I hope that you have all remained safe. I shared with you last week our outline plans and expectations around opening [click here if you did not receive it].
Until we can reopen properly, Blenheim Park is really only open for our local communities – and keeping the Park open for them is very important to us and them. I appreciate that we have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up, and we would normally be saying to you “come to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock, we’d love to see you”. But today I want to tell you something a bit different.
With current health risks and fears, when large numbers of you come from further away to visit the Park, you bring those risks and fears to our communities, families and friends. Blenheim is threaded right through these communities and their wellbeing and safety really matters to us - and so does yours.
Our car parks are still not able to open, which means visitors from further away must park in Woodstock or elsewhere. There is very limited parking in those places and the constant risk of parking enforcement. I should also flag that there are no toilets open anywhere near us and very little else is open. If the Park gets too busy, we will have to close entrances to protect those already inside.
We expect to be able to open more facilities shortly for you; we expect health risks to diminish and this advice applies very specifically to this very sunny Bank Holiday Weekend, a time when we all tend to come out which significantly heightens the risks. We want to keep our friends, neighbours and families safe and we want you to stay safe too.
Soon, we will all welcome you with open arms but this Bank Holiday Weekend (and I cannot quite believe I am writing this) we ask you to stay away.
With kind regards,
Chief Executive, Blenheim