It may not be a “normal” school holidays but here’s a quick reminder of some of our favourite things that are back open in Rotherham.
Rotherham’s crown jewel has seen a phased approach to reopening. Now open are the free playground, amusement park / fun fair and mini golf, plus acres of fields to picnic, run around, ride your bike.
The museum, however, will stay closed until September and unfortunately, the water splash area won’t be open this year.
A spokesperson for the Council, said: “Unfortunately the design and layout of the water splash at Clifton Park means it just isn’t possible to reopen it within current guidance. We have looked at every possible option to open, but it is simply not possible to do so and keep you and your children safe. So, regrettably it will therefore not be opening for the remainder of this year.”
Rother Valley Country Park
In the south of the borough, the country park has a number of activities that are back open again but car parking is being limited to ensure social distancing without overcrowding the car parks.
The playground has recently reopened (with guidance in place), as has the Courtyard Café.
Watersports activities hire is not operating at the moment but the Sailing Club and Jet Ski Club have started their activities. Those with access to their own canoe, kayak, boat, paddle board etc, can use the main lake (launch fees apply).
The “Total Wipeout” style Aqua Park operated by Sheffield Cable Water Ski is back open, with sessions needing to be booked in advance.
The UK’s largest inflatable park is now reopen at Parkgate, again, with a number of extra measures in place – pre bookings online, PPE for staff, sanitising stations, cleaning, temperature checks, reduced capacity.
After a false start, when the Government changed its mind on bowling alleys reopening, 12 lanes are now available to pre book at the Kimberworth venue. The Wimpy outlet is also taking part in the “Eat Out to Help Out” offer in August.
The Little Town of Play
Soft play areas are also able to reopen, and in Swinton, a unique and tailor-made role-playing facilities can be enjoyed in The Little Town of Play.
The Science Adventure Centre reopened in July. Aqua-Tek at Magna, one of the UK’s largest outdoor water play zones, is also open but there’s still no dates for the popular, “Magna Mayhem” events. The venue is also taking part in the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme.
Families and garden-lovers alike can enjoy a day in the gardens at the mansion and a number of tours and events are coming back.
Check with each venue regarding new guidance and for bookings.
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