Devon's visitor attractions announce reopening dates

    Many have already opened with strict measures in place

    More of Devon's top visitor attractions  have announced when they will be reopening, following the coronavirus lockdown. 

    Many of Devon’s attractions are solidly supporting Visit England’s new 'We’re Good to Go' industry standard which was launched last week. 

    Many are also getting accredited for the AA's new 'COVID Confident' scheme which also launched recently. 

    Attractions already open

    • Bicton Park – Only the grounds opened in May just for members only but now day tickets available to all
    • Blackpool Sands – Reopened 24 May car parks, takeaway counter and toilets all reopen.
    • Wildwood Escot – Opened 15 June for members and from 16 June open to all
    • Exeter Cathedral – Is now open but only for Private Prayer and Reflection only
    • Killerton House (National Trust) – The car park, garden and parkland is open, pre-booking and timed slots. No confirmation on when the house will be reopen
    • Big Sheep – Reopening this week (29 June - 3 July) then slowly roll out the new remodelled attraction from 4 July
    • Castle Drogo (National Trust) – The garden and toilets reopened on 29 June, pre-booking only in advance.

    Opening from 4 July

    • Babbacombe Model Village  
    • Becky Falls 
    • Clovelly – Reopening of village and Red Lion for takeaway, visitor centre, café and gift shop open from 4 July subject to Government guidelines
    • Pennywell Farm – Initially offering morning and afternoon sessions
    • Seaton Tramway 
    • Stuart Line Cruises
    • River Dart Country Park
    • Lundy Island – Opening for staying visitors on the 4 July and anticipate day trips starting on the 14 July
    • Canonteign Falls 

    Opening after 4 July

    • Exmoor Zoo – Reopening 5 July
    • Crealy Theme Park & Resort  –  Partial reopen 6 July of the resort, the theme park will reopen from 6 July to day visitors
    • Woodland Family Theme Park – Working towards reopening on the 6 July 
    • Buckfast Abbey – Abbey Church open for private prayer at reduced times, no groups or services. No date confirmed for further opening of the site
    • Bygones – Reopening 11 July
    • Kents Cavern – Reopening 11 July 
    • Diggerland –   Reopening 11 July
    • The Milky Way Adventure Park – Reopening 11 and 12 July
    • World of Country Life – Phased reopening from 13 July Mon-Thurs.
    • Devon Railway Centre – Reopening 15 July 

    Reopening dates not yet confirmed:

    • Dartington Crystal 
    • Seaton Jurassic  – Anticipated beginning of August
    • The Donkey Sanctuary
    • Morwellham Quay
    • Pecorama
    • Quince Honey Farm
    • South Devon Railway 
    • Watermouth Castle

     

    Devon's Top Attractions Chairman Dick Wood said:

    "The safety of our visitors and staff remains our major concern. All member attractions are following Government guidelines and have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to make the reopenings as easy as possible.

    "There will be new safety procedures and measures in place, which may make the visitor experience slightly different to what it was previously, but it will still be good quality.

    "Member attractions are endeavouring to get accreditation for both of the UK's Covid visitor standards schemes which will undoubtedly give further confidence to people.                       

    "It's important visitors become fully aware of any new operating procedures and of the new safety measures in place before visiting any of Devon's Top Attractions members.

    "That can be achieved easily by checking on the attractions' own websites before visiting as pre-booking is now nearly always essential."

     

    There may be changes in the following areas:

    • Limiting visitor numbers
    • Changes to opening times
    • Changes to Members/Season ticket holders
    • Mandatory pre-booking
    • Contactless payments, and cash may not be accepted
    • Inside spaces may remain closed
    • Social distancing (one plus metre) 
    • Regular hand sanitising required
    • Temperatures may be taken on entry

     

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