As the five mile rule in Wales has been lifted in West Wales you might be wondering where is actually open to take the kids, so to help we have put together a Handy list
Some families are desperate to get out and about after so many weeks cooped up in our homes shielding from the invisible Coronavirus and understandably some may be happy to wait a little long, but when ever suits you to take the kids out here is a useful list of what is now open in West Wales to save you hunting around the individual websites.
Here is some of the Places you can now visit with your family in West Wales from Monday 6th July 2020
Most of the council parks are all now open, however just remember a lot of the kids play park areas remain closed and not all sites have opened up all the public toilets yet, but you can still enjoy taking the kids along, get some fresh air and stretch your legs at these parks and gardens.
Gnoll Park is open to enjoy all the open space, however the children’s play area and toilets remain closed
Margam Park is open daily from 11am until 4.30pm and there is a limit to only 200 vehicles at a time. The gardens are closed, the kids play area is closed, the toilets are closed and there are no catering facilities.
Singleton Park is open and the toilets have been reopened from 6th July as well
Swansea Botanic Garden will reopen on Monday 20th July and visitors will be greeted with a blaze of summer colour, even though there will be some restrictions in place to keep people safe.
Visitors will be asked to maintain a two-metre distance from anyone not in their extended household, including council staff, in line with current Welsh Government rules.
There will be one toilet available for public use in the Tyr Blodau Centre but other toilets nearby will be closed to help keep public and staff safe.
The Swansea Botanical Gardens will be open from 10am until 4pm every day during the summer, however the indoor venues, the glasshouses will remain closed to the public.
Clyne Gardens are back open however the toilets remain closed here at the minute
Aberglasney Gardens are open, however the indoor areas such as tearooms, mansion and shop are all staying closed and only card payments will be taken no cash.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales are all now back open daily from 10am until 6pm, some of the indoor spaces will be still closed as will the kids play area. Some toilets will be open and there will be no buggy service. The giant Galsshouse will be open to the public from 13th July
Pembrey Park and the Closed Road Circuit Cycle track are open, as are the outside toilets. The Visitor Centre and Ski Activity Centre remain closed and seasonal campers are allowed back from 13th July
The car park and parkland at Dinefwr are open to walk around. The toilet block in the car park are open, however the house, garden, shop and restaurant are all staying closed.
Car Park at Cleddau Woodlands are now back open to use
The car park at Colby Woodlands are back open to use, but all indoor areas will remain closed.
The car parks on the Stockpole Estate are back open
The Picton Castle is staying closed but everything else is back open. So you can visit the Welsh Owl Garden, Mansion of Mystery, Woodland Gardens and Gift Shop
Toilets are open and the restaurant is operating a take away only service. Also the work has been finished on the Jungle Boardwalk so that’s back open as well.
The car park and woodland walks area all open at Llanerchaeron, however the house, garden, farm, shop and café all remain closed.
All the grounds of Scolton Manor are open, however the children’s play areas and all buildings remain closed at the minute.
Toilet wise, the disabled toilet/ baby changing facility is open at the back of the welcome centre, which is the building near the main car park at the bottom of the site.
Most of the Family Attractions do remain closed, however ones that have more outdoor space have already opened or announced the date they will, so you can enjoy a fun family day out with the kids at these places.
The Birds of Prey Centre is situated inside National Botanic Garden of Wales. The Birds of Prey Centre displays of over 20 species of British raptors in an outdoor courtyard.
The wildlife park is back open and everyone planning on visiting the Manor House Wildlife Park needs to pre-book before visiting and you choose a time slt using a new booking system online. This is the same for all season pass holders.
Toilets are open but the indoor play areas are all staying closed. Full info about visiting can be found Here
Only the Frizby Golf and Crazy Golf is open daily from 10am until 5pm at the Clerkenhill Adventrue Farm at the minute. You have to advance book and toilet and benches are still unavailable. Full info about visiting can be found Here
Heatherton World of Activities is open daily from 10am until 5.30pm, however some activities will remain closed including the Body Zorbs, Walk on Water, Merlin’s Adventure Play, Indiana’s Soft Play and Escape Rooms. Paintball Zone will reopen on the 10th July and Junior Tree Tops Trail is reopening on 11th July.
Everyone will need to book all tickets online and select a specific date for visiting. Toilets are open and a few food and drink outlets.
Open daily from 10am until 5pm, its essential that all visitors pre-booked their visit, so that numbers can be limited and that everyone can be given staggered arrival times to avoid queues.
Toilets will be open with enhanced cleaning measures. The Gift Shop will be open and accecpting cash and card payments and you will be able to purchase food on a takeaway basis only.
Some areas of the Park that will remain closed include the Indoor and Outdoor Play areas and VR Shack, the Bubble Ride and the Super Bouncer Trampolines. There will also not be any Fossil Hunts, Meet a Baby Dino or Red the T-Rex experiences so to reduce the attractions of crowds.
All other rides and activities will be open and available with a few changes to how they are operated them.
Added Bonus fro families visiting as The Dinosaur Park Tenby has used the lockdown time to create some new attractions such as:-
Family Fun Area – This area has 4 family orientated fun activities.
Mini Footgolf – Great area to test and learn new skills.
Peddlerz Mini Boats - Especially for younger guests and Dinosaurs Aged 3-8 to have some fun on the water. These are situated in the Bubble Pond while they are not in use.
Folly Farm will be opening from 8th July for their annual pass holders and then 13th July for everyone else.
Visitor numbers are going to be restricted so to provide enough space for you enjoy a socially distanced day out at Folly Farm. Before visiting you’ll need to make sure in addition to your annual pass or online day entry ticket, that you also pre-booked the date and arrival time for your day out via Eventbrite, which will help stagger everyone’s arrival times.
The gift shop and catering facilities will all be open and if you can your asked to pay using contactless payments.
The Jolly Barn and Penguin Coast will have one-way systems in operation and there will be a socially distanced land train ride running continuously between 11am and 3pm.
Also, open will be the sand pits, pedal tractors, outdoor rides including the Big Wheel, the Go Karts, the Big Dig and the Paratrooper.
Some of the indoor areas will remain closed and the Summer programme of character appearances and themed days has had to be cancelled so that guests don’t gather in one area all at one time. All indoor theatre shows have been cancelled and zoo talks will now be recorded and played on a loop through speakers spread around the enclosures to discourage crowds gathering.
The Tropical Trails which is home to the dwarf crocodiles and sloths is also going to remain closed as well as the vintage fairground, Carousel Woods indoor play area and outdoor kids play area.
Toilets wise the Cwtch Coffee toilets will be closed but all the others will be open including the Changing Places toilet which can be accessed from the side of the fairground.
You will also notice new signs all around Folly Farm reminding you about keeping 2m apart and your also going to see new “Paws Off” signs reminding you not to touch fences, barriers, signs, windows and protective screens. There will also be new yellow lines painted in front of busy viewing areas into enclosures such as in front of the penguins to remind you to maintain your distance from the glass or to keep your distance from animals.
Borth Wild Animal Kingdom will be open from 13th July at a limited capacity to begin with and certain areas will be off limits, so it’s going to be a slightly different experience to normal.
Indoor areas such as the Café and Petting barn will be off-limits but you will have access to most of the outdoor areas. A limited take-away menu of hot and cold food will be available to order from reception which can be eaten at our outdoor picnic areas.
One of the things people enjoy about our animals is how close you can get to some of them. For that reason we are asking you to mask up when you enter the zoo as the coronavirus could be passed on to animals.
Please feel free to bring your own mask or face covering, but masks will be available for sale at reception. Children under 6 do not have to wear a mask.
Tickets are best pre-booked on our web-site and you will be given the option of morning or afternoon. You can take your chance and buy tickets on the gate, but we are limiting admission numbers and may be full. When on site all payments should be made by card.
WWT Llanelli will be Opening on 15th July and they will be limiting the number of people who can visit on any one day and will manage this by using a new booking system, so everyone will need to pre-book their visit online whether you’re a member or not.
Bookings will open every Wednesday morning at 9am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit.
Throughout your visit you will have to keep 2m social distancing from everyone and there will be limited access to indoor areas, including some hides, which are open, but only for a set number of people and the doors will be kept open and windows propped open so you don’t have to touch them.
The outdoor and indoor play areas are closed for the moment, and activities such as canoes, pond-dipping, walks and talks will not be running.
Some paths will now be one-way to help you keep a safe distance from other households. And some areas where people might naturally gather will be closed.
Toilets are available but some of them have been closed because they’re simply too small.
You will not be able to buy grain or to fee the birds during your visit.
Unfortunately for the time being there will be no mobility scooters or wheelchairs for hire, but you’re welcome to bring your own mobility scooter or wheelchair as usual.
For the moment there will be no takeaway food or snacks available to buy, however you are welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of the picnic areas and the benches have been spaced out to keep you at safe distance to others.
Oakwood Theme Park will be reopening from Monday 20th July. During the first week of operation it will be open 11am until 5pm. Opening Times will be reviewed on a weekly basis, alongside the wider COVID-19 situation.
Not all rides will be running, Drenched and Witch Hunt will be closed as will the arcades, indoor soft play, The Fun Zone Arcade and Hooks House of Havoc.
Visitors will be asked to walk from the admission area into the park rather than using the main line railway, this is to prevent congestion at the admission area.
Catering facilities will be reduced and offering a takeaway services only.
On ride photos will still be available to buy, however you might have to buy them from a different outlets each day.
Due to meeting social distancing requirements there will be a reduced number of people entering Oakwood Theme Park each day and everyone will need to be purchased in tickets in advance via Oakwood’s website and your tickets will be dated and have a guest number on it.
Any families looking to use their Tesco Clubcard vouchers for entry still can, but again you will need to do this online and in advance just like everyone else.
Visitors will be asked to sanitise upon arrival at Oakwood Theme Park and may be subject to temperature testing. Additional sanitising points have been installed throughout the park, enabling guests to sanitise regularly during their visit.
All visitors will be asked to adhere to social distancing and keep within their family groups.
On the rides, used rows, seats and restraints will be sanitised after each cycle, so you should expect to have to wait a little be longer than normal. There will also be increase cleaning frequency of communal facilities such as toilet blocks, seating areas and outlets.
All Oakwood staff will be wearing PPE, there will be different PPE worn by different staff and that will be based on their job role.
Visitors are welcome to wear PPE including gloves and masks should they so wish, including on rides provided they are securely fitted
Plantasia in Swansea will be reopening on Saturday 18th July and will be open daily from 10am until 5pm
Pre-booking is essential and can be done via their website, a one-way system is in operation along with social distancing guidance and hand sanitising points will be available.
Opening 21st July
The Welsh Wildlife Centre is reopening on 29th July and there will be some changes to the way the Visitors Centre works and can be accessed, so to keep both our staff and visitors safe.
There will be No vehicular access except for staff and deliveries past the main car park.
All access to The Visitors Centre will be via the Explorer Trail from the main car park, including disabled access.
The lower ground floor of the Visitors Centre will be a staff only area.
Inside the Visitors Centre there will be a one way system and social distancing measures will be in place. The lift will not be in operation, this is in line with Government guidelines in relation to enclosed spaces.
Access to the Glasshouse Cafe will be via external pathway and we will be encouraging contactless card payments in The Glasshouse Cafe with no lower limit. It will be a takeaway style menu in the café and there will be ample external seating and from early August there will be socially distanced indoor seating as well.
The Shop will initially remain closed.
Initially the opening hours will be from 10am until 4pm on Wednesday to Sunday. So, closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
The Magic of Life Butterfly House will reopen on Monday 13th July and visitors will need to use a booking system to spread the peak numbers over the day.
You will then be emailed back with confirmation
If you are not able to email then you will need to call 01970 880928 on the day you with to visit so you can be told when will be suitable
Visitors will need to use a one-way system exiting via the back entrance and incoming family groups will need to stick to zones in the actual display.
The Magic of Life Butterfly House have powerful extraction fans that will change the air every 4-5 minutes making it similar to outside air. Also the plastic skins let Ultra-Violet UV light though which kills the virus as does the tropical heat.
Hand sanitiser will be available and face masks will be on sale for busy periods or people are welcome to bring their own.
The neighbouring Statkraft cafe has closed for this year so visitors will need to bring a thermos or a picnic and they can use the picnic places next to the lake, weir or in the woods behind.
The Secret Owl Garden is currently closed for general admissions, however is open for pre-booked flying experiences only.
Opening 27th July
The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea will be re-opening the week of 28th August
The National Wool Museum will be re-opening 3rd September