Welcome back, thanks for your support and patience
Spring has come and gone since we last welcomed visitors to Almond Valley, and we've been counting the days until it is safe and sensible to re-open our doors again. In line with government guidelines and good sense, you'll find a rather different range of things to do and see when you visit. These changes are in place to ensure your safety.
Your safety comes first
Ours is a big site with wide open spaces, but in places were people might congregate, there are measures to ensure safe distancing. Regular cleaning is also critical, and we'll be patrolling with our cloths and sprays to keep everything safe and sparkling.
To give everyone plenty of space, only a restricted number of admission tickets are available each day, each with a set arrival time. Advance booking of tickets is essential, even if you have a friends membership or annual pass. Tickets are not available on the door
Pre-booking is ESSENTIAL.
Days and times of operation may be a little different from usual when we first re-open; see our Arts Tickets booking page to check availability
What safety measures are in place?
- We're limiting visitor numbers to avoid crowding, so advance booking is essential
- All frequently touched area are regularly cleaned by our site patrols
- There's additional cleaning of toilets and play-parks
- Additional hand sanitiser stations are installed throughout the site
- There's no animal handling, but many other chances to get close to the animals
- One-way routes are in place to maintain social distancing
- For hygiene reasons we're accepting card payments only
What will be open? What will be closed?
- All the animals of Mill Farm are waiting to welcome you
- Most of our outdoor play spaces are open for your enjoyment
- There's a history mystery trail to follow on your phone
- We've a huge open-sided picnic barn in the orchard
- Our tearoom will be open with a selected menu to sit in or take away
- The soft play and interactive areas of the museum remain closed
- There are no train and tractor rides at the moment
Why shouldn't I visit?
- If you or anyone in your household have suspected Covid-19 symptoms, please stay at home
- In keeping with Scottish Government guidelines, please do not arrange to meet with more than two other households
- Unfortunately due to enclosed spaces and interactive displays, many of our museum features still remain closed
What does the future hold?
Almond Valley is an independent museum with charitable status that receives no revenue funding from local or central government. All of our activities are paid for from admission charges, annual memberships, and other services to visitors.
Normally the income earned during the busy spring and summer period helps fund our activities throughout the rest of the year. This year, Covid-19 restriction have removed most opportunity to earn income. While we've secured some emergency grants, drawn down reserves, and taken on loans, our charity still faces a difficult and uncertain future.
It could be that we need to reduce opening hours and make other cuts later in the year in order to conserve funds. We'd really like to avoid this, but unless additional funds are found, this might be unavoidable if the Trust is to survive.
Almond Valley has achieved much, and done some strange and wonderful things over the last thirty years, to serve countless families and communities, locals and tourists. There's so much more that we'd like to achieve for new generations over the next thirty years.
Your continued custom and support is greatly appeciated, and we'd greatly value any donation you may be able to make to support the Trust and help secure its future. Thank you