Attractions To Visit in East Midlands Summer 2020 – What is and isn’t open

I have decided not to update my popular post what is open again in the East Midlands with toilets open. Instead, now restrictions have eased a little more I thought it would be easier to start a new post. This one is for all attractions that are open or will be opening this summer 2020 in the East Midlands.

This list will comprise of places across the East Midlands – Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I am only including attractions which have an entrance price. If you are looking for free days out with a family-friendly walk involved then this is the post for you – 70+ Family Walks in East Midlands.

Covid 19 Safety Measures At East Midlands Attractions

In these worrying times of Covid 19 I think it’s essential that attractions put in place strict measures to keep us safe. By me including these places in this list, I am not in any way saying that this is or isn’t a safe place to visit. I will, however, outline what they are doing to try and keep their customers safe. All the sites below do have toilets open.

Hopefully, as you lovely readers visit more places (myself included) I can include updated information about how safe people felt when visiting. If you have any comments to add please do so. My Best Days Out in the East Midlands group on Facebook is a great place to share where you have visited. Toilets are open at all of the following attractions.

Please check their website for opening times, dates of opening and admission prices. My advice would be to carry face masks around with you all summer. You never know when you may be asked to wear one.

In alphabetical order for each area of the East midlands.

PLEASE NOTE: Leicestershire has currently returned to lockdown. People are being told not to make any non essential journeys out of or into Leicestershire. I’m unsure which attractions should or shouldn’t be visited because of this. Please ring before you attempt to visit.

DERBYSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Bluebells Dairy

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They will be operating on a pre-booking basis only. There will be a one-way system in place, increased handwashing facilities as well as sanitiser points across the site. More toilets have been provided, social distance markers are in place as well as reduced numbers and staggered entry time slots to ease the flow across the site.

What is or isn’t Open – There is a new scenic farm trail around their land which is not normally accessible. In addition to this, they are opening up one of our large fields so that there is an area for families to enjoy space to play! Play facilities will be open to use as well as their Sheep Race.

Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR


Bolsover Castle – English Heritage

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

What is or isn’t Open – The Little Castle, the Riding House and the upper Terrace Range will remain open as usual with a one way system in place. Access may be restricted to certain areas. The cafe is open for take-away food and drinks.

The playground will remain closed for now.

Address: Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR

More about Bolsover Castle


Calke Abbey – National Trust

When do they Open? – For now their grounds and gardens have already reopened.

Safety Measures – To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member. Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time. Toilets are open but only one household is allowed in at a time.

What is or isn’t Open – Calke Park and Garden are open. A limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks will be on sale.

House, Restaurant, Retail and Calke Explore are closed.

Address: Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JF


Chatsworth House

When do they Open? – The grounds have already reopened again.

Safety Measures – They have fitted a number of new hand washing stations and portaloos. Created safe queuing areas and introduced limits to the number of visitors. Created ‘one way systems’ to reduce congestion. Switched to accept contactless and card payments only to avoid the handling of cash and more.

What is or isn’t Open – Their parks, garden, take away food outlets, and most recently our gift shop are all now open, with strict control measures in place.

In line with government guidelines, the house, and farmyard remain closed, as do their restaurants. They are however working on robust plans, so that they can reopen them gradually, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP


Crich Tramway Village

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They recommend that you pre-purchase your tickets via their website. You will need to bring a suitable face mask / covering for your visit. These will be required for riding on the tramcars. Plus many other safety measures which can be seen on their website.

What is or isn’t Open – Almost everything will be open again with different measures in place to keep you safe.

Address: Crich, Matlock DE4 5DP

More about Crich Tramway Village


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

When do they Open? – Trains will be running again from the 25th July.

Safety Measures – Tickets are sold per compartment at a fare of £30.00 for one return journey at the time you select on booking. Up to 6 passengers of any age may visit per compartment booked. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or over the telephone.

What is or isn’t Open – All journeys START AT WIRKSWORTH and return to Wirksworth. The Station Café will be open for a limited take away service. They also have some brand new toilets.

The Museum at Wirksworth, Miniature Railway and Model Railway may open subject to staffing.

Address: Wirksworth Station, Station Road, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB.


Gullivers Kingdom

When do they Open? – The rides and attractions will be reopening on the 18th July.

Safety Measures – Capacity will be reduced so you must prebook online. There will be staggered arrival times, contactless payments, temperature checks, enhanced cleaning and more. You may be required to wear a mask in some areas.

What is or isn’t Open – Outdoor rides and attractions will be open. Indoor areas are limited in numbers and the indoor play areas will be closed.

Address: Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG

More about Gullivers Kingdom


Hardwick Hall – National Trust

When do they Open? – The grounds and the gardens have already reopened.

Safety Measures – To open safely, they’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member. Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot.

What is or isn’t Open – The main car park, Stableyard and Garden are open. Stableyard toilets are open with only one household allowed in at a time. A limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks will be on sale.

The play area and house remain closed for now.

Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT


Heights of Abraham

When are they reopening – They are reopening on the 18th July

Safety measures – Tickets are restricted each day and must be purchased online in advance. Face coverings must be worn in the cable car and on the cave tour. More than 20 hand sanitisers have been installed throughout the estate.

What is or isn’t open? From what I can see everything is reopening

Address: Dale Rd, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NT


Matlock Farm Park

When are they reopening? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Visit England has awarded them the COVID-19 Industry standard. Acknowledging that they are following government and industry guidelines to incorporate important procedures at the farm park which promote social distancing and maintain cleanliness.

Having reviewed their capacity levels and in carrying out thorough Risk Assessments, visitors are able to arrive on the day and pay on entry. They have a one-way system and increased hygiene.

What is or isn’t open? Outdoor areas are open again. The indoor soft play has to remain closed for now. Some of their extra activities are still taking place with limited numbers.

Address: Jaggers Ln, Matlock DE4 5LH


Midland Railway Butterley – There is no update as yet on their reopening


Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood – They remain closed but hope to reopen


LEICESTERSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Battlefield Line – They have not as yet announced their reopening


Belvoir Castle

When do they Open? – They have already reopened their gardens.

Safety Measures – Welcoming visitors at a distance and behind perspex screens. Operating social distancing throughout the estate. Limiting the number of visitors within the Castle and grounds at any given time. Providing hand sanitiser at all entry points. Implementing enhanced cleaning procedures & regularly disinfecting all public areas. Providing safe contactless payment options and many more measures.

What is or isn’t Open – Their gardens have reopened and they also have take away food and drink. They are not open all well.

The castle is remaining closed for now.

Address: Grantham NG32 1PE

More about Belvoir Castle


Conkers

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They are limiting the number of tickets sold each day. There will be enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser plus a one way system and other measures.

What is or isn’t Open – I believe their outdoor play areas will be open again , the train and the cinema. I am unsure whether some of these require you to wear a mask.

Address: Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA

More about Conkers


Great Central Railway – They have made no announcement as yet regarding their reopening


Manor Farm Park and Woodlands

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Everyone including members must pre-book their tickets online. I have found no further information on what safety measures they are putting in place.

What is or isn’t Open – All outdoor areas will be open again apart from the following:

Animal petting, donkey rides, owl holding, indoor play barn and rides on Ernie the milk float will not be reopening.

Address: Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6LU

More about Manor farm park


National Space Centre

When do they Open? – They will be reopening on the 18th July

Safety Measures – TBC

What is or isn’t Open – TBC

Address: Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

More about the Naional Space Centre


Stonehurst Family Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They are asking people to purchase tickets in advance so that they can control numbers. There is a one-way system around the farm and increased cleaning and sanitising on the farm. Our front line staff will be wearing face masks.

What is or isn’t Open – Customers will have access to all farm animals, this includes being able to feed the animals and handle animals in the cuddle corner. There is a new adventure play trail open. The Farmer’s Den Teashop will be open for takeaways only. The Farm shop and “Farmer’s Den” Tearooms will be Open serving hot and cold food and drinks to take out.

Currently tractor rides and part of the Motor museum are temporarily suspended.

Address: Bond Ln, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AA


Tropical Birdland

When do they Open? – They have already reopened

Safety Measures – They are limiting visitor numbers so in order to do this it will be essential that visitors pre-book their tickets online. This will include strict allocated time slots. They are now operating a one-way system. Social distancing signage and marker flags will be placed around the gardens plus hand sanitising stations.

What is or isn’t Open – Walk-in aviaries will be closed at this time, however their walk-through aviary will be open. Parrot Path section is open. The restaurant is open for take-away.

The playground is closed for now.

Address: Lindridge Ln, Desford, Leicester LE9 9GN


Twinlakes

When do they Open? – Selected theme park attractions are open again

Safety Measures – Visitor numbers capped each day, via the online booking of all tickets. Extra hygiene and cleaning measures throughout the site. Socially distanced queue lines and hand sanitisers throughout the park.

What is or isn’t Open – Farm park, falconry, outdoor attractions and ride will be open.

Indoor play areas and the water park will be closed for now.

Address: Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4FF

More about Twinlakes


Twycross Zoo

When do they Open? – The zoo has already reopened

Safety Measures – There is a restricted number of tickets and you must book online in advance. Tickets are booked via an allocated time slot. There is a one-way route around the zoo.

What is or isn’t Open – Most outdoor areas have reopened. Take-away food and drink is available.

All indoor areas are closed including the soft play.

Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

More about Twycross Zoo


Wistow Maze will not be reopening this year


LINCOLNSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Belton House

When do they Open? – They have already reopened their grounds. Play areas and the house are yet to be reopened.

Safety Measures – To open safely, they’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member. Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time. Their toilets are open with only one household in at a time.

What is or isn’t Open – Parkland & Gardens will be open. Dogs on leads are welcome but not allowed in the formal gardens. A limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks will be on sale.

Please note that the Outdoor Adventure playground will be closed.

Address: High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW

More about Belton House


Burghley House

When do they Open? – The gardens and parkland have already reopened

Safety Measures – The Gardens are open with pre-booking essential to keep our visitors and staff safe. The toilets will be cleaned and maintained regularly.

What is or isn’t Open – The gardens and parkland are open. The Garden Shed is open providing hot and cold drinks, ice creams and cakes. The Garden of Surprises will be open, although there will be limited access to certain areas and no contact with water features. To maintain your safety, the children’s paddling area, maze and viewing mound will be closed. The Sculpture Garden will be fully open including new areas of herbaceous planting and a selection of new sculpture.

The house will not be opening this year.

Address: Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY

More about Burghley House


Claythorpe Watermill

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Their online booking system will soon be live, so you’ll be able to easily – and safely – book your visit, whether you’re buying a ticket to the grounds or just booking a table in the café. (The cafe is open to all, not just to ticket holders).

What is or isn’t Open – There is no information on their website with regards to what isn’t or open.

Address: Claythorpe, Alford LN13 0DU

More about Claythorpe Watermill


Elsham Hall and Gardens

When do they Open? – Their gardens and play area are open again.

Safety Measures – They have signs and designated routes in place to keep their visitors safe. They are not requiring people to prebook a ticket.

What is or isn’t Open – The gardens and play area will all be open by the 4th July.

There is no further information available regarding food and drinks.

Address: Elsham, Brigg DN20 0QZ


Fantasy Island

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They have been accredited the good to go tick meaning they are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing. They’ve been working extremely hard to ensure their park is safe for your return! There will be a limited capacity.

What is or isn’t Open – They are hoping to reopen all areas including indoor and outdoor rides plus the amusement arcade. The outdoor market is also open.

Address: Sea Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1RH

More about Fantasy Island


Hall Farm Park

When do they Open? – They are reopening on the 17th July

Safety Measures – On your visit you will find some things done a little differently to in the past to ensure the safety of staff and visitors and in guidance with government regulations.

What is or isn’t Open – I can find no information with regards to what is or isn’t open.

Address: Caistor Rd, South Kelsey, Market Rasen LN7 6PR

More about Hall Farm Park


Hardys Animal Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Tickets can not be purchased on the gate, they must be purchased online. This is to keep numbers down. Additional hand sanitiser points and one way systems have been put in place throughout the park.

What is or isn’t Open – Their outdoor areas will be open. Food will be pre-packaged and there will be no hot menu. Payment by contactless card is preferred. Pitchfork and Putt is open with limited numbers each day due to single use clubs, on a first come first served basis. Their 3 outdoor play areas, pony cycles and electric tractors will be open. Please use the hand washing or sanitiser points before use.

Haystacks Playbarn is closed under the current guidance

Address: Anchor Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1LZ

More about Hardys Animal Farm


Lincoln Castle

When are they opening? They are open again

Safety Measures – They have one way systems in place around the site. They are limiting daily numbers. There will be no activities in the prison.

What is or isn’t open? – Everything appears to be open again

Address: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA

More about Lincoln Castle


Lincolnshire Wildlife Park – They have no news as yet regarding their reopening


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – They have no news as yet regarding their reopening


Normanby Hall Country Park

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – To protect our visitors and staff, a variety of social distancing measures have been introduced, including one way systems and hand sanitising stations. Please follow the signage on display.

What is or isn’t open – Everything but the splash pad, gift shop and campsite are closed for now.

Address: Normanby, Scunthorpe DN15 9HU

More about Normanby Country Park


Pink Pig Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Booking will be online only to control the number of visitors. There will be staggered opening hours. Hand sanitiser throughout the farm. Regular cleaning, card payments only and more.

What is or isn’t Open – There has been no official confirmation but the outdoors areas should be open. The indoor soft play will be closed. I would assume indoor role play area will be closed.

They have food and drinks available to take-away

Address: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE

More about Pink Pig Farm


Rand Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – To visit and to minimise people arriving at the same time you must pre book an allocated time slot on their website. Tickets will be limited. There will be perspex screens, hand sanitisation points, one-way systems and floor markers to maintain a social distance.

What is or isn’t Open – The Skyrider, Archery and the Play Barn will be closed. There will be food and drinks available to buy. All outdoor play areas will be open and the indoor animal barn will also be open.

Address: Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ

More about Rand Farm


Rushmoor Country Park will not be reopening this year


Springfields Adventureland

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Admission is by online booking only. They will have enhanced cleaning routines. Social distancing measures will be in place plus handwashing stations and more.

What is or isn’t Open – All outdoor play areas will be reopening. Take-away food is available.

Address: Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincoln PE12 6EU

More about Adventureland


Tattershall Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They have made the decision to not require people to pre-book. Hopefully, if this is the wrong decision they will adapt. They will be encouraging people to use hand sanitiser throughout their visit.

What is or isn’t Open – All outdoor play areas and all animal areas woll be open. All indoor areas will be closed including the soft play and cafe. The cafe will be open for take-away.

Address: Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR

More about Tattershall Farm Park


Trolleybus museum remains closed for now


Woodside Wildlife Park

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – To limit visitor numbers, so you can stay safe and have an enjoyable experience, please book your tickets online through their website. All areas of the park will be regularly sanitised throughout the day to ensure a clean environment. They will be encouraging visitors to use the hand sanitisers provided around the park and more.

What is or isn’t Open – There is no information on what will or won’t be open or running. Any updates appreciated thank you.

Address: Newball, Lincoln LN3 5DQ

More about Woodside Wildlife park


NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Clumber Park

When do they Open? – The grounds at Clumber park have already reopened

Safety Measures – They are selling a limited number of tickets, you must pre-book a time slot in advance. You are only allowed in the toilets one household at a time.

What is or isn’t Open – The grounds are open again. They are also open for take-away drink and limited food.

The Chapel, Woodland Play Area, Cycle Hub & Retail are closed for now.

Address: Worksop S80 3AZ


Creswell Crags

When are they opening? – They are reopening on the 1st August

Safety Measures – I can’t see any information on their website

What will or won’t be open – This will be the start of a phased reopening: their outdoor spaces and car park will be open. The cafe will be available for food and drink to take away or eat indoors. The museum will also be open for ticketed entry. Cave tours will not be available immediately. Please see the website and social media for further updates, as they are available.

Address: Crags Rd, Creswell, Worksop S80 3LH, Nottinghamshire

More about Creswell Crags


Ferry Farm Park – They have made the decision not to reopen this year


Floralands Farm Park

When do they Open? – They have already reopened

Safety Measures – Advance booking is advised to secure your place. They are open for two sessions a day. Due to cleaning and disinfecting procedures which must take place, the farm will be closed from 12.30pm to 1.30pm for this to be carried out safely and effectively. Your admission will be valid for either the morning or the afternoon session, but not both.

What is or isn’t Open – The farm is open again to walk around. They have not as yet announced the reopening of their play area or animal handling sessions.

Address: 169 Catfoot Ln, Lambley, Nottingham NG4 4QG


Robin Hoods Wheelgate

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Visitor numbers capped each day, via the online booking of all tickets ongoing. Pay contactlessly if asked. There will be extra hygiene and cleaning measures throughout the site. High touch contact points sanitised more frequently. Socially distanced queue lines. Temperature checks in place for team members and visitors to the Theme Park, prior to entry.

What is or isn’t Open – The farm park, outdoor attractions and rides will be open.

Indoor play areas, water park, falconry Centre and carousel remain closed.

Address: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HX

More about Wheelgate


Sundown Adventureland

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They will be reopening with greatly reduced numbers and adjust accordingly. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. They are asking visitors to pay contactless wherever possible. There will be additional hand sanitising stations throughout the park. They will also be cleaning surfaces throughout the park even more regularly than normal. 

What is or isn’t Open – Outdoor rides and play areas will be open. There will be food and drink available.

Address: Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX

More about Sundown Adventureland


White Post Farm

When do they Open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Bookings must be made online in advance so that they can restrict numbers. This will be in the form of time slots. There will be one-way routes around the far,.

What is or isn’t Open – I’m struggling to find any information if anyone can report back that would be greatly appreciated thank you.

Address: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL

More about White Post Farm


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