Covid -19 Visitor Guide

We are delighted to announce that the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is open until the  October 31st October 2021 (Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, closed on Mondays but open Bank Holiday Mondays).

We are certified as part of the “We’re Good To Go – Visit England Scheme” which certifies that the required actions have been implemented to welcome visitors in line with Government and Public Health Guidelines. This page and our procedures will be constantly updated in accordance with these guidelines.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, and we ask all visitors to follow our Covid safety measures as we adopt a caution and gradual approach from the 19th of July onwards.

Visitors must still pre-purchase tickets online for a specific day in advance. Our calendar booking system allows bookings throughout the 2021 season.

https://www.himalayangarden.com/visitor-information/admissions-tickets/

Season ticket holders may visit at anytime but, must also reserve a place in advance. We are unable to change tickets to a different date for weather related reasons. If you are unable to attend on the specific day booked (due to an emergency or illness) please email info@himalayangarden.com (with your confirmation order number) to arrange to visit on an alternative day.

What to expect when you arrive

  • When you arrive at our Ticket Office, please scan the QR Code on your ticket. The scanner is located on a post opposite the Ticket Office. Once your ticket has been scanned  you will be able to continue into the park and garden. You may give your name or quote your 4 digit confirmation number on arrival, if you do not have the technology to scan or print your ticket.
  • We are encouraging visitors to use our hand-sanitising stations on arrival and departure, and throughout their visit.
  • We kindly ask that visitors continue to wear face masks in the Tearoom and Toilets. 
  • We ask visitors to keep a safe and respectful distance from each other throughout their visit. 

Toilet Facilities

  • Additional Portaloo toilets have been installed in the Car Park.
  • All toilets have returned to the usual single sex format. We kindly ask all visitors using the toilet facilities to wear a mask. The disabled / baby changing toilet remains is a unisex facility.
  • Please keep to the left when accessing and exiting the toilets by the Tearoom.
  • Anti-bacterial soap is available, and we would encourage all visitors to wash their hands before and after.

Refreshments

We have taken the decision to continue operating as a Takeaway until the next announcement on the 16th of August, and we will not have any seated dining inside the Tearoom. This decision has been taken due to the delay to ending quarantine for fully vaccinated contacts of people with Covid. We will therefore continue with our safe and successful takeaway meets outdoor dining style

The Tearoom is open in a takeaway capacity, serving a selection of freshly made sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, delicious cakes, tray bakes, soup, hot and cold food options, platters and snacks to be eaten outside. We ask that masks are worn inside the Tearoom, when ordering your food.

A large outdoor seated area is located in the Buddha Garden, alongside a marquee to allow visitors to enjoy their refreshments in any weather.

Our lovely Horsebox will be open during the weekends (Saturday and Sunday), located in the heart of the garden. Serving tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as freshly prepared sandwiches, delicious Brymor ice cream, snacks and sweet treats, in an open, beautiful space. Tables are located nearby.

The woodland playground 

We will continue to ask visitors to follow our Covid-19 Safety Rules when using the woodland playground, as listed below:

  • Use hand sanitiser before and after use

  • Avoid touching your face / sucking fingers

  • No more than 1 family group on each station at any one time

  • Head clockwise around the playground

  • Always respect social distancing rules

  • No food or drink in the playground area

Cleaning Schedule

Our additional hourly cleaning schedule remain in place, particularly focusing on door handles, toilet areas, surfaces, seating areas etc. The areas used by visitors and staff are regularly fogged with a Pathogen Disinfectant at the end of the day to provide extra protection.

Staff

All staff have been provided with personal protective equipment, and we ask everyone on the team to wash and sanitise their hands often, especially between transactions and to clean their work stations regularly. In the event of a first aid incident on site, our trained first aiders will respond wearing the recommended personal protection equipment and using our Covid Safe First Aid Area.

Monetary Transactions

All purchases made while visiting (refreshments, plant sales and merchandise) must be paid for by card or contactless payment methods. We are not accepting cash.

Accessibility 

Sadly the park is not suitable for wheelchair users, mobility scooters or people with limited mobility. We are continually improving our paths however, the topography of the area dictates that the paths are steep in places, with some paths having a number of steps.

General

Normal terms and conditions apply to all visitors. Dogs must always be kept on a lead. Please do not bring in BBQs, picnics, light fires or use drones.

Please note: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19

We will be reviewing these measures regularly, with changes when we feel it is in the best interest and safety of all concerned. 

 

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