Sewerby Hall and Gardens will start its phased reopening this coming Saturday (20 June). In the first phase, the zoo, the gardens, the café, the shop, and the toilets will reopen seven days a week. The house remains closed until Saturday, 4 July subject to government guidance. The opening hours for all the reopened facilities will be 10am to 4pm.The facilities which will be reopening this Saturday are:
Clock Tower Cafe – takeaway menu only
Gardens including the Walled Gardens
Ice Cream parlour
The Welcome Centre
In order to guarantee access, all customers should book in advance online before their visit, at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk However, Annual Pass holders can access the site without having to book in advance, although they will have to join the queues on arrival.
Staff at Sewerby Hall and Gardens have been working very hard during the closure period to ensure that visitors will have a safe and enjoyable experience, but of course some things will be different. For example, there will be new entrances to the zoo, and visitors should follow the new signs. There will also be socially distanced queueing systems in place in the zoo, the shop, the café, and in the toilets, and customers will see perspex screens in the shop and the café to protect both themselves and the staff.
With 50 acres of gardens, visitors can spread out across this magnificent setting, bring a picnic or get takeaway items from the café, and perhaps enjoy a woodland walk in the wonderful fresh air.
Subject to government advice, it is hoped to be able to reopen the house itself on 4 July, and updates will be issued about this nearer the time.
Visitors can also download two free apps to add extra enjoyment to their trip : ‘Love Exploring’ offers a variety of games and trails, including a Fairy Quiz, a Dinosaur Safari, and Sewerby Statues. The app can be downloaded at https://sewerbyhall.co.uk/outdoor-walks/
In addition, East Riding Archives have created a new, free app that turns smartphones or tablets into virtual ‘time machines’. ‘What Was Here?’ uses historical photos from the archives, plotted onto a Google Maps base map, to show users literally ‘what was here’ at their location and elsewhere across the East Yorkshire region.
The app features heritage trails that guide users to various points of interest, where they can use their device’s camera to overlay the featured historic image on top of the modern scene and get a feel for how it looked in the past. One such heritage trail is currently part of the Sewerby Hall and Gardens visitor experience.
The facilities which will be remaining closed for now are:
The play area, putting green, golf course, and giant games Worklink
All events are cancelled until at least 6 September.We would like to thank our Annual Pass holders for your patience during this difficult time. You can claim back the lost weeks on your Annual Pass.