'Welcome back' - National Park Centres open doors for the first time in over 14 weeks
3 July 2020
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.
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 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.”
Park Life Café at Sutton Bank National Park Centre is currently operating a limited takeaway service with plans to reopen Park Life Café at The Moors National Park Centre soon.
Sutton Bank Bikes will also be open from 6 July. Please see their website for more information.
Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available here: northyorkmoors.org.uk
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