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Attractions reopening across the UK as lockdown eases

With lockdown in the process of easing across the UK, many attractions are reopening. As most of us gear up for staycations this summer, it is useful to know what’s on in the area you are visiting as well as your local area. I’ve put together a roundup post to pull together loads of information. Instead of turning this into one huge list, I’m linking to blog posts, articles and websites where you can find local information. For ease, I’ve divided it up into England, Scotland and Wales and then alphabetically by county within England. There is a table of contents below to jump to the section you are looking for.

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1 Attractions reopening in England this summer

Attractions reopening in England this summer

England’s lockdown has eased the most widely and the most quickly so lots of places are starting to reopen. Sadly, some places are not yet ready to open or may not reopen at all. However, these posts detail the attractions that are either open already or gearing up to open soon.

What’s open in Bedfordshire?

For a great list of of things to do outdoors in Bedfordshire this summer, visit Flying With a Baby. She gives information about each attraction as well as its website link and opening date.

Attractions opening in Berkshire

As well as family days out, Muddy Stilettos provides a list of all sorts of venues that are now open in Berkshire. Pubs, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers all get a name check, as well as links to their websites so you can get the most up to date information.

Summer 2020 in Bristol

There is a small list of places now open or soon to be reopening in Bristol on the Visit Bristol website, including a mention of toilet facilities. However, it is a very short list and they advise checking particular places individually before travelling.

Children stood next to SS Great Britain
The SS Great Britain in Bristol reopens on 18th July

Visiting Buckinghamshire in 2020

A good list of attractions has been produced by Visit Buckinghamshire. You can see which attractions are fully open and which remain closed at present but offer online content instead. There is also some information about social distancing measures at attractions that are reopening.

Cambridgeshire after lockdown

So far, I’ve completely failed to find a list of attractions reopening in Cambridgeshire. The only thing I can suggest is checking this days out guide and clicking through to each individual attraction to see whether they’re open. I will update this post as soon as I find an alternative.

What’s happening in Cheshire this summer?

There is a great list of attractions reopening in East Cheshire produced by East Cheshire Mumbler. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything similar for the rest of Cheshire. However, there is a comprehensive list of attractions on the Visit Cheshire website so you can click through to check directly with individual attractions. Just scroll down past the bit at the top telling you everything is closed – it’s out of date!

Things to do in Cornwall summer 2020

There is a great list of attractions that are open in Cornwall over on Flying With a Baby. Each listing has some information about opening dates and times and a link to their website.

Gorran Haven beach
Goran Haven Beach in Cornwall

What’s open in Cumbria this summer?

In Cumbria, the best list of attractions and Covid-19 guidance is provided by the Lake District National Park. There’s a link at the top of the page allowing you to check car parks and toilets. Additionally, scroll down further for places to visit and attractions. From there it is wise to check with each individual attraction to see whether they are open.

Reopening in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is covered by the extensive guide to what’s reopening around the East Midlands produced by Our Bucket List Lives. They look at when each place opens and any restrictions around the opening, including which parts will be closed. Additionally, Peak District Kids has a great list of things to do this summer that has been updated with what’s open and social distancing measures that are in place.

Devon attractions open in July and August

For a comprehensive list of what’s on in Devon this summer, check out Devon With Kids. Their post covers various categories of places to visit along with whether it is open and a note if you need to book.

view of Dartmouth castle from Feather Down glamping
View of Dartmouth Castle in Devon

What’s going on in Dorset this Summer

The best option for finding out what’s going on in Dorset this summer is to head to the Visit Dorset website. Click through to a particular section and it tells you the latest updates from each attraction, including whether it is opening and whether booking is required.

What’s on in Durham summer 2020

Durham is included in the excellent guide to what’s on in the North East this summer written by North East Family Fun. The guide is divided up by category rather than area and covers the whole of the North East. It includes website links so you can check the latest information.

Attractions open in Sussex this summer

There is a brief list of attractions open in Sussex on Muddy Stilettos. Additionally, the Beautiful South tourist website have a list of days out. This doesn’t mention whether they are open but it has links to individual websites so you can check whether each one has reopened.

What’s open in Essex right now?

To find out what’s open in Essex, head to the Visit Essex website. The site is divided into categories and you can click through to each one to discover a list of attractions. Many of those have up to date information as to opening arrangements. Website links are also available so you can check directly with the venue.

Days out reopening in Gloucestershire 2020

For family days out in and around Gloucestershire, head to Red Kite Days. They have put together an alphabetical list of family attractions opening in the area along with any restrictions and booking requirements.

An open sided wooden building at Westonbirt Arboretum
An open sided wooden building at Westonbirt Arboretum

What to do in Hampshire

There is a great list of things to do outdoors in Hampshire this summer on Flying With a Baby. Each listing has some information about opening dates and times and a link to their website.

Things to do in Herefordshire summer 2020

Herefordshire is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

Croft Castle in Herefordshire in black and white
Croft Castle in Herefordshire is one of many National Trust properties to reopen

What has reopened in Hertfordshire?

Visit Herts have produced some guidance on staying safe on days out, as well as an alphabetical list of what’s open. Their post includes some guidance on whether pre-booking is essential, the opening date and a link to find further information.

What can families do on the Isle of Wight?

If you are heading to the Isle of Wight this summer, Visit Isle of Wight can help you to find days out. They have some guidance on staying safe and a searchable list of attractions. When you find the place you’re interested in, you can go to the updated information section and they also advise visiting individual websites for full details.

Beaches on the Isle of Wight are ready to welcome back visitors
A beach view on the Isle of Wight

Family adventures in Kent this summer

If you’re looking for a family adventure in Kent, Juggling on Roller Skates have got you covered. The post lets you know when places are opening or whether they are already open. It also tells you what you can do there and what they’ve done to make the place safe. It is still worth checking individual websites for up to date information on things like playgrounds.

Search days out in Lancashire

Visit Lancashire have a searchable resource to let you know what’s going on there this summer. You can check particular attractions or look at their recommendations by category. There’s also a Know Before You Go section for information on how to stay safe whilst visiting.

Leicestershire

Leicestershire is covered by the extensive guide to what’s reopening around the East Midlands produced by Our Bucket List Lives. They look at when each place opens and any restrictions around the opening, including which parts will be closed.

Lincolnshire

Derbyshire is covered by the extensive guide to what’s reopening around the East Midlands produced by Our Bucket List Lives. They look at when each place opens and any restrictions around the opening, including which parts will be closed.

Lincolnshire Wolds Woodall Spa sculpture trail viking ship
A viking ship on a sculpture trail in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Things that are open in London

As you would expect, a vast array of attractions have reopened in London. To see what’s open already and which things are soon to be reopening, head to the extremely comprehensive post put together by Mummy Travels. Everything is categorised, there is some information about what’s happening at each place and it will be regularly updated.

View of the London Eye across the Thames
View across the water to the London Eye

What’s open in Manchester?

Visit Manchester have put together a great list of things that have reopened. It includes shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, tours and events as well as attractions such as days out.

Manchester Cathedral in autumn with leaves in the foreground
Manchester cathedral

When are things reopening in Merseyside?

In their blog, Visit Liverpool list attractions that have reopened and those that will be opening soon. For each one, there is a website link if available and a predicted date of opening.

What’s happening in Norfolk this summer?

There are two great posts about things that are open in Norfolk. Check out Flying With a Baby for a comprehensive list of things open in Norfolk right now. You can also find lots of information on the Norfolk and Suffolk attractions website.

How to find out what’s open in Northamptonshire

I haven’t managed to find a list of attractions that have reopened in Northamptonshire. However, Visit Northamptonshire have a list of attractions in and around the area. From their list, you can click on each venue to find out more about it, then through to their website for up to date coronavirus information.

Find out what’s open in Northumberland Summer 2020

Northumberland is included in the excellent guide to what’s on in the North East this summer written by North East Family Fun. The guide is divided up by category rather than area and covers the whole of the North East. It includes website links so you can check the latest information.

Lindisfarne Holy Island Monastery in Northumberland
A view of the Monastery on Lindisfarne Holy Island

What’s reopening in Nottinghamshire?

Nottinghamshire is covered by the extensive guide to what’s reopening around the East Midlands produced by Our Bucket List Lives. They look at when each place opens and any restrictions around the opening, including which parts will be closed.

Things to do in Oxfordshire

I don’t yet have a roundup post of what has reopened in Oxfordshire. However, I’m hoping to be able to link to one soon and in the meantime, Experience Oxfordshire have a useful list of things to do. You can follow their suggestions or search for the sort of thing you are looking for. Make sure you click through to the individual website to check opening dates and times and to book.

Visiting Rutland this summer

If you’re looking for things to do in Rutland this summer, Discover Rutland have some great suggestions. They also have guidance on when things are open and whether you need to prebook.

Reopening in Shropshire

Shropshire is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

Cart horses at Blists Hill
Sepia photo of two cart horses at Blists Hill Victorian town in Shropshire

Venues open in Somerset

There is a great list of venues that are now open on the Visit Somerset page. It tells you when each one opens but you will still need to check individual websites for booking information and up to date details.

Hoburne Blue Anchor steam train
Blue Anchor steam train in Somerset

Things to do in Staffordshire 2020

Staffordshire is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

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Drayton Manor pirate ship at sunset. The theme park has now reopened for summer 2020

Places to visit in Suffolk Summer 2020

The Norfolk and Suffolk attractions page gives some great suggestions of things to do in the area. It also has information on whether they are open now or opening soon and relevant website links.

Surrey attractions that can’t wait to welcome you back

If you’re in Surrey this summer, there are two great articles that you will find useful. National Trust fans will love this list from PODcast Dove of places to visit. You’ll need to check the individual websites for full information about opening hours and booking. In general, National Trust properties open for booking every Friday for the coming week. Additionally, Visit Surrey have a list of things that are reopening. The post starts with some safety information, you’ll need to scroll down to find the list of attractions.

Family adventures in Sussex

If you’re looking for a family adventure in Sussex, Juggling on Roller Skates have got you covered. The post lets you know when places are opening or whether they are already open. It also tells you what you can do there and what they’ve done to make the place safe. It is still worth checking individual websites for up to date information on things like playgrounds.

Where to go this summer in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear is included in the excellent guide to what’s on in the North East this summer written by North East Family Fun. The guide is divided up by category rather than area and covers the whole of the North East. It includes website links so you can check the latest information.

Recommended family days out in Yorkshire

There are three posts to choose from if you’re looking for family fun in Yorkshire during summer 2020. Flying With a Baby has put together a list of things to do outdoors and Yorkshire Families has lots of suggestions of attractions and venues that are reopening. North Yorkshire is also covered by the North East guide created by North East Family Fun.

Two children on bicycles pedalling away from the camera on an off road trail
Cycling in North Yorkshire

Venues reopening in Warwickshire

Warwickshire is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

Warwick castle viewed across the moat with flowers in foreground
Warwick castle viewed across the moat

What is reopening in the West Midlands (county)?

The West Midlands county is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

Canal at the Black Country Living Museum with two canal boats on and blue sky with white clouds
The canal at the Black Country Living Museum

What’s on in Wiltshire

Whatever activity you are looking for in Wiltshire this summer, Visit Wiltshire have some suggestions. They list things reopening in June and July with links to websites to check for full details and booking information.

Things reopening in Worcestershire

Worcestershire is included in my guide to Things to do in the West Midlands this summer. At the top of the post, you will find links to each county in the West Midlands. Click on the area you want to go to and attractions are listed alphabetically within that. I’ve put a note in my diary to update it every week, so I’m hoping to be able to add more attractions as they are able to reopen.

pond and fountain with Witley Court in background and blue sky
View of Witley Court from the horse fountain in the foreground

Attractions reopening in Scotland this summer

If you are in Scotland this summer, Monkey and Mouse has produced a comprehensive post outlining what’s on in each area. She lists when they open, what you can do there and any restrictions. Website links are included so you can check the latest information and book if required.

Loch Leven in Scotland with hill to the side and blue sky
Loch Leven in Scotland is a great place for wild swimming

Attractions reopening in Wales this summer

Across Wales, large tourist destinations are starting to reopen. Wales Online has a list of the bigger attractions that will be open this summer. Additionally, the Visit Wales website has lots of information on visiting safely. They list key dates in Wales when things can open up and can guide you to some of the smaller attractions and venues that will be reopening soon.

SUMMER 2020 | As things start to reopen following the lockdown, this is a comprehensive post about attractions across the UK that opening in July and August 2020. #familytravel #daysout #uktravel #summer2020 #summerholidays
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2 Comments

  1. July 31, 2020 / 4:53 pm

    Hi Nat, the UK is full of wonderful attractions and countryside fingers crossed that the weather is good so that everyone can have safe and social distanced fun. It is a shame that this damned virus is putting a damper on everything (but it could be worse).

    xx

    • August 3, 2020 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you, I do hope people can still manage to enjoy the summer months. I hope things are ok where you are too and the disruption hasn’t caused you too many problems.
      Nat.x

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