GULLIVER'S World has made the difficult decision to close just ahead of its Mothers' Day Weekend event.

The Burtonwood family theme park has shut its doors apart from the hotel aspect which will remain open on a room-only basis for now.

Anyone with a booking between March 21 and April 8 can change the date with no transfer fee or receive a full refund,

A statement on Facebook said: "We know this will be disappointing news to families planning to visit our resorts, particularly to guests looking forward to our Mothers' Day Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday.

"We will guarantee that the Mothers' Day offer will be postponed to a later date for this year, so mums can enjoy a well-deserved break, which will be more essential than ever after these challenging times.

"It is with a heavy heart that these decisions will inevitably impact our fantastic and much valued team members. As a family business, we will continue to support every member of our team as best that we can during this difficult period."