Redwings Horse Sanctuary has set dates for the reopening of its two Norfolk visitor centres and they are looking forward to welcoming visitors once more.
Redwings Aylsham and Redwings Caldecott, near Great Yarmouth, have been closed due to the lockdown since March but Caldecott will be reopening on Monday and Aylsham will open its gates on Sunday, August 8.
Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the reopening of our two centres in Norfolk. Having to close our doors to visitors, while the right thing to do at the time, significantly impacted our ability to fundraise – a devastating blow for a charity that is 100pc funded by donations from the public.
“To ensure the safety of both staff and visitors, and to make sure we’re adhering to the latest government advice, new measures have been put in place and access to some visitor facilities will remain limited for the time being. Our centres, however, still provide a valuable outdoor space to enjoy time with the whole family and offer a great chance to see Redwings’ work in action – as well as our beautiful rescued residents of course – so we’re very excited to able to offer this opportunity again.
“Thank you to everyone for your incredible support and kind wishes over these very challenging months. We, and our four-legged friends, can’t wait to welcome you back!”
The new measures being put in place at the centres include:
Opening hours will be on Saturdays and Sundays only, between 10.30am and 3pm.
Visitors must book a time slot to ensure the number of people at the centres remains at a safe level at all times.
Entry remains free but donations would be welcome towards the care of Redwings’ rescued residents.
There will be one-way routes around the centres to help visitors maintain social distancing.
Cafes and play areas will remain closed for now, while there will be phased access to the gift shops and a takeaway drinks and snacks service introduced over the coming weeks.
Visitors are encouraged to visit www.redwings.org.uk for the latest news on the available facilities before travelling.
For anyone not able to visit the charity’s Norfolk centres, there are still plenty of ways people can show their support, including donating to Redwings’ coronavirus appeal or sponsoring one of its Adoption Star horses and donkeys.
To support Redwings, call 01508 481000 or visit www.redwings.org.uk/donating.