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The Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J ParkerThe Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J Parker

Welcome back!

We are delighted that following recent changes in government guidance we are able to reopen The Moors National Park Centre and Inspired by... gallery on Wednesday 8 July.

Know before you go

There are still certain restrictions in place – and things might change again at any time – so please read the following before you visit and follow any instructions you see on site.

All the measures we are taking are designed to keep you safe.

Please do bear with us as we get used to new ways of working, and we hope you enjoy your time with us!

Please don’t visit if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

What to expect from your visit

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks, visors, disposable gloves and eye protection.
  • We have increased cleaning regimes across the Centre and grounds, and have installed hygiene screens at our Reception Desk. Hand sanitisers are available to use around the Centre.
  • Please be mindful of others’ heath at all times – the hygiene and cleaning routines help us keep you safe.
  • Where required, we have markers on the ground to help you maintain a safe distance.
  • Please follow one-way routes where indicated and do not enter through exit doors.
  • There are new capacity limits for our indoor facilities, with signage indicating maximum numbers in the shop, gallery and exhibition. These restrictions ensure there is plenty of room for social distancing.
  • Barriers will be in place, particularly in queuing areas such as the entrance to our shop. Staff may monitor the queues at busy times to ensure that social distancing is being maintained.
  • Please make payments using a ‘contactless’ bank card, rather than cash, whenever possible.

What will be open?

To start with, the National Park Centre and gallery will be operating on reduced hours (daily 10am – 3pm).

We have restricted access to some activities and facilities to ensure that social distancing is suitably maintained. Our upstairs games, soft-play area and climbing wall remain closed at this time.

In line with the rest of the National Park Centre, the Inspired by… gallery has a one-way system in place with markers to indicate the route. Art will be installed to allow social distancing between each piece. An area within the gallery has been created where enquiries and collection can take place. Art packaging will be cleaned on arrival and hand sanitiser is available.

The outdoor adventure playground is open. Please wash everyone’s hands thoroughly after use and avoid touching your face. Supervise your children carefully – help them have fun while keeping their social distance.

Access to Crow Wood is also available. Follow the woodland trail and hunt down the secretive woodlings. Please be aware the bird hide may only be open at certain times.

The car park ticket machines take cash only but are cleaned on a regular basis. If you prefer to pay by contactless card, please pay for your parking at Reception in the Centre.

Our toilets are open but are operating at a reduced capacity and on reduced hours (daily 10am–3pm).

Dog policy

Dogs are not allowed in the Centre buildings or in Crow Wood, except for assistance dogs.

Crow Wood, a small woodland area, is used for children's activities such as den building and plant identification where children are likely to be in close contact with the ground and professional advice given to us is that we should avoid the potential for contamination with domestic animals.

Park Life Café

Park Life Café is currently closed but will be reopening soon. We will update when we have further details. Please follow any procedures they have in place to keep everyone safe.

We’re all in this together!

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.

You can read our full COVID-19 risk assessment which will be updated as things change.

If you have any questions or concerns, please just ask. We want you to stay safe and have a great time here at The Moors National Park Centre!

These measures will remain under constant review

If you’re thinking of visiting the North York Moors, please follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly #RespectProtectEnjoy


Frequently asked questions regarding events

Our events, guided walks and other activities that were planned to take place here have been cancelled/postponed until 31 August 2020.

As many have booked onto such activities, we are committed to providing a reliable service to offer our support. Therefore, for anyone who has made a booking for any of our events until 31 August via Eventbrite, you will receive an automatic refund.

Will I get a refund if I have booked an activity at The Moors National Park Centre or Inspired by... gallery?

Yes. For those who have booked events via Eventbrite you will receive an automatic refund. If you have booked via any other means i.e. made a booking at the Centre, please email inspiredbygallery@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Will my child still be attending a school trip at The Moors National Park Centre?

No. All planned school trips will be cancelled until further notice.

I have further questions, can I contact someone to find out more?

Yes. Please send a direct message to us on Facebook and we will do our best to help. If you wish to get more information regarding a booking or an event, please contact inspiredbygallery@northyorkmoors.org.uk.

What if I have purchased an item from 'A First Glimpse' or 'Until the Stars Come Out' exhibition which was due to be collected on 24 March?

Please contact inspiredbygallery@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Accessibility

Full accessibility description available here.