Norfolk’s Pensthorpe Natural Park has announced it is reopening to the public from Wednesday, July 1.

The tourist venue near Fakenham has been closed since March because of coronavirus but is reopening exclusively for members from Wednesday June 24 to Sunday June 28, inclusive. After that, it is open to the public but with restricted times.

However, various activities will not be running and the outdoor and indoor play areas, WildRootz and Hootz House will remain closed.

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Visitors will need to pre-book tickets and arrive for a scheduled time slot although can stay for an unlimited amount of time. Numbers entering the park will be limited and regular activities such as the daily bird feed talk will not take place.

The stamp trail and pond dipping will also not be running although a treasure hunt trail will be available and a new wildlife trail from July.

Hides will be open but people need to adhere to social distancing.

Owner Deb Jordan, who runs Pensthorpe with husband Bill, said they had asked members what they missed most. “Missing the wildlife, bird watching, gardens, enjoying the beautiful landscape and the woodland and lakeside walks were top of everyone’s list.

“We know that all these things are so vital to people’s wellbeing, particularly now more than ever. Precious family time and making memories together in the great outdoors, reconnecting with nature, were also reasons why our visitors enjoy coming to Pensthorpe regularly.

“We are very excited to welcome visitors back. The wildlife and gardens have been thriving during lockdown. Our Milllennium Garden is benefiting from the recent rain, as it is starting to flourish and come into its full glory. We also have a new family trail and nature treasure hunts coming at the beginning of July.”

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