How we’re adapting
Britain is finding new ways to welcome you. Here are just a few of the ways our tourism and hospitality businesses are adapting to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors. We’ll be keeping this page updated with news from across the UK tourism industry so check back for the latest examples of how we’re getting ready to welcome visitors back.
Take a look at how London Heathrow Airport is preparing to welcome visitors back
Rockliffe Hall Darlington, Durham– this five star luxury golf and spa hotel has created a number of in-room and distanced experiences to welcome back their guests. With Champagne and Cocktail trolley service bringing the bar to guests, wine and dine ‘al fresco’ on the sunny patios and terraces or the option of ordering a picnic hamper to take on a leisurely stroll of the estate. Rockliffe Hall has also created a ‘Spa in a Box’ skin care kit complete with a guided video on how to perform a treatment yourself in the comfort of your five-star bedroom. For those who like to get outdoors the hotel will be offering complimentary bike hire for all guests along with tennis and croquet on the lawn.
Original HutsBodiam, East Sussex family-ran farm have opened two additional fields to allow ample space for social distancing camping. Offering Toilet Packages and a pop-up toilet tent! To ensure every camper gets the chance to enjoy the delicious local and on site farm, sourced produce they will provide food hampers to include a selection of local craft beers, ciders and wines too!
The Eden Project in Cornwall has partially reopened its 30-acre outdoor gardens with miles of scenic routes to explore and it won’t be long before we can visit the huge Biomes which house stunning plants in the largest rainforest in captivity. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.
Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, have re-opened to members and those with pre-booked tickets. Meander along the flowing weir and meadows of the Capability Brown designed Trentham Lake. Take the Fairy Trail and discover the fairies that live in the magical woodland and gardens.
Hever Castle, Kent – The gardens at Hever Castle are home to an ever-changing display of wonderful plants and shrubs throughout the seasons, with the rhododendrons, azaleas and roses blossoming, providing a kaleidoscope of colour and wonderfully perfumed aromas this month The lake walk and boating alongside some takeaway options are also open. Entry tickets must be pre-booked.
Warwick Castle has opened the grounds and gardens with plans to reopen the castle and other activities from 4 July. The Peacock Garden is blooming a rainbow of summer florals and topiary to a backdrop of the grand fountain and over 20 roaming peacocks! Stroll along the rolling lawns of the Pageant Field, along the River Avon and see what nature you can spot as you explore the wooded areas. Witness the beauty of the portcullis of Warwick Castle and marvel at the splendour of the castle’s ancient architecture in the main courtyard and iconic East Front.
National Trust has reopened many of its gardens, parklands and beaches. With over 780 miles of coastline or leisurely strolls across manicured lawns and gardens brimming with vibrant colours and floral scents in over 200 properties, there’s something to please all pleasures.
Reconnect with English Heritage – Beeston Castle and Woodland Gardens in Cheshire; Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in Yorkshire; Old Sarum in Wiltshire, and Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, in Sussex are now open for the public once again. More of their iconic sites are opening at the beginning of July including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge, Whitby Abbey, Dover Castle and Tintagel Castle.
Eating & drinking
Dining Pods at White Hart of Wytham, Oxford – has constructed 10 “dining pods” out of mostly recycled materials. Structures made of wood and plastic sheeting, covered in vine leaves and dotted with fairy lights will make for an ambient experience.
Feasting on a rooftop allotment at Where The Light Gets In, Stockport, Manchester, will take will accommodate their guests on the roof, turning a disused concrete patch into an allotment-like oasis. The space, which already houses their community garden, will have small barn-style buildings for happy diners.
The Anti-Social Club at St Moritz Hotel – Cornwall The new dining concept will consist of 16 private dining rooms, with a maximum of 96 covers. Mixing the elements of private members clubs, private dining rooms, cool beach clubs and summer pop-up restaurants, the Anti-Social Club will feature multiple dining times and measurements to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines
Posh picnics with London’s favourite Petersham Nurseries – If you want a properly premium outdoor lunch, look no further than Instagrammer- fave Petersham Nurseries’ extravagant takeaway food boxes. The extremely bougie café is serving up simple but fancy Italian spreads, perfect for eating on a date.