Starting on Saturday 6th June the Gardens will be open daily from 10am-4pm with strict limits on the number of guests who can attend. Tickets need to be pre-booked for all guests, with tickets costing £12 or a nominal £1 fee for pass holders.
It will be the first chance for guests to experience the park’s approach to operating a theme park in the time of Covid-19, including enhanced cleaning regimes as well as new measures to encourage social distancing. The park will also be checking guests’ temperature upon entry, and if any guest has a high temperature their group will be refused entry and given the chance to rebook at a later date for no extra charge.
The entry fee will include car parking but no other attractions will be open and a large part of the park will be closed to guests. Facilities for guests will be available in Mutiny Bay and Towers Street, including toilets, food and drink, though it is unlikely that any indoor seating will be available. The park are also encouraging guests to bring their own picnic, though point out that no alcohol or barbecues will be allowed.
Merlin Annual Pass have today also announced plans for extensions on annual passes. If your pass expires after 18th March 2020, you will automatically have a 5 month extension, with a further extension if your pass then expires in the closed season.
The new £1 booking fee will also apply for all pass holders when visiting any Merlin attraction whilst guest numbers are restricted. This therefore means that all pass holders must pre-book in advance.