With the tentative announcement from Downing Street on Monday, we’ve got reasons to be hopeful at Walton Hall and Gardens. We know that the governments 4-step plan is a provisional one and open to change should the national situation change. However, the official program to ease the country out of restrictions does give rise to optimism. Spring is coming… 

Step one

Step one begins on 29 March. And it looks like we can start to meet in groups of six people again (the rule of 6 returns). So, if the spring weather is kind Walton Hall and Gardens could be the perfect venue to catch up – perhaps with a picnic…

Very excitingly, at this time, we’ll also be opening our outdoor golf. We’ll take advice from Golf England before reopening to ensure everything is absolutely in line with government guidance. At the same time, we’ll reopen our adventure games hut – time to challenge the kids to a game of adventure golf? Absolutely. Relevant covid measures will remain for your safety until we move through the government’s step by step plan.

At this point, we can also begin to host weddings again with six persons present.

Step two

Step two, according to the current plan, will be no earlier than 12 April. From this date, we’ll be able to welcome you back to the Children’s Zoo – and what a time to come and visit. Perfect timing for the pitter-patter of little feet. 

From this date, the government will be looking to relax the restrictions on wedding guests, with 15 guests allowed from 12 April. 

Step three

Step three will be no later than 17 May, and if all goes to plan, will see the government continue to ease limits on seeing friends and family. At this point, they will allow people to decide on the appropriate level of risk, which means the government will lift most legal restrictions on meeting outdoors. Good news if we’re enjoying a May heatwave (not unlikely!). At this point, we may start planning some outdoor events for later on in the summer – a David Walliams play is not out of the question.

As part of this step, the government also proposes raising the limit on wedding guests from 15 to 30. 

Step four

Finally, step four, which will commence no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to remove all social distancing limits. Should all go to plan, we can expect a summer with events returning to Walton Hall and Gardens – what a way to celebrate!

While we wait for his process to unravel, don’t forget our park is open for visits. Please continue to comply with our covid safety measures, especially when visiting the Children’s Adventure playground. Currently, the Heritage Cafe is open for takeaway from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – the perfect pit-stop during your visit. If you don’t believe us, take a look at their menu

Don’t forget we’re always in the office to handle your enquiries on future wedding ceremonies. If you’re planning something special – take a look at our wedding packages. The future is bright – spring is coming…