Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford has announced that it will be reopening to visitors on Wednesday 17 June 2020.
The popular attraction, which is home to giraffes, lions, penguins and meerkats, has been closed for nearly three months due to the Coronavirus lockdown, but families looking for a socially distanced Gloucestershire day out will be able to visit again soon.
Managing Director of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Reggie Heyworth, said: ‘This is unexpected but very welcome news. Until 48 hours ago, we were told clearly that the next review date of the closure of zoos was not until Saturday 4 July 2020. It is a major undertaking to prepare the park for reopening after an unprecedented near three-month closure, but we will open again to visitors on Wednesday 17th June at 10am.
‘We are so relieved to be able to look forward again to welcoming visitors. However, our relief is cautious and we would ask all our visitors to show kindness and respect to each other in keeping social spacing during their visit.’
Indoor exhibits including the walk-through lemur enclosure, the train, the shop and the restaurant will all remain closed, however kiosks serving snacks, drinks and ice creams will be open. Visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
Anyone planning on visiting will need to book tickets online by midnight the day before their visit. While season ticket holders have had their tickets automatically extended to make up for the time the park has been closed.
For more information, and to book tickets, visit cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk.