Myself and the Family were invited and kindly added to the Guest List at Gulliver’s Valley for a Press PR Media trip for the purpose of a review. Free entry has not impacted my views or opinions of this theme park and what you shall read are my own honest thoughts and opinions on this Family Attraction.
Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park – Super fun Family Day out.
When I was contacted regarding a visit to Gulliver’s Valley as part of a PR Press campaign for the opening, following the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic and Lockdown, it was a mixture of emotions.
Excitement for the opportunity mingled with anxiousness and nerves of visiting such a Popular Family Attraction while the virus is still around us.
I did a fair bit of research of this theme park before hand, looking into what was on offer, reading other Press Trip posts from fellow bloggers and Influencers.
Now I know I am not the only one who has worries around visiting an attraction like Gulliver’s Valley.
What safety measures or rules and restrictions that have been put in place to keep our families and staff members safe.
Below in my review I will highlight these, I will also share with you how we found our Family Day Out here at Gulliver’s and what the Theme Park has to offer.
Gulliver’s Valley – South Yorkshire.
What is Gulliver’s Valley.
Well after 5 years of planning Gulliver’s Valley was finally set to open and join the rest of the fun family based attractions within the Gulliver’s Family, but Covid19 happened.
I bet this was a major setback in plans for the Park. Officialy opening on Saturday the 11th July bringing a whole new world of family fun to Yorkshire and further afield.
Gulliver’s Valley is currently still in ‘Phase One’ with a total of ‘Five Planned Phases’.
Currently operating with what Gulliver’s have called the various themes of the park ‘Worlds’, take a look at the list below of what ‘Worlds’ are available here at Gulliver’s Valley.
- Lost World (our personal favourite, the Dinosaur models, the activities and rides that are available in this are are fantastic).
- Smugglers Wharf (arrrgghh me hearty, hope you have your sea legs because you will be sure to have a Pirate-astic time).
- Build Zone (If you and your children love Diggers and all things construction then you will love this area).
- Toyland (an Ideal area for children aged 2+, fair ground esk rides, this was one of Pig’s favourite areas).
- Mini Farm (a quaint are with shetland ponies, donkeys and other farm and small furry animals).
- Splash Zone (this themed area is coming soon)
- Voyagers (Access to this themed area is only available to Resort Guests only, so if you are visiting for the weekend and staying at Gulliver’s this is one to check out during your stay).
- Western World (A western themed village, western themed rides and even buildings for the kids to immerse themselves as a cowboy and sheriff, this area was lots of fun).
With more ‘Worlds’ planned and further more accomodation including lodges and hotels.
If you are planning a visit to Gulliver’s Valley-South Yorkshire you can find more info and plan your visit, check up on the safety measures in place (I will also cover on these later on in my review) and booking accomodation by following this link to the Gulliver’s Valley Website – https://www.gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk/
Cost of a visit to Gulliver’s Valley.
Now we have a bit of history regarding Gulliver’s and the creation of this Yorkshire based Family attraction let’s get onto what all us parents dread the most….
The cost. Family Days are expensive and if I’m honest compared to other similar theme parks, Gulliver’s is very reasonably priced.
Well I say that with a slight hesitation, so let me reiterate on that. For Adults and Children, I say the children but more the children over 120cm. Like most theme parks the admission pricing is based upon height.
That is an ok way of pricing, but charging a full adult price for a child 90-120cm that is unable to go on certain rides within the park, there should be a reduced price. Prices are in the Image below.
There is also an annual Gulliver’s Pass available which you can find more details of here and the various Gulliver’s theme Parks that the pass is available to use at.
Covid stuff, Social Distancing and safety measures.
On the looks of the Covid19 stuff that a lot of attractions similar to Gulliver’s are having to put in place, they have it pretty much spot on.
They have a page dedicated to keeping you safe on their website and how they are handling everything with the rules and measures in place due to Covid19.
Hand washing and hand sanitising stations found frequently around the park and clearly signed so that people know to keep clean which is great.
Cleaning of the rides after each use was a big thing that we noticed. The cleanliness of the park was fantastic.
Now there are the odd teething problems that I noticed so to speak. It is a newly opened attraction and I am sure like all similar attractions they will be experiencing the same.
I mean many of us have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime, so nothing to be disheartened about a little improvement.
Some aspects, mainly the Social Distancing around the park itself and the Queues for the rides.
This is something that can easily be sorted just by displaying more detailed signage. Possibly the ride attendants making sure families and people in the queues maintain to the social distance measures that have been set.
We found a fair few parents and families in the queue were getting too close to us and the kids.
They have painted markers on the floors in the queues for the rides, these were pretty cool.
Each markers were different for each world. In the lost world there were dinosaur footprints marked on the floor.
But, what I noticed was that these social distancing markers weren’t made aware of on the signage around the park.
The signs reminded of maintaining your social distances but not to make you aware of these markings.
All children over the ages of 3 must wear masks (Find more info about face coverings at Gulliver’s here) when inside the main building, cafes and shops, when queuing and on the rides.
Common sense which again some visitors must be lacking in that area, as they just disregarded set measures for safety (It’s just something with a certain percentage of the public, nothing of fault of Gulliver’s Valley).
It was sad to see that so many in the queues were not making sure themselves or their children were wearing their masks or maintaining to social distances.
As mentioned before, this is just one of those teething issues which I’m sure Gulliver’s valley can easily rectify.
Sadly the other is just the attitude from the public with regards whats going on lately and just pure ignorance to safety.
Our visit and what fun we had.
Even in the attractions first phase there is so much to do here at Gulliver’s valley. It seemed a fairly busy day when we visited.
Not rammed though, it didn’t feel like we were sardines jammed into a tin which was good.
With the social distancing in the queues and reduced numbers on the rides, it did take slightly longer to get on some of the more popular rides.
We didn’t get the chance to experience all the rides but we managed a fair few still, the Princess Tribe had an amazing time.
We had a bit of a hiccup at the Gyrosaur ride (completely our own mistake). Mouse loves the thrill rides, me and my partner wouldn’t even dare to attempt the ride.
Bless her she must have queued for half an hour for us to realise for her height she had to be accompanied by an adult.
Luckily there was a very kind lady who’s husband and daughter were not far behind in the queue and offered for her to go with them.
Hurrah there are still some kind people in the world. Mouse absolutely loved the Gyrosaur ride and even wanted to go on it again.
We had food included within our trip. If you are wanting to eat at the array of various facilities available, you can book on entry to the park for a time slot (more info here).
This is a great way to reduce the numbers within the restaurant area. The food is good and reasonably priced.
It is fast food and sandwich boxes are also available, a bit dearer than your usual McDonald’s but to be expected at a park such as this.
The kids loved the stage area and the big screen projector, it kept them occupied and sat entertained while eating food.
The rides are lots of fun and the way they have designed and integrated them into ‘Worlds’ within the attraction is brilliant and fun for the kids. As you will have seen from a few of the pictures that are within this post also.
Worst thing like most Parks, and every Parents worst nightmare where your wallets begin to cringe from the fear of being emptied is…. THE GIFT SHOP!!
It was actually situated to the side of the main exit, wahoo happy days… you DO NOT have to exit through the gift shop like most Family attractions (Yes Merlin please take note).
We did pay a visit though and was pleasantly surprised. We gave the Princess Tribe a treat each, gladly the array of items available to purchase in the gift shop are very reasonably priced compared to other similar attractions…PHEW.
How to find Gulliver’s Valley and my Dads thouhts on this family attraction.
Happy days, they have a free car park, thought i’d add that one in firstly. nothing worse than paying for parking on top of entrance fees.
For us travelling from Scarborough once on the M62 or the M1 it is very straight forward to find. But coming from other areas please do check Gulliver’s Website here to find your best route or the good old Google Maps.
It is not far off the main motorway links of the M1 so is well placed for people travelling from north or south.
As for my thoughts of this Yorkshire based Family Theme Park. Gulliver’s Valley could do with highlighting the social distancing markers in place more clearly and try to ensure that visitors are following the social distancing measures in place.
That is my main issue as for us with Sarah been classed as high risk due to her Asthma issues it is a big worry for us taking family days outs and visits such as this.
Possibly a lower entrance fee rate for the children in the height range 90cm – 120cm due to them unable to go on some of the rides.
On a whole Gulliver’s Valley is a fantastic and fun family theme park and attraction.
So much already for the kids to do, possibly too much to attempt to fit in in one day so maybe look to stay for 2 or 3 days at the accommodation available to enjoy the full facilities of this great family attraction.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, the smiles and laughter from the kids and seeing the families around the park having such great fun was brilliant to see.
Being able to return to some form of normality now the lockdown has been relaxed shows we are heading in the right direction.
I wish Gulliver’s Valley very good luck for the future and cannot wait to see what is added when the other phases are implemented and hope to return to the park again soon in the future.
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Myself and the Family were invited and kindly added to the Guest List at Gulliver’s Valley for a Press PR Media trip for the purpose of a review. Free entry has not impacted my views or opinions of this theme park and what you shall read are my own honest thoughts and opinions on this Family Attraction. Thank you to Gulliver’s Valley and Sidekick PR for the opportunity work with you and the opportunity to review this Fab family attraction.
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