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The Web Adventure Park is making a last attempt to save jobs and the business.

The Park has linked with Cynosure Events, another York business impacted severely by Covid and together they are offering an outdoor funfair in the grounds of the park.

Neither business has received any support in terms of funding or grants over the lockdown, and the Web is still not allowed to open the indoor soft play centre which is the heart of the park. Janice Dunphy knew that the outside offering alone would be limited in numbers with what they could offer, with social distancing in place she did not want the play areas to be swamped and to open seemed futile. She contacted John Lowery, a friend, and the offer was accepted. This is make or break for the Web and the hope is that they will be able to keep going until the Government allows the indoor part to reopen.

Janice has been working with Government in her role as Chair of the Family entertainment association in the effort to push for support for the Industry, but to date none has come. Many centres are now closing the business for good and with this becoming a daily occurrence this has prompted the decision to take the risk and try a new offering.

The Web Funfair opens its doors on Saturday and will be showcasing the regular attractions of the park alongside seven fair rides and an outside catering hut. Capacity will be limited, and the hope is that the customers will be able to go on all the rides during their two and a half hour session, before the park is closed, sanitised and reopened for the next group.

“We take the safety of our customers and team very seriously and we would not be opening if we felt we were cutting any corners. The Park is a spacious location with lots to do which will hopefully avoid anyone feeling they are overcrowded.”

John Lowery, “We are hoping that this is a success for both companies, all of our regular bookings have been cancelled and we are just grateful to be out working. We are privileged to be working with one of York’s oldest and most loved attractions, families recognise the name and know that whatever they offer will be good value, professionally delivered and very much focused upon family fun. We need to give children something to smile about, this is hugely important now. As a grandfather I know how difficult it is at present to find somewhere that we feel confident to take the children, I can’t wait to bring my grandchildren here next week!”

The end date is open at the minute but the team hope that this will continue through August. There is a big hole to fill financially and whilst this won’t make much of an impact it may help pay towards the costs for the animals and bring the team back for a few days in paid work. This is important for the park as soon the furlough scheme will be slowing down and the future with no opening date is starting to look bleak indeed.

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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