Yorkshire Attractions and Leisure activities set to reopen from July 4th

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The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted restrictions for certain parts of hospitality and leisure sector to reopen in England only with the 2 metre rule reduced to 1 metre.  Here’s a list of places you will be able to go to from 4th July:

Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Holiday homes

A lot of us have had holidays cancelled so it’s welcomed that we can go back on our UK staycations and make the most of hotels, B&B’s and return to those beloved holiday homes.

Here’s a couple of hotels and B&B’s that we’ve found are opening up again:

Oulton Hall Hotel Leeds 4th July

The Judges Lodging Hotel York 4th July

Pickersgill Bed and Breakfast in Yorkshire are taking bookings again from 3rd July

With the sunny weather setting in, now’s the time to book those holiday parks, boarding houses, campsites and caravanning trips again. We have fond memories of camping, doing a fairy trail and seeing the gauges at Studfold Camp  and caravan site in North Yorkshire.

Here’s a couple of examples of campsites, Caravan Parks and Boarding houses we’ve found are reopening:

North Yorkshire Moors campsite

Knaresborough campsite

Caravan parks

Black Bull Caravan Park in Pickering  is reopening on 4th July,

Flower of May Caravan Park in Scarborough is reopening 4th July

Boarding houses

Willow Dene Guest House will be opening from 10th July

Woodlands Farm Guest House reopening from 4th July

While you can now attend churches, mosques, synagogues and places of worship for private prayer, on 4th July all places of worship will be open but singing is banned.

Here is one place of worship that is open for individual prayer

York Minster is open for Individual prayer

We all know the power of reading and learning…  so it’s with a welcomed relief that libraries are also set to reopen which are much valued free resources for many people.

Here’s a example of a library which could reopen in July:

Wakefield Libraries could reopen July

Love or hate your workplace canteens,  when things suddenly shut we suddenly miss the convenience of it, and work canteens are also set to reopen.

For people who enjoy a drink after a tough week at work, here’s a few pubs and bars that will be reopening, providing they’re Covid secure:

Ecclesall Road in Sheffield has lots of places to eat and drink to Westgate Run in Wakefield and Call Lane in Leeds…. There will be a welcome return to some nightlife for pubs and bars throughout Yorkshire.

Here’s some cinemas in Yorkshire that will be reopening in July:

Film buffs and movie lovers can breathe a sigh of relief  with cinemas set to reopen too.  Multiplexes and smaller screens have been closed since the coronavirus pandemic  but will start to reopen from July 4th.   Showcase Cinema will reopen from July 4th, Cineworld will reopen on 31st July as a delay in film releases has been blamed for this, Vue cinemas is hoping for a mid-July reopening and Picturehouse cinemas will reopen from July 31st, whereas Odeon, Curzon and Everyman are yet to announce when they are reopening, with independent cinema and The Showroom in Sheffield pencilling in mid September for their reopening.

Museums and galleries

We’ll be keeping an eye out for when Leeds Galleries and Museums, Sheffield Galleries, York Gallery and Wakefield Museums amongst all the other fabulous venues from across our region re-open.

Hepworth Museum is reopening 1st August, the Bill Brandt/Henry Moore exhibition will be extended until 1st November, and advance booking is strongly recommended. Initially the gallery will open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.

Jorvik Viking Centre is reopening on 11th July and here you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding pieces of archaeology.

The National Coal Mining Museum is reopening from Wednesday 5th August for pre-booked visits

Outdoor playgrounds

From local parks to treetop adventures, summer is the perfect time to go outdoors with the family.

If your kids like going to outdoor playgrounds, then here’s a few outdoor playgrounds you can go to from July:

We can’t wait to get swinging from the through the Treetops at Go Ape Adventures … we’ll be heading to Normanby Hall near Scunthorpe, this is reopening in July, but you will need to book from 4th July if you want to have a go at these adventures.

Now is the time to go paddling, or wild swimming where allowed! Padley Gorge, near Sheffield South Yorkshire is located in the Peak District in Derbyshire near Hathersage and Grindleford. It’s a stunning place to walk, a paddle in the stream and to take a picnic too.  The kids love it as you can park close to the roadside, there’s normally an ice cream  van, short walks and the stream is easy to get across.

Mama mei.co.uk says: “I have fond memories of here as a child we would start at Padley Gorge for a splash and a picnic then we would walk to Grindleford and stop at Grindleford Cafe then walk back and have a soft drink or food at the Fox House pub near by.”

Parking at Padley Gorge is free on the roadside but check signs for parking rules or there is parking at the Fox House pub if you are going there or alternatively a short walk away is the Longshaw Estate which is a National Trust Property and parking is £4 for the day.

Padley Gorge is reopening

There’s also Slippery Stones for paddling, wild swimming and picnics.

Theme parks

If you enjoy going to theme parks, then here’s a few theme parks in Yorkshire that will be reopening in July:

North Yorkshire Theme Park in Scarborough is a theme park where you can make a splash, you can blast on the floating inflatable AquaPark, challenge yourself by experiencing open water  swimming, and their lakeside cafes serve serves delicious hot and cold food, surrounded by picturesque countryside, this has been reopen since June 13th.

Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire  is Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & an award winning zoo, plus a luxury resort village for family days out, holidays and short breaks.  However the zoo is only open at the moment.

Lightwater Valley is hoping to reopen on Saturday 18th July  and still has most of the rides it had before lockdown, however there is a few that will remain closed including: The Ultimate, Raptor Attack and Apollo rides.

Amusement arcades

Not opening yet

If you like self-contained apartments, then here’s an example of a model village that is opening from 1st July.  It’s cottages, houses and shops are lovingly hand-crafted and give a taste, in miniature, of traditional village life

Bondville Model Village in Sewerby in the East Riding of Yokshire,


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