coronavirus parks playgrounds

As lockdown continues to ease, we’ve done another update on what local parks and attractions are open in the local area and details of any new restrictions. It’s great that we can finally get out and about a bit more!

Now that we’re allowed to meet up with people from other households and even have a picnic, these spaces have also become all the more appealing. It goes without saying that everyone is being asked to follow government advice to keep washing hands and maintain social distancing, but we are lucky that we can still enjoy a lot of these wonderful sites. Masks are required to be worn in indoor areas in line with government guidance.

This update doesn’t include all the council maintained green spaces, where playgrounds and cafes are now allowed to reopen.

We will do our best to update as and when anything changes. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

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CORONAVIRUS: LAST UPDATE 4TH SEPTEMBER 2020.

Bushy Park:

Visitors must continue to practice social distancing and follow the government’s latest advice. Most Royal Parks playgrounds are now open – please bring hand sanitiser and use it before and after you have touched any surfaces in the playgrounds. The toilet facilities are now open. Many catering outlets are now open with social distancing measures in place, offering takeaway and some external seating. There is no internal seating, Car parks are open, with the Pheasantry car park being accessed from the north side of the park and the Diana Fountain car park from the south (no through traffic). Dogs must be kept under control at all times.

Chiswick House:

You can visit to spend time outdoors and exercise as often as you wish but must follow social distancing guidelines. Use all areas of the gardens and spread out. If an area is crowded, do not enter if you cannot stay at a safe distance from others. Public gatherings of more than six people from different households are prohibited. The Café and toilets are now open from 8.00am-5.00pm. When the gardens are busier, please walk dogs on leads to allow the maximum room for everyone to exercise. Be aware that garden benches are not sanitised.

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick W4 2RP.

Ham House:

The gardens, toilets and cafe at Ham House are now open, but you must book to visit. Booking is online and tickets go on sale (free for members) every Friday for the following week. Tickets must be booked by 3.00pm the day before you plan to visit. There is limited availability to ensure everyone can adhere to social distancing to maintain the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. To help keep everyone safe, they’ve made some changes so your visit will be different from what you’re used to. There are new routes so please follow any signs or guidance from staff. The cafe is serving a limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks. The house and shop remain closed. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Ham House, Ham Street, Ham TW10 7RS.

Hampton Court Palace:

The Palace, Magic Garden and gardens are now open but the maze remains closed. They will be offering you a very warm welcome as always, but have some new ways of doing things. For example, there will be fewer people at the palace at any one time and they’re paying extra attention to hygiene. All visitors will also have to book a start time, with new time slots released every week on a Monday. Toilet facilities are available, and the Tiltyard Cafe and Wilderness Kiosk are now open, along with the shop.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU.

Kew Gardens:

The gardens are now open, giving you a chance to enjoy the magnificent gardens during these difficult times. To limit and monitor the number of visitors, there is a pre-booked entry time slot system, and everyone will need to book a time slot in advance. The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, Royal Palaces, Badger Set and Treetop Walkway remain closed. The Land Train is not running. Yoilets, shops and some outdoor food facilities are open and screened regularly. Assistance dogs only.

Kew Gardens, Kew TW9 3AE.

London Museum Of Water & Steam:

The outdoor areas including garde and Splash Zone are open Thursday – Saturday until 26th September. The car park area is open to pedestrians only – there is no car parking available. This is because the Museum has made the space family friendly by adding picnic space, family activities and scooters. There are no toilet or cafe facilities. Entry is free. As a small, independent museum who relies on income from its visitors, the closure has hit them hard. Any donations would be gratefully received to help them maintain their historical buildings and collection..

London Wetland Centre:

Now open, but please note that everyone needs to book their visit in advance. Bookings open every Wednesday morning at 9.00am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit. Please keep two metres apart from other people. There is limited access to indoor areas. Some hides are open with the doors and windows propped open so you don’t have to touch them. Play areas arena open but Wildwalk remains closed. Some paths are one-way to help you keep a safe distance from other households and some areas are closed where people might naturally gather. Some (but not all) toilets are open. There is a takeaway service from the Courtyard Cafe from 10.00am-3.00pm and the shop is open 9.30am-4.30pm). Assistance dogs only.

WWT London, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT.

Osterley Park & House:

The gardens, estate, car park and toilets at Osterley are now open, but you must book to visit. The play trail is closed. Booking is online and tickets go on sale (free for members) every Friday for the following week. Tickets must be booked by 3.00pm the day before you plan to visit. There is limited availability to ensure everyone can adhere to social distancing to maintain the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. To help keep everyone safe, they’ve made some changes so your visit will be different. There are new routes so please follow any signs or guidance from staff. The Stable Café and Tea Terrace are open 10.00am-4.00pm with takeaway options only. The house and shop remain closed. Dogs on leads are welcome on the estate but not in the formal gardens.

Osterley, Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB (sat nav TW7 4RD).

Richmond Park:

Visitors must continue to practice social distancing and follow the government’s latest advice. Most Royal Parks playgrounds are now open (Kingston Gate playground remains closed) – please bring hand sanitiser and use it before and after you have touched any surfaces in the playgrounds. Toilet facilities are now open. Many catering outlets are now open with social distancing measures in place, offering takeaway and some external seating. There is no internal seating, Car parks are open, but with restrictions to through traffic, which varies depending on whether it is a week day or weekend  (full details can be found on the fact sheet here).. Cycling is back to normal. Dogs must be kept under control at all times.

Strawberry Hill House & Garden:

Strawberry Hill House is now open, but tickets must be booked in advance. There are time slots to help stagger numbers entering the House and ensure that social distancing can be maintained.The Cafe is open with external seating only, and the Shop is also now open. The beautiful garden is open daily free of charge. They hope this offers a place of well being and respite at this time, whilst observing social distancing measures.

Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST.

Syon Park & House:

The house remains closed but the gardens and Great Conservatory are open Wednesday – Sunday. Tickets must be booked in advanced and are in hourly timeslots. They will be operating a one-way route around the gardens, going through the Great Conservatory. Birdie’s Kitchen is now also open where the exit of the old garden centre was, offering a selection of empanadas, salads, paninis and freshly made cakes. You are also welcome to picnic in the gardens beyond the Great Conservatory (please take your rubbish home). The shop remains closed and only assistance dogs are admitted.

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford TW8 8JF. (If driving use the entrance on Park Road, Iselworth TW7 6AZ.)

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