Peak District theme park Gulliver's Kingdom offers a great family day out as it reopens after lockdown

Super Spring has landed at Gulliver’s Kingdom with the Matlock Bath theme park making the most of its outdoor attractions.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 8:17 am

After its grand post-lockdown reopening on April 12, Gulliver’s Kingdom is welcoming visitors back to its fresh air activities with rides aimed at children between two and 13, character meets, a high ropes experience, a chair lift, JCB Zone and a selection of playgrounds to choose from.

The theme park – along with its sister attractions in Rother Valley, Warrington and Milton Keynes – has some of the strictest Covid-safe policies you will find.

Staff take the temperatures of everyone entering the park and everyone aged three and over must wear a face covering on the rides, unless they are medically exempt.

Of course, there are also plenty of hand sanitiser stations dotted around the park and social distancing markers in all the queues.

You may also wait a little longer to get onto certain attractions, as the ride operators are careful to seat people in family groups and ensure there is plenty of space between each household.

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Focus is on fun

Fun aboard the Pirate Ship ride in the Smugglers Wharf area at Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath.

Despite the added safety measures, the focus of the park remains firmly on fun.

Dinosaur fans will love Lost World with its animatronic prehistoric creatures, themed car ride, play area and Dino Falls – a water slide you travel down on inflatables.

There is also the pirate-themed Smugglers Wharf and Western World for would-be cowboys and cowgirls.

Crow’s Nest Quest is a high ropes adventure course which offers timed sessions at no extra cost and there is a zip line course for the adventurous called Riggers Revenge.

Children will love seeing all the dinosaurs as they explore the Lost World at Gulliver's Kingdom.

One thing you will notice about Gulliver’s Kingdom is its hillside setting.

The views of the surrounding Peak District are stunning, although some of the paths can be quite steep but there is a chair lift and a travelator to help you up some of the worst parts.

One of the advantages of its location is that the site itself is quite compact so you do not have to walk for miles to reach each attraction – there is literally something to do around every corner.

So while the indoor attractions may be closed until mid-May, you need not worry about having enough to do – the main challenge will be fitting everything in before hometime.

Danielle Flint serves Lee Wilson at one of the many takeaway kiosks dotted around Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath.

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Drop Tower is a drop ride in Adventure Land at Gulliver's Kingdom.
Crows Nest Quest is a high-ropes experience included in the ticket price and offering stunning views across the Derwent Valley.