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Hatfield Forest set to reopen after coronavirus shutdown

Hatfield Forest is set to reopen on Thursday (June 18) after a three-month closure as a result of the coronavirus crisis – but visitors must book a parking space online.

The National Trust, which runs the 1,000-acre former medieval hunting ground near Takeley, is trying to resume operations at its sites nationwide.

Social distancing measures are limiting capacity. The trust says: "We have to limit numbers to make sure that visitors and staff will be safe. These limited advance tickets do go quickly, and many of our most popular places are now fully booked up to 21 June.

Sheep at Hatfield Forest (36657613)
Sheep at Hatfield Forest (36657613)

"But every Friday we release new tickets for the following week, so it's worth checking back regularly. We're also opening more gardens and parks every week and increasing the number of tickets available for those places that are already open.

"More than 200 coastal and countryside car parks are open. For now, all houses remain closed, as do all places in Wales in line with Welsh government advice."

Trust members can pre-book their parking space for free while general visitors must pay £8 by 3pm on the day before they visit.

Hatfield Forest (36657629)
Hatfield Forest (36657629)

Hatfield Forest has already cancelled its annual three-day music and crafts festival, WoodFest, from September 4 to 6. Hopes are high that the event will take place next year.

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