Two North Yorkshire National Park Centres open doors for the first time in more than 14 weeks

It’s back to business for Sutton Bank National Park Centre and The Moors National Park Centre as they look to open their doors for the first time since a national lockdown was put in place.

By Sue Wilkinson
Friday, 3rd July 2020, 12:30 pm
National Park Centres open doors
National Park Centres open doors

The two centres, run by the North York Moors National Park Authority, offer a perfect starting point to explore the North York Moors, with plenty of walks, cycle routes and other opportunities to enjoy the countryside safely.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre is already welcoming visitors back and The Moors National Park Centre will be open from 8 July, including its wonderful Inspired by… gallery. All have changed their opening times to 10am – 3pm daily initially, including all car parks and toilets.

Chris Pye, manager at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, said: “We are so pleased to welcome visitors back. Nature and access to the countryside is vital for wellbeing and never has this been more relevant. Despite many of our events, guided walks and other activities remaining cancelled until 31 August, there are still plenty of things to do and ways to enjoy the natural world with your family, social bubble or on your own.”

This includes brand new family trails at each National Park Centre, stunning art exhibitions and plenty of fun educational activities for children.

Both National Park Centres have taken measures to help aid social distancing and have also received VisitEngland's 'We're Good To Go' kitemark, an accreditation that shows all facilities are following the latest Government and industry Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Rita Rudsdale, manager at The Moors National Park Centre, said: “We know these measures and restrictions will have an impact on your visit, but please be kind and considerate to our amazing staff who are looking after the site to keep it safe for you.”

The two Park Life Cafés, one at each National Park centre, are currently open operating a limited takeaway service with plans to open fully soon. Sutton Bank Bikes will also be open from Monday July 6.

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