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Didcot Railway Centre

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
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CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

15 June 2020

Didcot Railway Centre has announced it is to re-open to visitors from Saturday 4 July. The 21-acre open air site is implementing a series of measures to allow visitors to be welcomed safely, including limiting numbers and requiring tickets to be booked in advance for specific arrival times.

Initially, Open-Air Discovery Days will run on weekends and Wednesdays to allow visitors to explore the extensive outside spaces at the living museum with special outdoor displays and photo opportunities including historic steam engines, goods trains and a locomotive on the turntable.

The Centre's iconic Engine Shed dating from 1932 will also be available to visitors wishing to get close the collection of preserved locomotives and even climb onto the footplate of Hall Class engine No. 5900 "Hinderton Hall". Chief Executive, Emma Jhita said, "The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is paramount and we adapted our site to allow us to re-open and provide the reassurance that visitors need.

"There are one-way systems for the locomotive cab visit and through the carriage and wagon display area; socially-distanced waiting areas for some of the facilities such as the museum, toilets and gift shop; while our catering offer will restart as a take-away offer." she added.

Social distancing considerations mean that the a small number of indoor facilities where space is very confined (such as the original air-raid shelter) will remain closed initially but visitors will be able to see the towering coal stage; a carriage that was once in the Great Western Railway's Royal Train; surviving track from Brunel's broad gauge railway; beautiful, recreated stations; more than 20 preserved locomotives; dozens of wagons – many design for specific types of goods; and many other exhibits that represent almost 200 years of railway history.

Head of Visitor Experience, Graham Hukins said "Re-opening will be gradual, safe and in line with government guidance but there is plenty to discover and we're making use of the whole 21-acre site to ensure there is plenty of room for visitors to relax and enjoy a gentle stroll as they explore.

"Tickets for the Open-Air Discovery Days will also be valid for a second visit on one of our popular Steam Days when it is possible to resume running trains and re-open further facilities. Following almost four months of enforced closure, we expect these days to be popular." he added.

 

Further information about the Centre can be found at www.DidcotRailwayCente.org.uk

 

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Upton House and Gardens

      
Banbury Oxfordshire England
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A made to measure home

 


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Kelmscott Manor

         
Lechdale Gloucestershire England
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The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.

 


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Stonor House & Park

      
Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
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Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. 


 The warm brick facade and Georgian windows conceal medieval buildings dating back to the 12th Century, inside are many original architectural features including the 14th Century Catholic chapel and 12th Century medieval hall which today is the Pantry serving delicious snacks and light lunches. Visitors can view family portraits, old master paintings, artefacts and collections from around the world. Including a small exhibition celebrating the life and work of St Edmund Campion who sought refuge at Stonor during the reformation.

Nestled in a Chiltern valley with stunning views of the fallow deer park full of wild life including buzzards and red kites, visitors can walk through to the 17th Century gardens and terraces and view fountains flowing into the lily ponds.

The latest edition to Stonor is Wonder Woods a stunning adventure play park for our younger visitors.

Stonor Park is host to many exciting events throughout the year from vintage fairs, food festivals to a magnificent fair and house decorated for the festive season.

For more information please contact
enquiries@stonor.com
www.stonor.com

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Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre

      
Hook Norton Oxfordshire England
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Our brewery tours allow our visitors to experience first hand the sights, sounds and smells of brewing beer the Hooky way. Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine , learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers . After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's into our Barm Cellar bar for a beer tasting.

 

We run our brewery tours 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 11.00am and 2.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.30pm Sunday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm
Cost: £15.00 per person PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving.

 

 

EVENING TOURS
Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs

 

BREWERY TOUR INFORMATION
Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both. Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: vc@hooky.co.uk  to discuss your requirements.

 

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