VISITOR ADVICE:

The Estate and Car Parks are open. 

Please note the Visitor Centre has not re-opened and remain closed until further notice. The Deer Barn and Conservatory Tearooms are offering a limited Take Away service, with reduced opening hours. Welfare facilities are open (limited capacity). Our primary focus will continue to be to maintain the welfare of visitors, staff and our neighbours.

We ask people review how busy the sites are and consider coming another day if needed if car parks are full. Please be considerate to neighbours if car parks are full and do not park dangerously on surrounding roads.

People are welcome to visit as part of their daily exercise, but we are asking that social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, staying two metres (6 feet) apart from others. People should also adhere to all guidance about gatherings. Respecting that many people are still working, if you are able to visit in the quieter times of weekdays, rather than weekends, please consider this.

Subject to ongoing review and assessment:-

Car parks will be opened daily by 8.30am. Pay and Display applies. Visitors are asked to wear gloves when using the machines and to follow the systems in place to ensure social distancing. The only machine that takes contactless card payment is at Newtown Linford, near the bridge to the Conservatory Tearoom. At Hallgates, the nearest machine to the toilet block takes card payment. All other machines take coins (£3 in week at Bradgate Park, £4 weekends, Swithland Wood £1 for 3 hours; £2 all day). Machines will be sanitised throughout the day by staff,  but we ask that you follow Government hygiene recommendations - using gloves/wipes for shared surfaces e.g ticket machines and regularly sanitising hands. Please follow the one-way systems on site to ensure social distancing. Car parking capacity is monitored by on-site Rangers and Wardens. Gates will close when the availability is reached.  We aim to close by dusk and signs advise of closing times on site. 

Toilet blocks are open by 10am. In each block just one cubicle will be opened and only one person should be entering at one time to ensure social distancing. Please follow signage on site, social distancing and hygiene guidance.

Please help us by being responsible for your litter. Take your litter home, it costs the charity over £100 a day to dispose of it. Help us by not dropping litter that could harm the deer.

Please help us in these challenging times:
  • Follow all advisory signage and guidance.
  • If you are able to, visit away from the main carriage way.
  • If visiting along the carriage way, keep left as advised.
  • Supervise any younger visitors.
  • Keep dogs on a lead in the Lower Park.
  • No drones or powered model aircraft are allowed on site
  • No bbqs or fires on site
  • No over night stays on site
  • Keep 30m distance from the deer. 
Cyclist should maintain reduced speed, give way to pedestrians (ensuring 2m distance) and respect that this is a permissive right on the carriage way only. This is essential with the current social distancing controls on the carriageway. No off carriage way mountain biking is allowed at Bradgate Park.
Please note the Drive Through Scheme is currently unavailable and we are not able to open Old John or the Ruins for visits or offer the Daily Tours.

Deer Barn Tearoom open 10am-4pm Daily

Conservatory Tearoom and Shop open Monday-Friday 11am – 3pm  Sat/Sun 10am – 4pm

The Deer Barn and Conservatory Tearooms have reopened with a reduced range of pre-packed food and drinks, all in disposable containers.  The menu may alter due to availability of items.

We will be using the two doors on the outer-side of Deer Barn complex, one to place orders, the other to pick up orders. 

At the Conservatory Tearoom please follow all signage for placing orders.

Please follow the 2m (6 foot) spacings marked and additional signage around social distancing.

If you can please pay by card, but we will accept cash.  Please dispose of waste in bins provided. 

Please do not move picnic tables and ensure only 1 household per table. 

Car Park Season Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: Please note that once you purchase your season ticket it isn’t valid until it is on display in your vehicle, if you are planning to visit the park before you are in receipt of your permit you will need to pay & display.

Our Estate Office is open part time. We will issue reminders going forward as applicable in the usual way - but season tickets can be renewed via our dedicated season ticket web page. We post new tickets and renewals as soon as we can. 

We would like to thank every customer who has chosen to renew their season tickets. We have appreciated that a number of people have utilised our website to renew both 6 month and year-long permits. This is a commitment to the Charity that is appreciated. www.bradgatepark.org/car-park-season-tickets

ALL Permits will automatically be extended by 8 weeks on renewal unless you advise us otherwise. We appreciate that some visitors will wish to further support the Charity by not wanting the extra 2 months as a form of donation in support of the Charity, if this is the case please advise the Estate Office of this.

The Trust would like to thank everyone that supports the car park Season Ticket scheme – it is very much appreciated by the Charity and we hope that you will continue to support the Trust in this way.

Event Tickets

Events until the end of September postponed, or cancelled. 

With the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone all events until the end of September. The August outdoor theatre performances of Treasure Island, our Proms and Acoustic Folk Music Picnic  are postponed to 2021. September and October indoor Deer Barn Talks are cancelled, along with some September events run in partnership with other organisations and our Walks.

If you were booked on these, please check your email inbox for a message on options.
Please be aware our Estate Office is only open part-time Monday to Wednesday and the Visitor Centre remains closed and we are doing our best to answer and resolve any queries or refunds.

We have appreciated the generosity of those who have contacted us and have offered help by not requesting a refund for tickets booked. This is a much appreciated donation to help sustain the Charity and our work to care for Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood in the coming months.

Venison Sales

Following a lot of requests, we are taking venison orders over the phone via our Estate Office. Please call 0116 2362713 ex 22 between 9 and 3 and  the Team will advise what is available; take payment over the phone and  arrange collection details with you, generally from the Tearooms when open. Orders can be placed Monday to Wednesday.

Venison is also available for purchase at both Tearooms which are open 7 days a week.

Guidance To Schools Regarding Visits to the Park during the Pandemic 

Any proposed visits must be advised to the Bradgate Park Estate Office and can only take place once agreement is confirmed. Please note advance notice should be  given at least 4 weeks of the visit and the Estate Office ([email protected]) is only staffed Monday-Wednesday.

Please be aware the Trust is not able to offer any school support at the moment. We are not providing any Risk Assessments and the school will need to provide a copy of a Covid safe practice Risk Assessment to the Trust Estate Office prior to the visit, which should include information on social distancing within the busy Estate.

Our Visitor Centre is closed.

Tearooms have limited seating with only a takeout service. This is reserved for paying customers and should not be used for rest breaks by visiting groups.

Our toilet blocks only have limited access which includes a strict access policy (one visitor at a time) and social distance queues.

Car parks are also often full as the Park has been extremely busy. Any visiting coaches, even for drop off must be booked in at an agreed time. There is no exit over the exit bridge and coaches will require staff support for safe exit (via the entrance). This will incur a coach parking fee even if not staying as this involves staff support. Outside the Park bays are closed off due to the Pandemic so there is no drop off point in Newtown Linford

If the coach is staying this has a charge. Please liaise with the Estate Office over this.

The Park is extremely, busy especially on the carriage way, which has a one way system that requires social distancing. We will only be permitting one visiting school group at a time. No groups of more than 30 should be visiting the carriage way as the Park is remaining at capacity daily. Our priority is to keep all visitors safe.

Further please note school  should not to enter the stream when visiting. The Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the permission we have to comply with legislation is for school visits  to be led by our staff and we cannot offer that at the moment. No permission is given for stream based activities by schools which are self-leading.

October is the rut and will be busy with photographers. All visits should ensure all children stay more than 30m away from deer .

Please provide  further details of what activities you propose and where you intend to visit on the Park – plus access arrangements via email to [email protected]

 

We will review all daily advice and how it affects the opening of the Estate. 

Thank you for everyone’s support in these challenging times.

Staying Active while maintaining Social distancing


NHS Hand washing procedure

The Government advise says that you can go for walks outside and this is a great way to stay mentally and physically active in these challenging times. Advice states everyone should practice social distancing, so maintain two metres (six foot or approximately 3 paces) away from othersPlease respect this if talking to our team.

Bradgate Park carriage way does get congested, so please respect the distance between yourself and others. If you can explore the grass paths and wider reaches of the Upper Park or less busy Swithland Wood. 

Public Rights of Way information can be viewed on the interactive map on the Leicestershire County Council website 

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/cycling-and-walking/where-to-walk-in-leicestershire

If you are experiencing symptoms you should self-isolate for the required period. Isolation means not leaving your home, at all. Please do not visit. Finally, please practice good hygiene. Bring tissues and follow the Catch it, Bin it; Kill it message. Do not drop tissues to be litter picked by our staff. PLEASE WHEN USING TISSUES ENSURE SAFE DISPOSAL IN OUR BINS ACROSS THE ESTATE.

For the latest information from the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


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