Popular beauty spot Trentham Gardens is remaining open to visitors during the third lockdown – to support peoples’ wellbeing.
The estate – including shopping village and garden centre – are also open, though some non-essential retailers will be offering click and collect only.
National lockdown government guidelines deem garden centres an essential retailer, with hospitality businesses allowed to offer takeaway food and drink.
A spokesperson for Trentham Estate said: “Now more than ever, The Trentham Estate plays a really important role in providing access to fresh, outdoors space supporting wellbeing and mental health. We are therefore pleased to continue to offer our community a safe antidote during this really difficult time.
“We are pleased to have achieved the ‘Good To Go’ Visit England accreditation and have in place comprehensive safety measures which we constantly review.
“We are pleased to remain open for your enjoyment, however the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local communities remains our priority.
“We urge people to follow the Government Guidelines on the current restrictions applicable.”
Entry to the Gardens
Since lockdown one, Trentham Estate have implemented a numbered queuing system and time slot entry to monitor capacity within the gardens.
Ticket holders will have an hour window to enter, but can stay as long as they like once inside. The Estate initially advised a two hour stay, but have since relaxed this after new safety measures.
Guests are reminded to follow social distancing rules both in the queue and in the gardens, leaving two metres between other households.
The gardens are open 10am to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm, but members can enter from 8.30am.
Face coverings should be worn inside the visitor centre and when speaking to staff at the entrance to the garden. Staff will also be wearing masks.
What is closed in the gardens?
Visitors will not be able to access the Barefoot Walk, Maze, viewing platform, bird hides, boat and train – as staff are unable to enforce the two metre distancing rule.
A one-way, clockwise system is still in operation around the mile-long lake and exits only via the bridge by the garden centre.
Toilets are only accessible at the Café and Tearooms at each end of the Lakeside Walk.
Trentham Estate has reminded visitors to not go to the gardens if they develop symptoms of Covid-19, and ask people to scan in with the NHS Covid-19 app.
A spokesperson said: “You will notice that we have added QR codes to the garden entry. We ask that you scan a QR code when you arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app which is downloadable for both Apple and Android devices. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus.
“This is a recommended measure by the government but not compulsory. If you don’t have the app or relevant technology to download it then our staff will be collecting information, if required, as you enter.
“QR codes will also be present in all the cafes and restaurants onsite and staff will ask you to scan these before taking your seats.”
Under the latest lockdown, people should not be leaving their home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, or risk being fined.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
Essential activities – you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.You should maintain social distancing. See exercising and meeting other people.
You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
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You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
with the people you live with
with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
or, when on your own, with one person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
the grounds of a heritage site
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close