Alton Towers closes indefinitely due to lockdown despite planned Christmas events and experiences

ALTON Towers is closing indefinitely due to the UK's imminent lockdown – despite offering a number of Christmas and festive experiences.

From Thursday, the UK is going into full lockdown until at least December 2, which means a trip to the theme park is not allowed.

As a result, the park has announced that it will close from Thursday, without a set date for reopening.

A spokesperson said: "Further to the latest update from the UK Government, Alton Towers Resort will be temporarily closing from November 5th. This includes our Theme Park, Hotels, Waterpark and Spa.

"Whilst we had been looking forward to welcoming visitors to Alton Towers Resort in November, the health and wellbeing of our guests and teams is always our top priority.

"Alton Towers Resort will remain closed until further notice and we will work to reopen the Resort to guests as soon as it’s appropriate to do so."

This puts a number of festive events and experiences at risk, which many families had booked for the Christmas period.

These include Santa sleepovers at the Alton Towers hotel, as well as Santa's grotto and festive garden walks, which were due to go ahead from December 4 to December 6, and December 11 to December 23.

It isn't clear if they will go ahead or be cancelled, despite being scheduled for after the lockdown due to end.

Guests with pre-booked tickets on dates when the park is closed will have their tickets revalidated, so they can rearrange their visit for a later date.

Guests with hotel bookings betweenNovember 4 and December2 will have their short break automatically converted into avoucher, which they can use to book another visit.

Theme parks usually close for the winter period, with Thorpe Park closing on November 1, although others, such as Legoland, offer seasonal events.

Holiday parks including Haven, Center Parcs and Butlins are all closing their doors until next month, while some are staying shut until 2021.

Tour operators and airlines are also stopping flights until next month and offering refunds and free changes.

Ryanair, however, recently announced that they would not be stopping flights or offering refunds.

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