VISITOR ADVICE

Please note the Bradgate Park Trust Office, Tearooms, Shop, Visitor Centre, Memorial Wood and all car parks and toilets are closed until further notice.

Events until the end of May postponed.

Rights of Way that cross the Estate allow pedestrian access on these routes only. The Bridleway in Swithland Wood and Rights of Way are open for access on these only. The rest of the Estate is closed. This includes the permissive horse riding route on Bradgate Park. Rangers are on-site caring for the deer and heritage landscape. Dogs on lead zones and restricted public access areas still apply.

Statement Trust Interim Director 3rd April

A message from the Interim Director of the Trust, Steve Palethorpe
"As Director of the Trust, I want to reassure all visitors and supporters (local and across the Globe) that we are working hard to maintain the Park and Swithland Wood with our reduced team. The Estate is closed to help us protect our staff and visitors in the Nation’s actions to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The Government’s guidelines are not to travel to exercise or walk pets. It is to use local parks and to comply with social distancing guidance. Only essential travel is allowed and the local Police have been patrolling and enforcing this locally. Please help play a part and help us as the Charity that looks after the sites you clearly care for."

22nd MARCH 

Statement from the Chairman of the Bradgate Park Trust, Nick Rushton

Earlier this week we closed our Tearooms and Visitor Centre, but wanted to keep Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood open to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors. Unfortunately, Park was so full of visitors yesterday that social distancing was not being observed. With Mother’s Day today, and the likelihood of improving weather, it is foreseeable that maintaining social distancing will become an even greater challenge.

Both Swithland Wood and Bradgate Park are closed, as are car parks, toilets, indoor facilities and Memorial Wood. This is until further notice.

I have been in contact with the City Mayor and we have agreed to close Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. We had wanted to support the health and wellbeing of local residents during these unprecedented times, but people's safety is my priority. Put simply, if there are too many people in the Park, it's impossible to keep to the government's social distancing advice.

We will continue to review the situation.

This is to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus and will be reviewed subject to daily briefings and advice from the Government. Please support us as the Charity that cares for these nationally important areas.

Estate Office Closure (24th March)

Following the latest Government guidelines, The Trust Estate Office is now closed until further notice.
We are unable to take phone calls. If you need to contact the Trust, please email [email protected] or go to the contact us section of this website to complete an online submission.
Please note:

If you are booked on a walk, talk or event that has been postponed our Visitor Experience team will be contacting you with further details.

If your enquiry relates to a car park season ticket our Admin team will be issuing further information when we are able.

Regarding Memorial Wood bespoke Bronze Oak Leaves: We have been advised the Foundry has had to shut until further notice, so there will be an unavoidable delay on leaves.

Thank you for all of the messages of support in this challenging time for the Charity.


The Estate (SORRY WE HAD TO CLOSE 22nd MARCH)

Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood, and toilets and car parks will remain open (sorry now closed)  to allow people access to enjoy open space, if appropriate, during the pandemic, while adhering to the government’s social distancing guidance.

Car parking charges apply. Car park machines are being sanitised throughout the day by our Team. 

The Bradgate Park Trust is a charity and relies on its income from car parks to sustain the provision of open access to its publicly accessibly land at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood.

For those visiting more than a couple of times a month, it is worth considering a season ticket which covers all five car parks. Six month options are available. 

All guided walks and indoor talks (up to the end of May) will be postponed and those booked on contacted.

All volunteering opportunities will also be cancelled until the end of May subject to review.

We ask all visitors to follow NHS guidance on hand washing when using welfare facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading this infection.

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.
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/

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

Staying Active while maintaining Social distancing


EVENT UPDATE

Please note all events until the end of May are postponed. We will be contacting those already booked on to offer alternative dates where we can. We are a small team and will be working via date order.

Some events are run with support of our expert volunteers, who have decided they are entering the advised 12 week social distancing due to personal circumstance and can not support events in May. We will again be contacting people on these events.

We have cancelled both the May Emergency Services Day and Wildlife Wise Weekend which have large attendances following the advice for mass gatherings.

We will not be opening Old John Tower or Ruins as advised in our events leaflet and website in April and the free Daily Tours will have a delayed launch, subject to Government advice.

Please be patient as we have a large Spring Events programme, but we will be in contact as soon as we can by email or phone.

We have appreciated the generosity of those who have contacted us and have offered help by not requesting a refund for tickets already 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.


Message from The Director and  Nicholas Rushton on Behalf of the Trust

Dear all

No doubt you will have seen or read about the Prime Minister’s announcements last night on Coronavirus. What was set out clearly requires a considerable change in what is required of the Trust as well as individuals. However, in light of government advice, the Bradgate Park Trust has announced they will be closing their Tearooms, Visitor Centre and shop by this Friday March 20. This is to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus and will be reviewed subject to daily briefings and advice from the Government.

The Trust will keep Bradgate Park, toilets and car parks open, as well as the car parks at Swithland Wood to allow people access to enjoy open space, if appropriate, during the pandemic, while adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidance.

All guided walks and indoor talks will be postponed and those booked on contacted. All volunteering opportunities will also be cancelled until the end of April, subject to ongoing review

Chairman of the Trust Nicholas Rushton on behalf of the Trustees said, “While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people will want to spend times outdoors and will work hard to keep our Estate open for visitors. We appreciate the indoor closures and event postponements will cause our visitors and supporters disappointment, but we all need to play our part in keeping the nation safe in a fast changing environment."

"Looking to the future, there may be times when we are forced to close the Park or areas of the Park according to government advice, or if staffing and operational issues require this and we will aim to communicate any changes through our Facebook page."

I hope you find this information helpful and there will, of course, be further messages circulated in the coming days.


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