With an easing of lockdown restrictions, some of our favourite outdoor attractions and gardens are re-re-opening over the coming weeks. Lots do still have some restrictions in place and require pre-booking, I have included details below but please check out details directly before travelling.
It is extremely important that everyone adheres to social distancing guidelines. Please also stick to the Government Guidance on what you can and can’t do – you can find that HERE.
1. Lotherton Hall Gardens
Wildlife World will re-open on Monday 29 June from 11am. Members do not need to pre-book. Admission charges will apply from 29th June and to make sure it is as safe as possible entry to Lotherton will be limited each day. Pre booked tickets required. Updates will be provided daily on social media channels as soon as tickets sell out. Please note that if the day tickets have sold out, they will only be accepting members, so please check before you travel.
The Hall and playgrounds will still be closed (for the time being!) but you’ll be able to enjoy all other areas of the estate. The toilets on site will be open between 9am-5pm each day.
In response to the latest Government guidance around outdoor activities, we have decided to reopen our car parks as of Wednesday 13 May 2020. Any parking charges will be suspended until further notice.
The house, Home Farm, playgrounds, toilets, café, shops, Go Ape and Glass House will remain closed. Starting from the 1 June the café will be offering a limited takeaway service.
Re-opens to members on the 25th & 26th June. There are also a limited number of non-member tickets available for 27th June to 5th July. Harewood’s Grounds, Gardens and Bird Garden will officially reopen to the general public on Monday 6 July.
Tickets will be released on a Thursday for the following week. ALL visitors need a prebooked ticket, including under 5s. The house and adventure playground will remain closed but they have introduced a new temporary play space, including a hay bale maze and lots of activities, where children can play whilst socially distancing. The Bird garden, grounds and toilets will all be open and takeaways are available from the cafe and picnic boxes can be preordered.
8. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, National Trust
The abbey and water garden at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal will reopen from Monday 8th June and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit.
Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Tickets will be released every Friday from 5th June. Please note you will be turned away if you haven’t booked haven’t booked.
MOTHER SHIPTON’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND REOPENS ON THE 4TH JULY!
Admission includes: Pixie Village Trail, Adventure Playground, Cave, Petrifying Well, Wishing Well and Gift Shop.
Visitors must pre-book an arrival slot and will be given 2.5 hours to explore the attraction. £25 per car term-time weekdays, £30 per car weekends and school holidays (max 7 people per car), including parking. Please note that minibuses and motorhomes will not be allowed. Unfortunately, pedestrians without a car will not be able to visit at the moment – this is to reduce contact upon admission.
Picnics are welcome, ice creams and drinks are also available to purchase within the attraction. Toilets will be open. Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead.
There are three sets of steps in the attraction which are not wheelchair accessible and pushchairs must be parked at the bottom of these steps – we recommend bringing a sling.
From Wednesday 3rd June, Thorp Perrow Arboretum will OPEN again to visitors.
– Open Wednesday through to Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday). 10am to 5pm – The playground will remain closed – The Bird of Prey and Mammal centre will be open and operating flying displays as normal – The tearoom will be operating a take-away service, with sandwiches, sausage baps, soups, cakes, hot and cold drinks – Groups and guided walks are not yet allowed
From Friday 29th of May 2020, Swinton Park’s parkland and gardens will be 7 days a week (10.30am – 6.30pm). Until the end of June they are offering 50% discount on admission to the parkland and gardens.
Meet the birds’ sessions running every Saturday and Sunday, at 11.00am and 2.00pm both days (included in the admission price).
Most of Nostell continues to be closed. However, the car park has reopened for you to enjoy some of the wider parkland.
You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Nostell. Members will be able to book a space for free, while non-members will need to pay in advance for their space. They will be turning people away if you arrive by car and haven’t booked. The bookable car park slots are released on a Friday, visit the website here www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell
The house and grounds are not yet open but you will be able to use the toilets.
The award winning Gardens at Newby Hall will re-open from Wednesday 3rd June 2020 for Season ticket holders and from the 6th June for general garden visits.
They are limiting the number of visitors who are able to access the gardens at any one time and all tickets must be purchased in advance. For details of what is open and how to book visit the Newby website.
Following the Government’s updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) plans, Harlow Carr will be reopening our Gardens from 1st June 2020. To avoid overcrowding they will be using a pre-booking system for garden admission. Please see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens for further details.
The Gardens will be open 10am – 4pm, subject to pre-booking. It is essential that anyone intending to visit must book in advance for every person visiting. Please remember to bring your booking confirmation with you to show at the visitor entrance.
Due to high levels of interest you may experience delays in the online booking process; please bear with us. Please note you will not be allowed entry without confirmation of your booking.
One set of toilets will be open at the entrance. To maintain appropriate social distancing, a maximum number of people will be allowed in at any one time and visitors may have to queue at busy times
20. Benningbrough Hall, York
The car park, garden, parkland and toilets at Beningbrough will reopen from Wednesday 3 June 2020. You will need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Booking for tickets will open every Friday, please note they will be turning people away who arrive and haven’t booked.
Following the news that the government has reviewed its decision on current restrictions on the reopening of zoos and safari parks Yorkshire Wildlife Park is gearing up to reopen from 15th June 2020.
Facilities will be limited in line with government guidelines with play areas and indoor areas closed and take away food and drink on offer. Pre-booking will be required as visitor numbers will be restricted.
The animals at None Go Bye Farm will be back open to the public from the 15th June 2020.
They will have in place a one way system to abide and regulate social distancing. The toilets will remain closed and admission will be cash only. Revised Opening Hours: Sunday/Monday 10am-3.30pm and Tuesday/Saturday 10am-4pm
27. Ponderosa Zoo, Heckmondwike
Ponderosa Zoo in Heckmondwike has announced today (16th June) that it will re-open its doors on Monday 29th June! This follows the announcement by the government that all zoos and wildlife parks in England will be allowed to reopen from Monday 15th June whilst following government Covid-19 guidelines.
The zoo is home is over 120 animals from lemurs to reindeers and is a really personal, friendly facility where children can get really close to the animals.
Tickets for Ponderosa Zoo will need to be booked in advance to ensure the control of public numbers on the site and information for booking these will be released soon.
Go Ape, Temple Newsam are reopening on the 4th July 2020 for some fun in the trees! Procedures are in place to keep everyone safe and have a fantastic time in the forest, including limiting group sizes. Early booking advised.
Stockeld Park will re-open on the 18th July 2020. Capacity is capped to 1000 people per day in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards. They have taken steps to ensure a COVID secure site – handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place.
Gold Card members will be given priority access to book tickets and if you had tickets booked for the Easter Adventure, you will be contacted with details on how to redeem these. Booking details to follow shortly.
All Diggerland Parks will re-open again to the public on Saturday 11th July at 10:00am.
More details to follow
32. Cannon Hall Farm
Cannon Hall Farm has announced that they will re-open on Saturday 4th July. Tickets will be available to their ‘supporters’ from 5pm on 29th June 2020, and from 7pm on Tuesday 30th June for everyone else. They will be reducing capacities and will only be allowing pre-booked tickets only. Tickets will be released (via their website) in weekly blocks due to the quickly changing rules and regulations The attraction will be open 10am – 5:30pm and you will be given an arrival time that it is vital that you stick to.
Toilets will be open animal barns and outdoor play areas (excluding tunnel maze) will be open tractor ride, talks, animal races and indoor play area will remain closed There will be food available as take away or a special menu via table service.
Will re- Open on 1st August 2020, tickets will be released on Friday 10th July for a 1st August reopening.
To enable social distancing, there will be a reduced number of visitors onsite and tickets will be online only. For all our visitors, things will be a little different as additional social distancing safety measures will be in place.