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Covid-19: Like everyone else we had to close. We are now open and welcome you back with new lockdown restrictions in place. We are doing things differently and you will now have TO BOOK in advance of your visit. We are also having to restrict numbers of visitors at any one time.

It is important that we keep everyone safe (volunteers, staff and visitors).

At Naturezones the "2 metre" rule still applies (Government Guidlines Nov 5th)

We Are Still Open

BUT

On Sunday only people from the same household.

Families with children can visit

 (max 6 inc' babies)

Thursday-Over 60's only

 Tuesday - over 60's, Grown-ups & vulnerable adults

  (food pre-purchased with your ticket will be given to you at the end of your visit

 in a take-away bag to take home with you)

 

 

You, our staff and volunteers are our main concern, so rest assured that we’re following the latest guidance as well as our own safety rules and we are only opening as and when we can do so safely.

What you need to know

To help keep you and our staff, volunteers and local communities safe, we're limiting the number of people who can visit on any one day. And we have introduced a booking system to manage that.

What will be different

Bookings will be accepted  up to 11pm the night before your visit

Some paths are now one-way to help you keep a safe distance from other households. And we’ve closed some areas where people might naturally gather.

A toilet is available but please use sanitizers before and after use. But if you possibly can please go to loo before your visit. We simply want to make things as safe as possible for everyone. All children must be accompanied to the toilet.

We’ve increased our cleaning regime, particularly our toilets. And we have plenty of hand sanitizer available around the site.

Our shop and plant centre will be CLOSED until restrictions are lifted  - hopefully on 2nd December.

(food pre-purchased with your ticket will be given to you at the end of your visit

 in a take-away bag to take home with you)

 No children will be allowed in the Barn and only one person will be allowed  to shop at a time. All payments must be contact less.

We’ve spaced the bench seating out to keep you safe. Do not move them.

We will still request a 2 metre distancing especially around volunteers and staff

We have very few people with a lot to do. Please refer to FAQ's before sending an email

We all know that the situation changes frequently. We do our best to keep the information here on our website completely up to date, but sometimes that’s not 100% possible. You may find that on the day you visit we’ve had to close something, or we’ve been able to open up something that was previously restricted. We hope that doesn’t affect your enjoyment of your day.

So, relax, take your time, look, watch and listen, smell and enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Please note our opening times are currently 10.30am to 4.30pm, with last admission one hour before closing at 3.30pm.

Please note

a) We are not a BYO picnic area - cake and scones can be purchased from the refreshments counter.

b) Dogs,  as always dogs are not allowed in the actual Nature Reserve

c) Please do not leave any rubbish or litter behind - please take it home with you

d) Please do not bring anyone other than those stated on your pass. (We will have to turn them away)

e) Please adhere to your visiting time schedule (Wildzones)

f) No climbing on tree or log piles or going into the water

g) Please note that we are not an adventure play ground but a home for wildlife

h) Children must be attended at all times especially by ponds (You are responsible for your child’s safety)

How do I Book?

We are carefully managing the total number of people who visit on any one day to help keep everyone safe.

Everyone, whether you’re a Naturezones member/friend or existing pass holder must book in advance for the day you wish to visit. Please bring your members card/pass/ voucher with you.

Please book for everyone in your party, including babies, toddlers so we can manage numbers and keep everyone safe.

Price is Wight pass holders will need to bring their PisW voucher dated after 21st January. (Price is Wight day Pass  vouchers will be valid until 30th September 2020) You can book for Sunday or if over 60 yrs for Thursday.

We cannot accept group bookings at this time

Only those with a pre booked pass will be admitted

We’ve added some specific measures to our standard Code of Conduct to help during Covid-19.

Additional coronavirus measures

Do not visit if any member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus.

Do not ask us to make exceptions

Follow Government guidance on vulnerable groups.

Keep at least two metres between you and other households, staff and volunteers - regardless of Government directives. This is how we want to operate.

The Pavilion will be open to one group at a time (max 4 people from same group) but do not linger too long

Follow any one-way systems and queuing procedures.

Don’t loiter in the buildings. Move through without delay.

Wash your hands regularly. We have hand sanitizer points.

Keep to paths

Do not go into the Bird hide if the door is closed. If open only one person at a time

Do not make a group booking of more than 6 people

Our code of conduct

Wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Follow instructions given by staff and volunteers.

Supervise children and vulnerable adults in your care. We want children to be able to run around but make sure they avoid other visitors.

Don’t drop litter.

Consider others when taking photos.

Follow advice and instructions on signs.

Don’t go beyond any enclosure barriers, or into areas marked ‘closed’ or ‘staff only’, or enter any water bodies.

Do not disturb the wildlife or pick flowers or fruit.

We have planned three types of BOOKINGS on three separate days

Wildzone For Schools with small bubbles of max 6 children + 1 adult

We have divided the day. You can book your visit 10am - 12.30 pm or 1pm - 3.30 pm

This is an educational session. Explore and discover real life nature. Find out what lives in the pond, count the different types of butterflies. Catch a grasshopper, find a newt , discover the most ancient of insects. Shhh... if you are quite will may spy one of our many red squirrels, Mist, Sprint, Mahogany, Darkness, Pudding and the Twizzle Twins.

On arrival you will be given a activity book with things for the children to do. They can also watch a nature video in the Pavilion

Your pass includes, entry, small donation, booking fee, activity sheets

Note: food is not allowed in the Nature reserve but School Lunch packs can be consumed around the barn/ pavilion

Please Email Naturezones with your date options etc

1 Adult 6 children £32.00

1Adult 3 children £19.95 currently N/A

1Adult 2 children £16.95 currently N/A

1 Adult 1 child £14    currently N/A

 

 

Tuesday and Thursday - Over 60's day

10.30 - 4.30 last entry 3.30

IMPORTANT - Please do not book for this day if you are under 60. We want to make our visitors feel safe and not at any risk during their visit.

You pass includes a small donation, booking fee, refreshment and entry into the nature reserve. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through the meadow and woodland. Listen to the bird song, smell the flowers, herbs and shrubs, breath in the fresh air. Bring you camera and capture the dragonflies, butterflies and much else. You might even learn something new.

On arrival you will be asked to choose your refreshment. Either Home made cheese scone and butter, home made apple scone with butter and apple and blackberry jam or homemade gluten free cake. With a choice of tea of coffee. There will be spread out tables to sit at or you can take it home with you in the bag provided.

Friends/Members - Free but must book (Food extra)

Non-Members £7.75/person

Price is Wight vouchers purchased from 1st January must still book (vouchers are valid until 30th Sept 2020 after that you can use the voucher as discount on the entry price. Choose the supplement option)

To book click on date option below

 

Tue - 24th November Thur - 26th November

Tue - 1st December

Thur - 3rd December  

 Tue - 8th December

 Thur -10th December

Tue - 15th Dec

Thur - 17th Dec

Tue - 22nd Dec

Lazy Sunday

10.30 am - 4.30 pm (last entry 3.30 pm)

You pass includes a small donation, booking fee, refreshment and entry into the nature reserve. Feel Safe. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through the meadow and woodland. Listen to the bird song, smell the flowers, herbs and shrubs, breath in the fresh air. Bring you camera and capture the dragonflies, butterflies and much else. Children will be given an activity pack

On arrival you will be asked to choose your refreshment. Either home made cheese scone and butter or home made apple scone with butter and apple and blackberry jam or homemade gluten free cake or babybell with raisins and mini apple scone. With a choice of tea, coffee or squash. There will be spread out tables to sit at or you can take it home with you in the bag provided.

Friends/Members - Free but must book (food extra)

Non-Members Single £8.75

Aged 4 - 16yrs £5.75

Family  2 Adults + 2 children or 1 Adult + 3 children £26

Under 4 yrs old inc' babies - Free but must book

Price is Wight vouchers purchased from 1st January must still book (vouchers are valid until 30th Sept 2020 after that you can use the voucher as discount on the entry price. Choose the supplement option)

To BOOK click on date option below

29th November

6th December

13th December

20th December

 

Become a Friend or Make a Donation

Details of how to support Naturezones' work can be found HERE

 

FAQ's

Q You are fully booked. When will I be able to visit?

We’re sorry you’ve not been able to make a booking this time. We’re taking safety on site very seriously and have set strict limits on the number of visitors per day. However, we hope to be able to increase that daily allocation as we observe how things work on the ground.

If you’re a member, thank you very much for keeping up your support throughout lockdown. Please bear with us through this next couple of weeks while demand is high.

Q Can I purchase a ticket on arrival at a Naturezones (NWET)?

No. All tickets must be bought on our website and must be accompanied by a valid booking for the day of visit.

Q Can we book a ticket without the refreshments?

We are sorry but not at this time. We are doing our best to support our organisation and fulfil the requirements of the majority of our visitors under very limited circumstances. (Wildzone does not include refreshments)

Q Can I bring a picnic?

I am sorry but we do not have a picnic area. All food is provided by Naturezones. Food is not allowed in the nature reserve

Q Do I need to book even for free visitors?

Yes, please book for everyone in your party, including babies, toddlers and carers, so we can manage numbers and keep everyone safe.

Q Is my ticket for a specific day?

Yes, all tickets are valid only on the specified day.

Q Can I bring my dog?

As always dogs are not allowed in the actual nature reserve

Q I’m a member, why do I need to book?

We need to limit the number of people at our centres each day to ensure that visitors and staff are safe. So all members need to make a booking so we know we’re not exceeding the maximum safe numbers. There is no charge for this. You’ll be asked to show your booking confirmation and your valid membership card at the admission desk. members are entitled to a free cuppa. If wishes they can order food when booking

Q I’m visiting with both members and non-members, what should I do?

You should make two separate bookings, one for the number of members in your party and one for those requiring tickets.

Q Will I receive priority booking as a member???

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer our members priority booking, as charity tax law means that we must make our centres available to everyone – including non-members.

Q How do I use the tickets and/or booking made online?

You will be emailed a booking confirmation that will include your unique reference number and a barcode. We would encourage you to keep this ticket handy on your smart phone and present the barcode at admissions. If you do not have a smart phone you can make a note of the reference number and read it out to admissions staff when asked. Alternatively, you can print out the booking confirmation.

Q I bought a PiW ticket before Naturezones centres closed, can I still use it?

Yes you can use Spring Pass Deals purchased from 21st January 2020 as discount on the current entry price. Use the supplement  ticket option on the booking page for the date you wish to visit, make a booking and bring both the original PisW voucher and booking with you to be checked at admissions.

Q Can I make group bookings?

While we have limited capacity at our centres I’m afraid we won’t be able to take group bookings.

Q Can I use a wheelchair?

We have two paths one in the woodland and one in the meadow that allows, albeit limited, wheelchair access into the nature reserve

Q Do you issue refunds?

As a charity we can only issue refunds in exceptional circumstances. This does not include inclement weather. Applications for refunds must be received 48 hours before the day of the ticket. i.e if you have booked for Sunday we need to know before midnight Thursday

Q I have pre-booked as a member but now can’t visit – can I cancel my booking??

If you are a member, please contact us 48 hours before the day of the ticket to let us know so that we can offer your space to other visitors.

Q How can I donate to support Naturezones work at this time?

You can donate towards our work on our web site www.naturezones.org.uk. Thank you so much for supporting our vital conservation work at this time.

Q Can I get my money back on admission if I join as a member online after my visit?

Unfortunately, you are unable to redeem an admission ticket against an online membership at this time. If you are thinking of joining Naturezones Wildlife Education Trust (NWET) please join online prior to purchasing an admission ticket to be able to gain free access.

 

 

                                              

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