With the current government recommendations allowing unlimited outside exercise and for any distance from your home within England as long as you continue to social distance and don’t stay overnight, the Crich Tramway Village have announced that their outside spaces, including the popular Woodland Walk, will be open to the public on a limited basis on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May.
It should be noted that there will be no trams running and all inside exhibition areas will remain closed along with all catering and toilet facilities so this is very much a case of the outside areas being available for people who want to go for a walk between 1100 and 1500 with the only connection to trams being its location.
In releasing the news the Crich Tramway Village have said this is “for our loyal visitors and supporters” and that the opening would be as a trial. The areas open will be the Bandstand, Woodland Walk, Derwent View, Labyrinth and Wakebridge with marshals on hand to help out on the day. Everyone visiting should remember to observe social distancing measures of at least 2 metres apart from people not in your household. Numbers allowed entry will also be limited and so if visiting you may be asked to wait until others have left.
No charge will be made for visiting the grounds but donations will be welcome either in the donations box in the Admissions entrance or on the website at http://www.tramway.co.uk/contact/make-a-donation (selecting General Donations). At the current time when the main revenue stream of visitors has been cut off from the museum any donations will be gratefully received – whether you chose to visit the museum grounds or not!
This is only a trial and some may remain uncomfortable with visiting, even if it is adhering to current government guidelines, but at the moment with no visitor income coming into the museum even small steps like this with the request for donations if people do visit could go some way to helping the museum get through the COVID-19 crisis.