - Monday 12th April

Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire -  Monday 12th April

Farm park reopening dates

Spring is the perfect season to visit a farm park, thanks to the incredible lambing season, adorable baby animals and loads of outdoor fun. Here are the confirmed dates for some of the most popular children's farm parks in the UK - just remember you'll likely need to book in advance and capacity may be reduced.

Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire - Monday 12th April 

Matlock Farm Park, Derbyshire - Monday 12th April

Bocketts Farm, Surrey - Hoping to reopen on 12th April, tickets not yet available

Walby Farm Park, Cumbria - Hoping to reopen on 12th April, tickets not yet available

Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire - Outdoor play from 12th April, indoor play from 17th May - ticket not yet available

Marsh Farm, Essex - Reopening on Monday 12th April, tickets available now to pre-book

Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol - Reopening from Monday 29th March, with some restrictions still in place

Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire - Monday12th April 

Fishers Farm Park - West Sussex, Monday 12th April 

Piglets Adventure Farm - North Yorkshire, Monday 12th April 

Mead Open Farm - Bedfordshire, Monday 12th April 

Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire - Monday 12th April 

Godstone Farm - Surrey, Monday 12th April 

Bocketts Farm, Surrey - Monday 12th April 

Willows Activity Farm - Hertfordshire, Monday 12th April 

Lower Drayton Farm - Staffordshire, Monday 12th April
Walby Farm Park - Cumbria, Monday 12th April

National Trust reopening dates

In England and Northern Ireland, gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local exercise - just please remember to stay local and book your visits in advance. All National Trust in Wales places are currently closed in line with Welsh government restrictions.

From 12th April - Outdoor seating available and some shops begin to reopen

From 17th May - Indoor places begin to reopen, plus indoor seating at cafes

English Heritage reopening dates

29 March, Phase One: 59 sites with large outdoor space open for local visitors

12 April, Phase Two: Stonehenge and holiday cottages open, and our shops.

17 May, Phase Three: 23 additional sites and interiors will open

21 June, Phase Four: All sites fully open, plus summer events 

Until 21 June, visits must still be booked in advance.

Other attraction reopening dates

Treasure Trails, nationwide - Open and available now

Go Ape, nationwide - 29th March 

Mother Shipton's, Yorkshire - Open weekends in March (subject to weather conditions) then every day from 29th March

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire - Monday 12th April

Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire - Planned to reopen on 17th May

BeWILDerwood, Norfolk and Cheshire - Opening Monday 12th April

Diggerland, Durham, Devon, Kent, Yorkshire - Opening Monday 12th April


Check back soon as we confirm more attraction reopening dates for 2021, and don't forget to check before you travel.