Top attractions to visit right now
Published on: Mon, 22/06/2020 - 15:31
We’re starting to venture outside again after weeks of lockdown and the world is slowly beginning to reopen. While we are a long way from normality, there are plenty of places that have adapted to welcome visitors back. Here are some of the top spots you can enjoy.
Please check the individual websites for attractions and/or the latest government guidelines for updates before heading out to explore.
National Memorial Arboretum
The outdoor elements of the 150-acre garden and woodland site of the arboretum in Alrewas are open to pre-booked visitors. There are more than 350 memorials to discover, plenty of wildlife and the Millennium Chapel (which you can enjoy from the outside only for now).
To ensure the safety of everyone on site, the arboretum has implemented a series of measures, following government and industry guidance. People will need to book their vehicle online before arriving at the arboretum, a limited number of spaces are available each day and social distancing measures must be followed.
Erasmus Darwin House herb garden
The enchanting herb garden at Erasmus Darwin House in the city centre is now accepting visitors, as long as social distancing measures are followed.
The garden has a number of linked but distinct areas, including the culinary garden (known as Mrs Darwin’s Culinary Garden) that has then been further divided into four beds: Dr Darwin’s Medicine Chest, the Apothecary’s Garden, the Dyers Garden and the Scented Garden.
This is the perfect time of year to visit and enjoy the flowers and herbs, all of which are labelled so you can learn something too.
Heart of the Country Shopping Village
Home to boutiques, salons and restaurants, Heart of the Country Shopping Village is along the A38 south in Swifen. While not all businesses in the village are open yet, some are open and some are by appointment only.
Visitors can once again enjoy following the Green Fairy Trail. It’s a lovely 20 to 30-minute walk through woods that are home to the Green Fairies who make their doors and homes from recycled and unwanted materials discarded locally. A great walk in the woods, whatever the weather.
Chasewater Country Park
Chasewater Railway may still be closed, but the stunning country park next door is not. There are several routes you can take around the 90-hectare reservoir with plenty of places to stop for a break or a picnic along the way.
Packed with wildlife, this is a great spot for a family day in the fresh air. Make sure you have plenty of charge on your phone or a camera with you – it’s the ideal spot to capture some memories.
Find out more: www.enjoychasewater.co.uk
Fradley Junction is where the Coventry Canal joins the Trent & Mersey Canal. It's one of the most popular places on our local waterways with cafes, a pub and the ever popular Fradley Pool Nature Reserve.
While not all businesses are open yet, you can enjoy the canals and the nature reserve, making it a fantastic place for a family visit. Whether you walk, cycle or canoe, you’ll have a great day out.
Beacon Park and Stowe Pool
Another great spot for family fun is Beacon Park. While the play areas remain closed at the moment, there is still plenty to discover. There are more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space within easy reach of the city centre packed full of sites of interest and wildlife.
Not far away is Stowe Pool, a lovely place for a stroll or even a spot of fishing – so long as you have a permit. There are great views of the cathedral, offering more photo opportunities!