Re-Opening: List Of Theme Parks, Zoos & More Opening After Lockdown
With the government easing lockdown restrictions gradually following the Covid-19 outbreak, many UK attractions are beginning to welcome visitors back once again. Outdoor venues such as zoos and theme parks in particular have the space to re-open safely, so are leading the way.
Social distancing and extra hygiene measures are being put in place, and booking in advance is absolutely essential to help attractions manage visitor numbers safely.
See below for our list of family-friendly days out that are opening around the country, and what you can expect on the day if you want to visit with your little ones. Please be aware though, the government advice can change at any time, so we'd urge you to check directly with any venue to get the most up-to-date information.
Go Ape, UK-Wide
Go Ape, everyone's favourite high ropes adventure parks, are re-opening throughout July with special measures in place. Session sizes will be managed carefully to allow spaces between groups, hand sanitising stations are being placed throughout the areas and social distancing will be in place on the courses. Venues in England will be opening on July 4th, while in Wales they will open on July 17th and in Scotland on July 25th. Find your nearest Go Ape course here.
Treasure Trails, UK-Wide
These self-guided Treasure Trails are the perfect Covid-safe activity to do with all the family. With thousands of outdoor Trails dotted in various locations around the country, everyone should be able to go on an adventure solving the clues in their local areas while avoiding the crowds. One Trail priced at just £9.99 covers up to 5 people for 2.5 hours, and follows a theme such as a Spy Mission or Mystery to solve. Find your local Treasure Trail here and have fun exploring the outdoors safely.
Magical forest adventure park BeWILDerwood is opening its doors for fans of Crocklebogs and Snagglefangs on July 18th. With a huge amount of outdoor space, plus one-way routes, hand sanitiser stations and limited visitor numbers, you can be sure to have a safe and enchanted day out to delight all the family.
Fishers Farm Park, West Sussex
You can visit all your favourite animals again at the fabulous Fishers Farm Park, where the team have done a huge amount of work to make the day safe for all. A special concierge will meet you in the car park to explain all the safety measures taken, after which the kids can enjoy the brand new socially-distanced Tractor & Trailer ride which will take you around to see the inhabitants of the farm. With 100 acres of outdoor space and brilliant play areas open to enjoy, this is a great day out to get the little ones out and exploring nature.
Peak Wildlife Park, Staffordshire
You can now wander among the wallabies again at Peak Wildlife Park in Leek, Staffordshire. With large animal walkthrough areas, there's plenty of room for your littles ones to see all their favourite animals up close. The park has introduced timed arrival slots to help them control visitor numbers, so make sure you book yours before you go to ensure entry.
Mother Shipton's Cave, North Yorkshire
Mother Shipton's have launched a new visitor package for £25 on weekdays and £30 on weekends and school holidays, which includes parking for one vehicle and 2.5 hours to explore the attraction. Pick up a free trail sheet for the Pixie Village Trail, and don't miss the Petrifying Well, woodland walks and the famous Cave itself. Pre-arrivals must be booked in advance.
Zip World Fforest, North Wales
The adrenaline-packed Zip World in Betws-y-Coed is opening its gates again on July 6th, with most of its usual facilities available. The Fforest coaster, Zip Safari, Skyride 2, Plummet 2 and Tree Hoppers activities will all be running with social distancing in place, and families are able to order takeaway food to eat at picnic tables.
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire
With 160 acres of parkland and plenty of wide open space, Cotswold Wildlife Park has now opened up its outside enclosures for families to enjoy. The park will be letting in around a third of its normal capacity to ensure there's lots of room for all, and e-tickets must be booked in advance.
Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire
Currently the plan is for the popular Trentham Monkey Forest to open its doors on June 25th, with online booking being essential to help control numbers.
Treetop Adventure Golf, Manchester
The tropical-themed mini-golf course at Treetop Adventure Golf Manchester will be open to visitors from July 9th. They'll be on the ball with extra cleaning measures, a new one-way route, limited visitors with plenty of space, contactless payments and plenty of hand sanitiser stations.
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
The UK's premier theme park Alton Towers opened up its historic gardens for people to explore June 6th, and current plans are for the rides to open from July 4th onwards. All visitors must book in advance online whether for the gardens or the main theme park.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
The grounds of medieval Warwick Castle have now re-opened, and the castle itself is due to re-open July 4th. Again, all arrivals must be pre-booked in advance.
Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire
Longleat Safari Park is opening its gates to annual pass holders only from 15th - 18th June, after which a limited number of drive-through tickets will be available each day. The walk-through animal enclosures are expected to open to all from 27th June onwards.
West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire
A huge favourite among families in the Midlands, West Midland Safari Park is partially reopening from June 15th for drive-through safaris only. Online booking is essential.
Chester Zoo, Cheshire
After leading the charge in convincing the government to open up outdoor zoos, Chester Zoo is reopening its gates from June 15th onwards. Tickets will be very limited and we'd expect dates to sell out well in advance, so we'd urge people to book ahead as much as possible.
Attractions continue to announce their opening plans as time goes on, so be sure to join our Facebook Group for all the latest updates throughout the summer. We hope you and your families enjoy some fantastic days out safely!