Many of the Midlands’ most well-known attractions have fallen silent for the last three months, but as restrictions lift many are now opening their doors. If you’ve walked every local route more times than you care to think, here are a few ideas for attractions that are or soon will be open to visitors (from close by to Worcester to up to an hour’s drive) – they are going to need public support in the coming weeks.
Spetchley Park Gardens, near Worcester – now open, with new social distancing measures and less facilities; card payments only.
Croome Court, near Pershore – The parkland at Croome is now open, but tickets must be booked in advance and entry is timed. Tickets are released every Friday.
Malvern Hills – the Malvern Hills are accessible and the car parks are open, though there is new guidance and pay machines in the car parks are card payment by phone only.
Clive’s Fruit Farm, Upton-upon-Severn – pick your own raspberries and strawberries! Restrictions include a maximum number of people in the field at one time, three people per household, a one-way system, no eating the fruit on the way round and no dogs. The farm may have to close the pick your own fields at short notice, due to demand and the weather, however the website and social media will be updated, so you are advised to check beforehand.
Witley Court and Gardens, Droitwich – Plans are to open the attraction in early July. There will be limits on visitor numbers and booking is required. Tickets will be available in mid-June.
Hanbury Hall, Droitwich – The parkland and gardens (excluding the walled garden) is now open, but tickets must booked in advance and entry is timed. Tickets are released every Friday.
West Midlands Safari Park, Kidderminster – The Park is partially back open but for Safari drive-thru only as a temporary measure. Booking is essential.
Brockhampton, near Bromyard – The grounds, estate, car park and toilets are open, but you’ll need to book tickets before you visit. Tickets are released every Friday.
Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Ledbury – parts of the Castle grounds are now open to visitors on selected days throughout June and July, with changes in place. Tickets are limited and only available online. The Castle remains closed.
Coughton Court, Alcester – The parkland and gardens (excluding the walled garden) are now open but you need to book tickets before you visit. Tickets are released every Friday.
Cotswold Lavender fields, Broadway – The lavender fields will open daily from June 22 – July 26 (possibly later if the lavender keeps flowering). This year it will be a totally outdoor experience. All of the benches will be placed out in the fields and visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics. Card payments only.
Croft Castle and Parkland, Leominster – The gardens, parkland, car park and toilets are open but you need to book tickets before you visit. Tickets are released every Friday.
Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye – opens early July, but with limits on visitor numbers. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Warwick Castle – Grounds and Garden are now open. Tickets must be pre-booked; visitors are required to do a temperature check. “As part of a phased reopening, we expect to resume operations for the full Castle on 4th July 2020 with a number of activities and experiences open.”
Kenilworth Castle – now open to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. There are limits on visitor numbers.
Dudley Zoo – The zoo is open, but not all usual activities are on offer. Visits must be pre-booked in advance.
If you know of any other exciting venues we’ve missed that are now open, or imminently open, do let us know and we’ll share the information in future Updates. Email email@example.com.