With an easing of lockdown restrictions, some of our favourite outdoor attractions and gardens are now open. 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.
Please also stick to the Government Guidance on what you can and can’t do – you can find that HERE.
1. Nostell National Trust
The gardens and house remain closed at Nostell. 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 each week, visit the website here www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell
Toilet facilities are open. Tickets released every Friday
2. Pugneys Country Park
Car park now open and ice cream vans have been there at times. I have been informed that the toilets are open (hours unknown)
Libraries in Horbury, Hemsworth and Normanton will be the first to re-open on 11 July. Pontefract and Airedale libraries on 13 July and Sandal, South Elmsall, Featherstone, Stanley and Castleford on 20 July.
The re-start of the mobile library service and re-opening of Ossett Library are being planned for early August.
The date for the re-opening of Wakefield Library will be announced at the same time as Customer Services, Licensing and Revenue and Benefits when the building re-opens to the public.
In response to the latest Government guidance around outdoor activities, we have decided to reopen our car park as of Wednesday 13 May 2020. Our normal admission and car park charges will be suspended until further notice.
The Hall, Wildlife World, playgrounds, toilets, café and shops remain closed. Starting from the 1 June the café will be offering a limited takeaway service. Annual memberships will be extended to reflect the period of closure.
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.
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).
Parkland is open. Reduced car parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Toilet facilities available between 10am and 4pm. No refreshments for sale as cafe is undergoing refurbishment and will not reopen until Spring 2021. Padley Gorge is perfect for paddling but can get busy.
Reopening on Wednesday 3rd June. You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Clumber Park. 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 each week, visit the website here www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park/whats-on
Tickets released every Friday
25. RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
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
26. Shibden Hall, Halifax
At Shiben Hall park you can feed the ducks, walk the grounds, or ride a bike on the paths.
The Toilets are open and the cafe is providing a takeaway service. Shibden Hall and the play area remain closed.
27. 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.
Castle Howard’s Gardens and Grounds will re-open from Wednesday 3rd June 2020 for Members only, and from Monday 8th June 2020 for all visitors.
All visits will need to be pre-booked using the online booking system ONLY.
Please note that for now, Skelf Island, the Adventure Playground and the House itself will remain closed along with the indoor cafe outlets. There will be some take away catering on offer and the Farm Shop and Garden Centre remain open.
Toilets available. The main toilets in the Courtyard will be closed, with the exception of the accessible toilet and the baby changing facility. Portable toilets will be available on the North Front.
30. 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.
The garden and parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens will reopen from Monday 15 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
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.
35. Outdoor Area at Grasshoppers at Tong Garden Centre
The outdoor play area at Grass Hoppers will be reopening on Wednesday 8th July!
The team at Grass Hoppers are now on with implementing several new safety features to ensure that you are all in a safe and secure environment for when playtime returns. More details will be released shortly.
Cannon Hall Farm have 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.