24th Oct, 2020

Avoncroft Museum opens its grounds today for the first time since March

Tristan Harris 22nd Jul, 2020 Updated: 22nd Jul, 2020

AVONCROFT Museum officially opens its grounds to visitors at 10.30am today for the first time since March.

The popular open-air museum was forced to shut because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s restrictions.

The Tollhouse from Little Malvern, Worcestershire. s

Bosses and volunteers have worked hard over the past few weeks putting Covid-19 measures in place to make it as safe as possible for visitors.

To begin with it will open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and those wanting to go will need to log onto its website and book tickets online, as they have to do with many other attractions.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only deprived people of the opportunity to visit England’s first open-air museum, but has also shattered their finances with no tickets being sold and popular events having to be cancelled.

Nick Sturgess, acting deputy director, said, “We can’t wait to have visitors return to Avoncroft, we’ve really missed seeing people enjoy our grounds and buildings.

“From the messages of support we have received, we know many people are keen to visit too.

“However, we’ve not rushed into this and have developed a comprehensive re-opening plan to ensure our guests feel safe on-site.”

The Windmill from Danzey Green, Warwickshire. s

Among the changes introduced are perspex screens in the shop, a one-way system around the site and advanced booking online.

Once things are up and running, the museums hope to be able to quickly re-open the tea room for takeaway drinks and snacks as well as some of the larger historic buildings.

“Then we’ll look at phasing even more back in.

“Our main priority though is to keep you safe whilst still providing a great visitor experience,” added Mr Sturgess.

Visitors to the venue will also be requested to wear face masks in the shop, but these will not be required when exploring the grounds.

The 19-acre museum has a collection of more than 30 historic buildings from across the Midlands and is also home to the National Collection of Telephone Kiosks.

Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk or email collections@avoncroft.org.uk to book tickets and get more information.

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