High energy costs force water park to close for the winter

A North Yorkshire water park says it will have to shut for the winter due to “ongoing high costs”, including energy bills.

Alpamare, in Scarborough, confirmed it was with “great sadness” it could not continue trading and would not be back in action again until spring.

It explained the “very high cost of energy needed” to heat indoor and outdoor pools had forced the temporary closure.

The £14m park opened in Scarborough’s North Bay in 2016 and includes indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides and a spa.

In a statement on its website, Alpamare said: “Whilst we have a fantastic park and lots of brilliant customers, we are unable to continue trading through the winter due to the ongoing high costs associated with our business (including the very high cost of energy needed to heat our facilities and pools in the winter).

“A brief closure will enable us to carry out essential maintenance and improve energy efficiency.

“Any member of the public who has made a booking for Alpamare or Wellness should receive an automatic refund within the next three working days.

“We cannot wait to re-open in the spring and welcome you all to Alpamare again.”