I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! ‘to return to Wales’ as Australian Prime Minister rules out opening borders until 2022

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I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! looks set to be held in Wales for a second year as Australia has ruled out opening borders in 2021.

The hit ITV reality show was held at Gwrych Castle last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, with celebrities swapping the Australian outback for the Welsh ruins.

Whilst it was hoped Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, would be returning Down Under with a new bunch of celebrities later this year, the Australian Prime Minister has now said there is no "appetite" for the country to welcome tourists.

He said he believed Australian natives would not want to risk tourists entering the country if it meant the country enduring more lockdowns, adding in a Facebook post that borders will only be opened "when it is safe to do so."

Australia's budget plan said this week: "International travel is expected to remain low through to mid-2022, after which a gradual recovery in tourism is assumed to occur."

According to the Mirror, under current Covid rules, each I'm A Celeb cast and crew member would need to apply for individual travel exemptions in order to film the show in Australia.

A source told the publication: "I'm A Celebrity will happen this year, it is just a case of deciding the location."

For those who can't wait until the winter for a new series of the hit show, you can have a go at the bushtucker trials yourself as a theme park based around the show is set to open this summer.

Based at Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford, Greater Manchester, those visiting will try their hand at a 90-minute series of tasks, from zip wires, mazes, climbing walls, parachute-style drops, and more.

However, visitors will not be eating creepy crawlies as no live animals will be used and instead will be replaced by virtual elements.

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What you will see, however, are recreations of Snake Rock, Croc Creek and the Main Camp, bringing the I'm A Celeb experience to life before your eyes.

The aim of the game is to bag as many stars as you can, like you see in the show, and if you're successful then you might just be crowned king or queen of the jungle!

William van Rest, ITV's ­director of games, live and ­merchandising, said: "We're trying to create a jungle as closely as we can.

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"Some of the games within I'm A Celebrity are things like treetop challenges, and one of the team who helps create the games for I'm A Celebrity is helping us with this."

While the opening of the new park is yet to be confirmed, the team are hoping for a summer opening.

A statement on the website says: "The Jungle Challenge team are working hard to get the attraction ready for a 2021 opening, however, as you can imagine we too are having to accommodate the challenges presented by COVID-19."

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