Pensthorpe Natural Park

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORTH NORFOLK

The coronavirus (COVID-19) position is changing daily and the situation constantly being reviewed. On our blog, we will aim to keep you updated on what is happening with our attractions and venues in north Norfolk.

North Norfolk enjoys a coastline of over 45 miles with Blue Flag and award-winning beaches and has a huge hinterland of beautiful countryside. It is a great place to get fresh air, enjoy the joys of Spring and avoid the crowds. While everyone should do what they can to help fight the spread of coronavirus, it is recognised that the public will still need access to open space and to nature and beauty.

Where open, attractions are taking all necessary health and safety measures to protect the public and following national government advice. Find out more below.

SAFETY MEASURES:

Additional health and safety measures in place following national government advice, to protect the public:

All have additional hand washing / cleaning procedures and facilities in place.
Where possible, many are moving to outside catering, with a focus on picnics and takeaway hatches.
Indoor facilities are closed where appropriate.
Many events have been cancelled or postponed.
Online ticketing might be used in the future, to manage numbers if restrictions on mass gatherings come in to place.
Some attractions might be grounds only.

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND ADVICE

NORTH NORFOLK ATTRACTIONS:

Alby Crafts & Gardens - closed (including the Artisan Cafe). See website.

Amazona Zoo – open with extra measures and precautions. See website.

BeWILDerwood - open with extra measures. If you have prebooked tickets, they can be held so you can visit later in the season instead. See website.

Crab and Lobster Festival - cancelled.

Cromer Pier - all planned events on Cromer Pier and performances in the Pavilion Theatre are postponed until 19 June. Find out more on their website.

Dalegate Market - open. The supermarket is also open and offering a delivery service to older members of the community. The café is setting up a take-away menu. Spring Market on 27-29 March is cancelled. See their website.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden - open. See their website

Pensthorpe Natural Park – open with extra measures. Hootz House open until Saturday. From Saturday winter pricing will apply - £9.95 adults and £8.95 seniors/children (3-16 years). Bird and Wildlife Fair (May 16-17) cancelled. See website.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure – open with extra measures but closing on 20 March 2020. See website.

Fakenham Racecourse – racing cancelled until 1st May. See website.

Holkham Estate – Holkham Hall, Holkham Stories Experience, The Victoria Inn and ropes course closed until 30 April. All events cancelled until 30 April. Cafes, shop, Holkham National Nature Reserve, beach and park – currently remaining open. See website.

Houghton Hall and Gardens - Houghton Hall and the gardens will no longer open on 29 March. The Anish Kapoor Exhibition will remain closed until further notice. More info on their website

Langham Glass - Glassmaking demonstrations still going ahead. Glassmaking experiences temporarily stopped. All half and full day glassmaking courses are postponed until further notice. Vouchers that expire during these times will be extended. More info on their website

North Norfolk Railway – Spring Steam Gala (March 27-29) cancelled and usual train services closed until 3 April.

Pensthorpe Natural Park – open with extra measures. Hootz House open until Saturday 21 March. From Saturday winter pricing will apply - £9.95 adults and £8.95 seniors/children (3-16 years). Bird and Wildlife Fair (May 16-17) cancelled. See website.

Sealife Hunstanton - open. More info on their website.

The Mo, Sheringham Museum - will not open on usual planned seasonal opening date. See their website.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens - open. More info on their website.

Wells & Walsingham Railway - open until Friday 20 March with open carriages and half price travel for those people without transport along the line to enable travel to Wells. See their website.

Wroxham Barns – closed. More info on their website.

Wroxham Miniature Worlds - open. See their website

Pensthorpe

NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES:

The National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafes, restaurants and shops, will close by Friday 20 March.

Where possible, the charity is keeping as many of its gardens and parklands open, free of charge (and no parking costs), alongside coast and countryside, to encourage the nation to enjoy open space if at all possible, while observing social distancing measures.

NATIONAL TRUST'S LATEST STATEMENT

National Trust Sheringham Park

NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST RESERVES:

The NWT nature reserves are open, but visitor centres and hides are closed. All events due to take place in March and April are cancelled. Those who have pre-booked will be offered a refund.

Director of Nature Conservation, Kevin Hart added: “We appreciate that this is a very worrying time for everyone. The majority of nature reserves remain open and we will do all we can to continue providing access for people to Norfolk’s nature and open spaces.”

Updates will be available on Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s website.

NWT Cley Nature Reserve

RSPB RESERVES:

Nature reserves remain open, in line with government guidance. However, the RSPB advises anyone with any symptoms that may relate to COVID-19 - however mild - not to visit a RSPB reserve or event.

RSPB WEBSITE

RSPB Titchwell

THE BROADS NATIONAL PARK:

The waterways and countryside are a valued way to connect with nature and are hugely beneficial for wellbeing during stressful times. The Broads remain open for those that are able to do so safely, in line with Government advice. Broads Authority staff will continue to work hard to care for the Broads and maintain the most important functions. Operations staff and rangers still intend to be out in the Broads, maintaining the waterways and keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Norwich Yacht Station will remain closed but we will endeavour to provide the usual yacht station facilities at Reedham and Great Yarmouth where fast flowing tides can make mooring challenging.

BROADS AUTHORITY INFORMATION

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