ALTON Towers is beginning to reopen from this weekend – but don’t expect to ride any rollercoasters any time soon.

The park is partially opening their outdoor spaces ahead of plans to open the park itself, although no dates for the latter have been confirmed.

Alton Towers are opening again this weekend - but only the outdoor gardens

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Alton Towers are opening again this weekend – but only the outdoor gardensCredit: Alamy

Guests will be able to visit the grounds from June 6, with prebooking mandatory.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £3 for kids, or £1 for Alton Towers passholders.

In a statement on their website, they said: “We are reopening our Gardens on June 6 in line with Government guidance. Tickets will need to be pre-booked before visiting.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and we have therefore introduced a number of additional hygiene and safety measures which you’ll see in place when you visit.”

Rides and rollercoasters won’t be open to guests, but takeaway food and drink services will be on offer.

Social distancing markers and signs will also be throughout the park.

Only the gardens will be open this weekend, and not the rides or attractions

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Only the gardens will be open this weekend, and not the rides or attractionsCredit: Alamy

Alton Towers has also revealed the changes coming to the park when it eventually reopens.

These include:

  • Temperature checks at the gates, with anyone who has a temperature too high turned away.
  • Spatial markers at queue lines and communal areas, while one-way system enforced at shops.
  • Riders only allowed on rollercoasters and rides within their groups, with a row between each family.
  • Additional hygiene stations across the park
  • Face masks not to be mandatory.

Health, Safety & Security Director, Jonathan Ellis. said “Once it is safe to reopen, we ask you to please support us in the simple steps of respecting each other when you visit; in terms of giving each other sufficient space, in keeping the resort clean and most of all in washing your hands. 

“We see these not as short-term measures, but as the ‘new normal’ way that we will operate until such time as the health risks of COVID-19 are fully addressed.”

We revealed what it was like to return to Universal Orlando which reopened to the public yesterday, the first time since it was closed due to coronavirus.

While guests can expect emptier parks and shorter queues, there are also strict rules on masks and limited ride choices.

Theme parks in Europe have also already opened, with the Netherlands Efteling and Germany’s Europa-Land operating again.

What it’s like to visit Universal Orlando post-coronavirus

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