The great Yorkshire reopening has begun April 12, 2021

Roche Abbey Middleham Castle Outdoor visitor attractions across Yorkshire were able to reopen from Monday April 12.

Outdoor areas at places like Yorkshire's Castles and Abbeys can be visited, although indoor areas will stay closed for the time being and advance bookings will need to be made at many places. Gardens at many locations have already been opened from March 29, but shops and outdoor cafe areas will now add to the appeal of some attractions.

Theme parks are reopening Campsites can again open their gates The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway returns to steam from Saturday Queues formed at this store in Huddersfield as clothes stores were allowed to reopen on April 12 The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, has moved its gates while it has been closed. The park, previously entered from Warning Tongue Lane, now has a new entrance from April 12 at Hurst Lane, Auckley. Flamingoland, the theme park and zoo at Kirby Misperton is also opening its gates, while Lightwater Valley theme park, at North Stainley, near Ripon, opens later in the week, on April 17.

Yorkshire's heritage railways are also back in action, with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire announcing a return to steam from Saturday April 17.

Cafes and pubs, which can still be found in many villages across Yorkshire, make a very welcome return with table service in their outdoor seating areas and beer gardens. Restaurants may also open for outdoor service.

Shops that have been deemed by the Government to be non-essential through the winter, including clothing shops and electronic goods stores, are also able to open their doors, if they are among the survivors of the pandemic restrictions. Hairdressers and nail salons have also been able to open their doors from April 12. Gyms can reopen for individual or household exercise.

Shops and outdoor cafe areas are open again Self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England within your household or support bubble. Campsites are also reopening, but may be without some of the usual facilities at present.

While some freedoms are returning, and new cases of Covid-19 have recently fallen, it has not gone away and caution is still needed to keep yourself and others safe. The Government continues to advise that you should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions such as wearing face coverings if you cannot stay 2 metres apart. A rule on gatherings of either up to six or two households still applies.

We recommend you check the website of visitor attractions you plan to visit to check their planned opening times and ticket arrangements. You will find links to many of them in the pages of

Further detail about the Government's latest changes can be found at the GOV.UK website Coronavirus webpages:  GOV.UK - Coronavirus

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