Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, said:
“It is with a heavy heart that today [Monday 11 May 2020] we must sadly postpone the opening of Gulliver’s Valley.
“It is clear from the latest announcement by the Prime Minister that while there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the relaxation of the lockdown measures generally, for our business the path is still unclear.
“We’re now working hard to create different ways of delivering great experiences that fully adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as building on the measures we have already developed, so we can continue to provide safe and enjoyable family days out.
“Once these are in place, and we have further advice from the Government around the reopening of theme parks like ours, we will be in a better position to set a new date.
“With regards to the remaining building work on the site, this will now resume. We will be easing the return of construction workers, in line with government guidance, over the coming days and weeks.
“In the meantime, we remain really excited about the opportunities Gulliver’s Valley will bring to the economy here in Rotherham and the surrounding area. We are committed to continuing to develop the amazing relationships we have already built within this community – including with local businesses, education providers, suppliers, charities and other valued partners – as well as all our new customers who we know are looking forward to visiting us as soon as our doors open.
“For those customers who have already bought tickets, please be assured that we will contact you directly to discuss the options available to you. Please be patient as we work through this as quickly as we can, in date order.
“We have also notified all our new team members of this delay and are hoping to officially welcome them into the Gulliver’s family as soon as possible.
“We know this is disappointing news, but as a business and as a family, we hope our customers understand that the health and safety of our guests and our employees is paramount, and we want to ensure that when we do open this wonderful park, it provides the best possible experience.
“The recent announcement about honouring the Chuckle Brothers on the site is testimony to the work still going on behind the scenes to make sure we deliver a fantastic theme park that will entertain families for many years to come. It will most definitely be worth the wait!
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation, both our fantastic staff and customers, and we will continue to keep everyone updated with any further update as soon as we are in a position to do so.”