Nottinghamshire country parks are officially good to go

Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey and Holme Pierrepont Country Parks are looking forward to welcoming visitors after receiving the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard mark from VisitEngland.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 2:51 pm

Although the parks have remained open during the crisis, the award reflects the changes that have been made at each of the parks, including social distancing measures and staff training, to comply with Government guidance.

More facilities are now open at Rufford but facilities at Sherwood Forest remain closed at present ahead of a phased reopening over the next two weeks.Coun John Cottee, chairman of communities and place committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s great news that everyone will be able to enjoy our country parks this summer and be confident that they can do so safely.

“Our partners are to be congratulated for the extra measures that they have put in place and I hope the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark offers reassurance to our residents and visitors planning a fun day out in Nottinghamshire.”Justin Palfrey, assistant regional director at Parkwood Leisure, Rufford Abbey Country Park said: “Our popular adventure play area will once again be open for children of all ages to enjoy.

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More facilities are set to re-open at Rufford Abbey country park

The play area will be operating a one way in and out system, with restrictions enforced on numbers who can enter to ensure social distancing can be adhered to at busy times.

“We will also be opening extra take away catering outlets across the park.

“Our car parking capacity though, is still limited and would highly recommend pre booking online before you visit.”

Gemma Howarth, RSPB senior site manager at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, said; “Currently, only our car parks are open, with limited capacity to ensure everyone's safety.

“We are working on a phased reopening of our facilities and hope to share more details in the next two weeks.

“Until then, please be aware our toilets, shop, cafe and play area remain closed.”