ALTON Towers are reopening their gardens to the public this weekend to allow more access for families stuck in lockdown.

However, you will have to book ahead, with the gardens expected to be busy.

From November 13, the gardens will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday so families can visit the gardens which are part of the 550-acre resort.

The park itself remains closed so don't expect to be able to go on any rides right now.

Social distancing guidelines are in place, as well as temperature checkson arrival and only takeaway drinks and food available with card payment.

James Walker, Marketing Director for Alton Towers said: "We are delighted to re-open our Gardens to the public on the next few weekends and offer guests the chance to enjoy them whilst taking their vital daily exercise."

"The Gardens were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by guests over the summer and we know the grounds are particularly stunning as winter approaches.

“We will continue to limit the number of guests each day, and still have a raft of hygiene and safety measures in place to protect our visitors and employees.

"We recognise how important these tranquil garden and outdoor spaces are for families at this time, not only for physical exercise but their wellbeing, providing a setting where families can enjoy time in the outdoors together.”

Tickets can be booked here, costing £12 for adults and £5 for kids. Children under 3 go free.

Theme parks in the UK have been forced to close due to the lockdown, with hopes to reopen December 3.

Alton Towers is yet to announce an official date for when the park will reopen.

Here are some of the theme parks and rides opening in 2021 which you canlook forward to.

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