Vehicle Access Scheme and Coach Parties Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. However, the Bradgate Park Trust operates and concessionary scheme for those people who are Blue Badge holders who are unable to visit Bradgate Park on foot. The Bradgate Park Trust allows Blue Badge holders to drive or be driven along the main carriageway through Bradgate Park, during the main visitor season. The Drive Through Scheme operates as follows: Between Thursday 4th April till 31st October 2019. Please note variations in school holidays. Sometimes this will involve short notice decisions based on weather conditions and numbers visiting the Park at half terms - so we always advise to check. This is about operational safety. Times of access: Saturday 10.30am till 12.30pm Thursday 12.00 noon till 5.00pm Seasonal Variations During school summer holidays (mid July through to the end of August, please check if you are unsure in advance) NO THURSDAY DRIVE-THROUGH. The Saturday drive-through operates as normal. The Trust will also make decisions around half terms and other school holidays based on operational decisions influenced by weather and numbers of visitors. We always advise checking. Advance Booking Required For Blue Badge Holders only (and the Holder must be in attendance) Visitors will need to pre-book a time slot in advance (90 minutes time slots) All bookings taken by the Visitors Centre 0116 236 2713 extension 25 between 10.30am and 4pm. If you arrive on the day without booking, admisssion will be at the Park Wardens discretion if capacity allows Mini buses must book in advance and will be charged £10 per visit - Call the Visitor Centre prior to visit to make payment. Tel: 0116 236 2713 Ext 25 Daily 10.30am - 4pm Only Cars are admitted under this scheme and vehicles must display a valid Blue Badge with the Blue Badge holder present in the vehicle. All cars will need to purchase a pay & display ticket prior to entry in the Drive Through to help cover the costs of running the Scheme and having a dedicated team member on duty at the Newtown Linford entrance. Park Wardens will advise you on arrival. Vehicles must enter and leave the Park by the Newtown Linford entrance and drive along the main carriageway. There is no parking or access to the Ruins. Parking is available at the Deer Barn Tearoom/Visitor Centre/Toilets in the centre of Park (10 cars). Parking is not permitted on or alongside the carriageway in the Park, except when visiting Memorial Wood (2 cars). When driving through groups of pedestrians, cars must be driven at walking pace. When the road is clear an absolute maximum speed limit of 10 m.p.h. must be observed. Pedestrians must be given precedence at all times. Telephone Enquiries and Bookings of Access via the Visitor Centre : Leicester (0116) 236 2713 Ext 25 Coach Parties Arriving by Coach - IMPORTANT INFORMATION You may be aware that our Newtown Linford entrance to Bradgate Park operates an 'entrance' and 'exit' system for all vehicles using the car park. With immediate effect coaches will no longer be able to leave the car park vis the exit route but will have to turn and exit via the entrance. In order that we can continue to accommodate coaches and operate a safe environment for ALL of our visitors, it will be necessary for all coaches/minibuses etc to PRIOR advise the Estate Office of your visit. This will then allow us time to arrange to have staff meet the coach to assist with their exit of the park. PLEASE NOTE: If we are not aware of your visit regrettably we will have no alternative but to turn you away from Newtown Linford and re direct you to Hunts Hill car park [Old John]. Coach Drive Through - Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. A special exception can usually be made available, to enable a coach carrying a group of disabled or elderly people, to drive along the carriageway through the centre of Bradgate Park. This is only available during April – October (inclusive) on any weekday morning or afternoon (except when the Drive Through Scheme is in operation), subject to making prior written arrangements with the Estate Office. Coach visits within the Park cannot be accommodated at weekends or Bank Holiday periods. Note: Only Mini-Coaches, Ambulances for the Disabled or Coaches (up to 52 seater) are permitted. Continental-type or double-decker Coaches are not permitted, (due to height restrictions under the trees along the carriageway and width of gateways). Charge: Mini Coach – £45.00 (inclusive of VAT) Coach – £65.00(inclusive of VAT) Ambulance for the Disabled – £35.00(inclusive of VAT) To enquire about Booking a Coach Trip, telephone the Bradgate Park Estate Office 0116 2362713 ext 22 Vehicles seen in the Park during other times are normally staff and volunteers attending the Deer Barns (where our Tearoom, Visitor Centre and offices are based); rangers and wardens undertaking daily duties and deliveries across the 1,300 acre Estate; people attending meetings at the Deer Barn (where we have a meeting room for hire) and the two families that live on site. As the facilities are open from 7.45am through to dusk and volunteering opportunities are seven days a week, vehicles can be moving throughout the day. The Trust do try to limit vehicle movements.