Last updated 15 April 21:

Now that we are on step 2 of the Government Roadmap Out of Lockdown we are happy to welcome guests back to the centre.  After a long year, with prolonged periods of no guests, it’s great to see people making the most of our facilities and location to both go on adventures in the Peak District and to relax in a beautiful setting.  As we progress through the stages of the roadmap we look forward to welcoming more, and larger, groups to the centre.

For all bookings, please be aware that we have a responsibility, in line with the government guidance, to ‘take all reasonable steps not to take bookings for a greater number of people than is permitted, or allow such groups to enter’.  When booking, please take the government guidance for that time into account and be aware that any groups who breach the guideline will be refused access or asked to leave the centre.

If you make a booking in the hope that the roadmap dates don’t change, but unfortunately a roadmap step is delayed until after your booking, then we will contact you to discuss the options.  Options will include:

  • Coming as planned but with a smaller group to meet the regulations in place at the time.  If the change in guidelines reduces our capacity then the accommodation will be available at a reduced cost.
  • Postponing your booking to a time when the regulations have changed.
  • Receiving a full refund.

Please see the relevant sections below to see what’s possible at the different stages of the roadmap and we look forward to welcoming you to the centre soon.

Government guidance:

Indoors:

  • People are not permitted to meet others they do not live with (or share a bubble with).

Outdoors:

  • People can meet in groups of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households. A group made up of 2 households can include more than 6 people, but only where all members of the group are from the same 2 households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) or an exemption applies.
  • Social distancing must be maintained between people who do not live together or share a bubble.
  • People can meet in all outdoor settings, including private gardens.
  • Different rules apply when participating in organised sport. You can find more information in the section on changes to operations, and grassroots sport guidance for the public and sport providers.

Indoor accommodation options:

Each of our indoor accommodation buildings is available to be booked by a single household (which can include an existing support bubble).

Accommodation available includes our:

Please click the links in the list to see more details about the accommodation and the costs.

Two households who know each other can book separate accommodation buildings but they must only mix outdoors and maintain social distancing.  Different households must not mix indoors under any circumstances.

Camping:

We have 3 camping areas available which can be booked by a single household (which can include an existing support bubble), each with sole use of a toilet and shower.  One of the areas includes use of our fantastic yurt to sleep in.

Please go to our camping page see more details about the camping and the costs.

Two households who know each other can book separate camping areas but they must only mix outdoors, use their own toilet and shower areas and maintain social distancing.  Different households must not mix indoors under any circumstances.

Government guidance:

The Government will release the details of the guidance nearer the time.  At present the Government roadmap states:

‘As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.’

Indoor accommodation options:

Each of our larger indoor accommodation buildings is available to be booked by two households (each of which can include an existing support bubble) during this phase.

Accommodation available for two households:

  • Woodlands accessible building.  Sleeps up to 10 in 2 bedrooms.
  • Lodge.  3 bedrooms available along with the kitchen dining room and lounge.  Additional bedrooms may be available for 2 larger households sharing – please get in touch to discuss.
  • Farm House.  3 bedrooms available along with the kitchen dining room and lounge.  Additional bedrooms may be available for 2 larger households sharing – please get in touch to discuss.

Our 2 The Woodlands cottage, which sleeps up to 4 in 2 bedrooms, is available for a single household during this phase as it only has one bedroom and it’s cosy nature makes any social distancing difficult.

Please click the links in the above to see more details about the accommodation and the costs.

Whilst it is possible for more than two households who know each other to book separate accommodation buildings they must only mix outdoors, with a limit of 30 people, and maintain social distancing.  People must only go into indoor spaces with the household which they are sharing accommodation with.  More than two households must not mix indoors under any circumstances.

Camping:

We have 3 camping areas available which can be booked by two households (each of which can include an existing support bubble) during this phase.  Guests in each camping area will have sole use of a toilet and shower area.  One of the areas includes use of our fantastic yurt to sleep in.

The details of what facilities can be shared will be confirmed nearer the time.  Two of our camping areas have access to several toilets and showers each and it will be possible for each household to have a designated toilet, sink and shower.  Please be aware that the yurt will have access to 2 toilets but only one shower, so if Government guidance states that shower facilities cannot be shared then one family may not have access to a shower during their stay.

Please go to our camping page see more details about the camping and the costs.

Whilst it is possible for more than two households who know each other to book separate camping areas they must only mix outdoors, with a limit of 30 people, and maintain social distancing.  People must only go into indoor spaces with the household which they are sharing accommodation with.  More than two households must not mix indoors under any circumstances.

Government guidance:

‘…before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted.

Step 4 – not before 21 June

Social contact

By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.

Business, activities and events

We hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection. The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.

As we move through each of these phases in the roadmap, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’. Comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Get tested when needed. Get vaccinated when offered. If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.’

Thornbridge Outdoors visits after roadmap step 4:

Whilst we hope that all limits on social contact are removed at step 4, and we can return towards life as it was before the pandemic began, it is likely that some guidelines will remain in place.  It is difficult at this stage to have any certainty as to what guidance will be in place and how it will affect events planned at Thornbridge Outdoors.

Accommodation and activities for small groups are unlikely to be significantly affected, however visits for large groups may be.

We will continue to monitor Government guidance as it is released and updated and work with customers with bookings for larger groups to help where we can to enable visits to take place.  The flexible nature of our accommodation and how different groups use it makes a single approach inappropriate, therefore each group will need to consider for themselves how their event may go ahead.

If you have, or are making a booking, for a large group for after step 4 of the Government roadmap please consider how you will respond to Government guidance in place at the time.  Whilst hiring our facilities compliance with Government guidance will largely be your responsibility but we may need to ask you how you plan to do this as we cannot allow visits from groups that don’t have appropriate plans in place.

Government guidance worth reviewing and monitoring for updates includes:

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