Family picnic at Chatsworth House

UK holidays as Government restrictions are lifted

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Looking forward to a break away

The news of a gradual relaxation of social restrictions is really welcome. The idea of being able to have a weekend away or take a holiday with family or friends is great news, and seems like just a distant memory. But, with continuing positive news, things are set to get better. The rules are a bit complicated around this, so we are sharing our plans for reopening. These may change, so do keep an eye for any Government updates. It is also important to say that each country of the UK has its own rules and regulations. What is here relates to England.

When can I go on holiday in England?

  1. From the 12th April   the first opportunity to travel in England will start for self-catering, or to use the government term, self-contained accommodation. The key point is this can only be with members of your own household or support bubble.
  2. We are happy to take bookings at Derwent House for stays between the 12th of April and 16th May for groups that meet this requirement but we are asking guests to contact us by telephone to book.
  3. From the 17th May it is possible to go on holiday with up to 6 people from different households or two households/support bubbles. For example, if there were two families of 4 each, and each had a relative in their support bubble, it would be possible to holiday as a group of 10. From this date other types of holiday accommodation are also able to open. We are looking forward to opening Glendon, our bed and breakfast, also located in Matlock, Derbyshire.
  4. And from the 21st of June the plan is to ease all social restrictions and for remaining businesses, such as night clubs, to open.

When will pubs and restaurants reopen?

Outdoor facilities at pubs and restaurants can open from the 12th of April. Now the idea of being outside in April, at first thought, may not be appealing. However, many businesses have made adaptions to take account of the weather. And do not forget the spring weather in 2020 was great on many days. A question often asked is what about toilets? Venues will be able to let customers use toilet facilities inside the premises.

From the 17th of May restaurants and bars can reopen for guests inside. All food and drink must be served at tables. And just as in other indoor venues there are limits of 6 people or two households. And again, from the 21st of June all restrictions on group sizes are removed.

 

Sunset over the Peak District with heather and sheep

Will tourist attractions be open for my holiday?

One of the best attractions we have in Derbyshire and the Peak District is the great outdoors. There are some truly wonderful routes for walking and cycling. From the 12th April two households or up to 6 people from different households can meet outside. From the 17th May this outside mixing is relaxed for groups of up to 30 people.

Crich tramway attraction in Matlock

From 17th May many other attractions can reopen. This includes museums, galleries, model villages, theme parks, stately homes. So, the vast majority of visitor attractions should be open from this date onwards. We would always recommend checking relevant websites in advance in case of pre-booking or other requirements.

Indoor attractions such as events and cinemas can also open from the same date in May.

Chatsworth House with the Emperor Fountain in the Spring

What happens to my holiday if Covid restriction dates change?

This will of course differ from place to place. However, all accommodation owners have had to work with restrictions over the past year and it is likely that they have accounted for this. For example, at Derwent House, we have amended our terms and conditions to offer more protection to guests. We have also taken many steps to minimise risk as far as possible. A search of any website should give you the information you need to help make a decision about your holiday plans.

Is not possible for any of us to know exactly what will happen. What we do have though s a comparison to last summer. Both our self-catering and Bed and Breakfast property operated throughout the year. Yes, we did make some changes but most these were out of sight of guests and by and large we operated from July to October much as we usually would.

With continuing good news, positive deployment of vaccines, we wish you all, when the time comes a happy holiday. Perhaps there has never been a better time to enjoy the wonderful delights of a staycation.

View of Riber Castle from Matlock

 

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