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Hooray, outdoor play areas are opening!

With the news that outdoor play areas are opening, I hear parents breathe a sigh of relief! Wow, how difficult it has felt to entertain our kids in our gardens without anywhere to visit. So some great play areas are now open:

Rutland Water - fabulous to walk and cycle around. Great for a picnic, and there's an ice-cream van too!

Sacrewell farm - from Saturday 4th July - Initially they're only opening at weekends, with soft play closed but it has farm attractions. You'll need to pre-book, and there are limited visitor numbers available for either a morning or an afternoon session.

Image: Sacrewell cleaning facilities for kids as they go around the farm.

The General manager of Sacrewell, Lee Scowen, said:

We are really looking forward to welcoming families back onto the site. We’ve risk-assessed all possible outcomes in order for us to be able to reopen on the weekend of July 4th, in line with advice from the Government and have been working hard behind the scenes to think of fun and creative ways that our visitors can still enjoy a wonderful few hours at Sacrewell Farm.

“In order to do so, we will be capping the number of people on-site at any one time, cleaning thoroughly between sessions and utilising the beautiful outdoor spaces that we have here to create the award-winning experiences that our visitors are used to.”

Burghley house

Beautiful Burghley house gardens are open daily but must be pre-booked. The Parkland remains open daily 7 am to 6 pm.

Westlodge Rural Centre

Westlodge has reopened their walks, nature trails and parkland. They have also opened some areas of the farm where you can view many of their lovely animals. They have a 500 acre site with miles of walks and nature trails. Booking online is required so that they can manage visitor numbers.

Rutland Farm Park

Rutland Farm Park is the lovely small 18-acre working farm in the centre of Oakham, Rutland. It will be opening the 7th July but as with most centres, it may be wise to contact beforehand.

Ferry Meadows

The parks are open for everyone to walk around and enjoy. The pay and play facilities are open, as well as the cafe with take away offers and social distancing.

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