Up for a Warwickshire staycation or socially-distanced day trip?
Discover what's on your doorstep... Here are many of the local attractions you can visit from July 4.
Fancy a change of scene after being at home for the past umpteen weeks – a glamping trip or a mini staycation perhaps? Tourist attractions and hospitality businesses across the region have responded quickly in getting ready to open their doors from July 4, with social distancing measures in place.
Why not draw up a list of places and scenic spots you haven’t been to across the county and set out to explore them over the summer, supporting local tourism at the same time. Here’s some of our fab local attractions opening this weekend and soon after:
Warwick’s historic Hill Close Gardens re-opened on Wed July 1 welcoming back visitors just in time for the gardens’ finest flowering season.
Awarded a Gold medal in Warwick in Bloom 2019, the restored collection of Victorian pleasure gardens capture the planting and personality of their original Victorian owners. Initially they will open on weekdays between 11am and 3.30pm. (£4.50 on the gate, while members access the gardens for free).
To celebrate the gardens’ reopening, anyone who signs up for membership in July, will receive 18-months’ membership for the price of one year (£16 individual, £24 joint, and £30 family). The complimentary extension will run throughout the rest of this and next year until January 1 2022.
Social distancing measures in place include a one-way route through the Victorian plots, sanitising stations, and card-only payments. The majority of the garden plots will be accessible to visitors, but inside spaces such as Lammas Room, tearoom and glasshouse will remain closed.
The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, is reopening on Sat 4 July.
This popular family-friendly car museum has received its ‘Good to Go’ industry standard mark from VisitEngland and is looking forward to welcoming people back through its doors. As part of a phased reopening plan the Museum will be open initially from Sat 4 July to Mon 6 July, and then from Fri to Mon in subsequent weeks. Visitors will be limited so anyone planning to visit, including annual pass holders, will need to book in advance via the website and chose a timed arrival slot.
Coventry Transport Museum – Opening on Mon, July 20.
Along with the Coventry Archives and Tourist Information Centre is reopening on Mon, Aug 3.
Open for public worship from Sun July 5 and visitors. It is in fact two buildings – the ruins of the ‘old Cathedral’ destroyed by enemy air attack in the Second World War and the ‘new’ Cathedral – itself an inspiration to many artists in the post-war era. The architect, Sir Basil Spence, commissioned work from Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Ralph Beyer, John Hutton, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink and others.
Distillery shop is back open now, standard hours Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, and Sun 10am-4pm and the distillery tours and gin school will re-start on Sat, July 18. All tours and experiences have to be pre-booked for capacity purposes.
Will reopen to season ticket holders only on July 4 and 5, and then welcoming back visitors from Mon, July 6. New daily capacity limits will be in place to ensure social distancing. In lockdown a team of workers stayed behind to look after the butterflies, birds, fish, plants, and other animals as well as maintaining the tropical conditions in which they live. Advance tickets available on 01789 299288 or by filling out the online enquiry form.
Avon Boating, Stratford-upon-Avon
From Sat, July 4 there’ll be a limited number of boats and experiences.
Compton Verney – The house and galleries will be open from Tuesday, July 7.
With its Garden Centre and more than 20 specialist independent shops, the village has been open seven days a week since Fri June 19 and Hatton Adventure World is open every Fri, Sat, and Sun. Social distancing markers, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, till screens and contactless payments are all in place.
LOOKING FOR A WARWICKSHIRE STAYCATION?
Castle and Knight’s Village opening from Sat, July 4.
Wootton Park Wootton Wawen, nr Henley-in-Arden
The Pod Park is reopening on July 4. If you’re fancying a change of scenery or feel in need of a staycation discover the peace and quiet of this stunning rural setting. The pods are naturally spaced apart and you can check-in by phone. Choices include a TreePod, Aquarius or a MegaPod.
The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
Will reopen on Friday, July 17 with offers on for room bookings which can be found here
Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, Leamington Spa
Will reopen on Friday, July 17 and offers can be found here.
Hilltop Hideaways, Hunningham, nr Leamington Spa
this scenic family-run glamping site in the Warwickshire countryside is taking bookings from July 3 allowing greater distancing between each bell tent, cabin and shepherd hut and extra social distancing protocols.
White Hall Farm B&B, Long Itchington
A perfect B&B bolthole for a couple in a 15th century Grade II listed farmhouse, on a working farm in the village of Long Itchington, near Leamington Spa.
This gorgeously restored Tudor property with a one bedroom luxe apartment offers flexible B&B stays. Bookings now being taken.
Ettie’s Field, Atherstone
This boho glamping ground where you can rent an Airstream or bring your own is accepting bookings from Aug 6.
Ardencote, Claverdon, Warwick – bookings for Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at this 4-star hotel are being taken for July 4 onwards. Also open is the 18 Hole Golf Course, golf driving nets, 3 all-weather tennis courts, outdoor table tennis, croquet, running & walking Routes. You can also enquire about exercise classes on the lawn and personal training classes. But at this time the spa and leisure club remain temporarily closed.
Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon
is reopening on Sat, July 4 and the Woodsman Restaurant will reopen on Wed, July 8.
The hotel and restaurants reopen on Sat July 11
Hotel du Vin Stratford – Will reopen from Saturday, July 4