Covid-19 Update – Monday 10th May
HorseFest and Our Countryside Rocks! Cancel 2021 events
It is with great regret that the organisers of new events HorseFest (23rd – 25th June) and Our Countryside Rocks! (18th and 19th September) have decided to cancel their events here at Weston due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 Pandemic.
These decisions have not been made lightly and reflect the challenging times experienced by the outdoor events industry over the last 12 months and the considerable investment required for the infrastructure in the run up to these events.
Whilst the roadmap is staying on course there is still uncertainty around being able to run the size of show planned in each case and being unable to insure for Covid related cancellation.
Co-founders of HorseFest Thea Roberts and Heidi Hunter-Cope have assured everyone the event will launch in 2022 with all the plans in place for this innovative new festival.
Heidi continues “The reaction to the HorseFest concept has been phenomenal – we are humbled by the response and excitement people have expressed. Please rest assured we are 100% committed to delivering HorseFest in 2022. Dates are confirmed as the 22nd – 24th July 2022 at Weston Park.”
A spokesperson for Our Countryside Rocks! said “We’ve been doing everything we can to find a solution to the complex challenge of being able to host a Covid safe and well-run event to the sheer scale, intricacy and all-encompassing nature ‘Our Countryside Rocks!’ promised to be this September. Sadly, time is running out for us to be able to proceed in a way that would live up to the size and scale of event we had planned.”
Covid-19 Update – Sunday 28th February
Spring is on its way! Following the update from the Government on Monday we have been digesting the guidance as it has been released this week and we are delighted to say that we will be opening the Park & Gardens from Monday 29th March and in a break from our traditional opening pattern we will remain open daily throughout April and May – adding an additional 40 days into our seasonal opening. To welcome you safely you will need to pre-book your ticket and these will go on sale soon.
We plan to open Al Fresco dining in the Granary Brasserie from Monday 12th April and are just working up the finer detail to open up reservations as soon as we can. Our Domes are classed as indoor spaces and we will open up reservations for these unique dining spaces from Monday 17th May.
Many of you have asked what the Government’s Roadmap means for our events in the Park and we are working with each individual organiser to assess what it means for them – and you – and we will update our Social Media feeds when we have more details.
We will welcome guests back to our Holiday Cottages from Monday 12th April. If you are looking for a change of scenery you can book with confidence with Rural Retreats and enjoy a well-deserved break away in safe and beautiful surroundings.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to Weston again and are looking forward to seeing you all again, however you chose to enjoy this very special place.
Covid-19 Update – Wednesday 10th February
We had been working towards opening the Park and Gardens for the February Half Term, however we hope that the Government update on or around 22nd February will give more definition as to the way forward – for everyone! The Park and Gardens will therefore remain closed for the time being with a view to opening in March.
Thank you for your continued patience and support and we look forward to welcoming you back – sooner rather than later.
Covid-19 Update – Wednesday 6th January 2021
As the National Lockdown comes into law today we wanted to update you on our plans.
The Park and Gardens will remain closed as they would normally be at this time of year.
The Granary Brasserie & Art Gallery will remain closed due to the current lockdown
We are also unable to welcome you to stay on the estate in one of our holiday cottages and if you have a break booked with Rural Retreats before the end of February they will be in touch with your options.
The offices will remain closed and should you have an urgent query please e-mail email@example.com
We are looking to the future and whilst the current situation is very fluid and uncertain we are aiming to open the Park & Gardens for February half term in-line with our established seasonal calendar.
In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to Weston as soon as we are able to.
Covid-19 Update – Friday 18th December
We will miss you!
Following the latest Government update Weston remains under Tier 3 restrictions and sadly we will remain closed.
We would traditionally open the Park and Gardens from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day; whilst outdoor venues can remain open under any Tier it is simply not viable for the charity to open, especially after such a challenging year. We know that you will be disappointed but very much hope that you understand this difficult decision.
We are busy working on exciting plans for what will hopefully be a better and brighter 2021 for everyone.
Whatever you have planned for Christmas, have a safe and happy one and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.
Covid-19 Update – Thursday 26th November
Tier Update: Whilst Weston Park sits across the two counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire our Local Authority is South Staffordshire and we will be under Tier 3 restrictions from 2nd December. We will have to close the estate and our Christmas events will not go ahead as planned.
To say that we are devastated is an understatement. We know that so many of you have been looking forward to visiting us to attend our events in the Park, stay in the House or holiday cottages and enjoy a meal in the Granary. We are bitterly disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome you back when the national lockdown ends on 2nd December.
We understand that you will be disappointed too as so many of you have been looking forward to our events, we are truly sorry but it’s out of our hands.
There will be a review on the 16th December but there is no guarantee that the situation will change. We will of course continue to monitor the situation and Government updates but it is with a very heavy heart that, at the moment, we have decided to close the estate for the rest of the year.
Your incredible support this year has been invaluable to us in helping to fund the charity and keep the teams spirits up during the most challenging of times – thank you.
If you have purchased tickets for our Christmas Food & Craft Fayre and Enchanted Weston you will be automatically refunded by SeeTickets within the next 14 days.
URGENT TICKET UPDATE – 2nd December 2020
We have received a few messages with regards to refunds and can clarify the following from SeeTickets:
If you have purchased refund protection, this will be refunded first followed by the ticket value in the next three to five working days by SeeTickets. As the estate is currently closed please direct all ticketing queries to SeeTickets Customer Services which can be contacted here.
These refunds need to be processed in two batches and we apologise for any confusion or upset caused.
Christmas Dine & Stay + Granary Restaurant
If you have booked to dine in one of our Domes or to stay in the House a member of the team will be in touch in due course.
Our agent Rural Retreats will be contacting everyone who has made a reservation in the early part of December and will review the guidance following the next Tier review.
The team are incredibly busy at this time and we thank you for your patience and support.
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Covid-19 Update Tuesday 3rd November
Following the Government’s recent announcements and guidance updates I wanted to outline what that means for our customers and members of Weston Park.
The Park & Gardens
We have closed, as we would traditionally do in line with our established opening pattern, for November and December and will re-open the estate to visitors and members from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day
Granary Brasserie, Coffee Snug & Art Gallery
Our Granary Brasserie, Coffee Snug and Art Gallery will close in-line with the latest guidance. If you have booked a table on-line you will receive a cancellation. If you have booked one of our Domes for lunch or dinner during until Wednesday 2nd December, a member of the team will have contacted you to outline your options.
Staying with Us
If you have booked to stay in one of our Holiday Cottages, our agent Rural Retreats will be in touch in due course to outline options available to you.
Christmas Dine & Stay
We fully intend to host our Christmas Dine & Stay Programme on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December and will keep you updated.
As the situation currently stands we intend to run our December events in the Park – Christmas Food & Craft Fayre and Enchanted Weston as planned in-line with a return to the Tier system on Wednesday 2nd December. Trade body UK Hospitality are lobbying government for a clear road map out of this second lock down so that we can give you confidence in what to expect for December. Whilst this latest lockdown is unsettling for everyone and creates uncertainty we encourage you to book your tickets to our events with the confidence that should we be unable to proceed you will be refunded.
Your support during the Spring lockdown and over the summer as we gradually re-opened the estate has been invaluable to us, it has given the team much needed optimism and supported the charity by visiting, staying and dining out with us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We will continue to review Government guidance and updates as November unfolds.
Please bear with us as we again navigate our way forward and we very much hope to welcome you safely back to Weston in December.
Take care and stay safe
With best wishes,
CEO, Weston Park Foundation
Covid-19 Update – 10th September 2020
What does the latest Government update mean for visitors to Weston Park?
Rule of Six: From Monday 14th September, it will no longer be legal to meet socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors including hospitality settings such as restaurants and outdoor spaces.
Covid Secure venues such as restaurants and visitor attractions can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.
Weston Park is a Covid secure venue with all the relevant risk assessments and measures in place to welcome you safely to visit the Park, come to a small outdoor event, get married with up to 30 guests in the House or dine in our restaurant. Whilst you are with us we ask that you:
- Pre-book your Park and Gardens tickets on-line and don’t visit in groups larger than six
- Make a reservation in the Granary Brasserie on-line for tables of no more than six
- If you haven’t made a reservation please ensure that you scan the Test and Trace App on your table or complete the form available
- Observe the measures that we have put in place including hand sanitising stations and occupancy limits in our toilets
- Look after each other and observe social distancing and be mindful of others
- Please wear a face covering in our indoor spaces excluding the restaurant
Covid-19 Update – Saturday 16th August 2020
- Our events take place in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland which affords plenty of space and fresh air
- All tickets to our events must be pre-booked on-line in advance to avoid cash handling, reduce queues, ensure social distancing and to support NHS Test & Trace
- All events will operate within a set capacity in-line with Government guidance
- We ask that you adhere to social distancing measures when attending an event with us
- All of our events have been risk assessed and held with the support of the Local Authority
- All of our event partners, suppliers, traders and caterers will be operating under Covid-19 secure guidelines
- In the unlikely event that we need to cancel your tickets will be refunded
Covid-19 Update – Saturday 8th August
Our Granary Art Gallery is now open and welcoming visitors.
Due to the latest update to the legislation regarding face coverings we are asking that visitors to the estate wear a face covering when visiting the Granary Art Gallery, the Stables Takeout and in our Admissions Office.
Covid-19 Update – Saturday 4th July
Following the most recent update from the government our Woodland Adventure Playground and Granary Brasserie are now open. We are also welcoming those that have booked a stay in our Holiday Cottages back to the estate.
Covid-19 Update 5th June 2020
We are delighted to announce that we will be re-opening the Park & Gardens at Weston from Tuesday 16th June 2020.
We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Weston Park. The health and safety of our visitors and staff are of upmost importance as we navigate our way through the ‘new normal.
We have adopted the Visit Safe framework created by Historic Houses to help and reassure you as you come back to visit us.
Areas open to explore include Temple Wood, the wider parkland, Walled Garden and Formal Gardens. A Parkland Walks map will be available at the admissions point highlighting various walking routes where you can get off the beaten track.
Areas closed are the House, the Maze, the Woodland Adventure Playground, the Miniature Railway, Granary Brasserie, Art Gallery
and STUFF! Craft Room
You are more than welcome to bring bikes and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Please click here for more information on our re-opening and how to buy tickets.
We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Covid-19 Update 15th May 2020
Following the latest update from the Government this week we wanted to clarify the position on access to outdoor attractions and destinations. The current update states ‘ticketed outdoor leisure venues must remain closed’ and therefore the estate remains closed.
Should this advice change at any point in the coming weeks we will of course review this and provide updates on our social media channels.
In line with government guidance on non-essential travel and to stay at home it is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce we have closed the estate until further notice.
Weston Park is a place for people to enjoy a wide variety of experiences from celebrating a milestone occasion to having a picnic in the Park and it will be again.
We are a not for profit independent charity and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity of spirit and messages of support in these rapidly moving and challenging times.
Take care, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to Weston soon.
With best wishes
CEO, Weston Park Foundation
Due to the fact that we are unable to open we are offering all Annual Pass members an extension of their membership to December 2021 should you wish to renew when times are better.
Please find to follow the current status of our events:
Spring Fling – 24th and 25th May – Postponed
Historic Rally Festival – 7th June – New Date – 25th October
International Model Air Show – 19th – 21st June – New Date – 17th and 18th October
We are in regular contact with our event organisers who are planning shows here in the summer with a view to taking stock on daily developments and government advice. Please take a look at our website for updates here
If you have booked a holiday to stay with us on the estate within the next three weeks please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance including a telephone number so we can call you back.
We will be updating our social media channels on a regular basis so please do check in with us on Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch
Whilst we are trying to update business listings on Facebook, Google and Trip Advisor for example, these changes are not taking effect as quickly as we would like due to the volume of demand from similar businesses. If listings state we are open – we are not – and please do not travel to us.