Credit: Oliver Dixon
We’re sorry to announce that Twilight Winter Walks is now cancelled from the 28th December and up to and including 3rd January.
It is with a heavy heart that we agreed with Kent County Council earlier today that we would close our Twilight Winter Walks.
Ticket holders for this period will be contacted via email. We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause.
Twilight Winter Walks will continue as planned for Sunday 27th December.
The Gardens will remain open for Daytime Winter Walks 27th December – 3rd January 10:30 – 16:30.
We have worked tirelessly to make our Gardens and Grounds a safe haven for visitors. On Monday (21st December) we were inspected by our local environmental health officer on behalf of Public Health England and highly commended for the experience that we were offering. At all times we have followed government guidance and central government states outdoor illuminated trails can continue in Tier 4 provided social distancing measures are put in place – see here (published 23rd December). This announcement is being made following correspondence with Kent County Council who are following Public Health England orders to close illuminations such as ours.
A further message from our CEO:
“We fully appreciate the seriousness of the current situation and hope that the closing of illuminations will have the desired effect, but this decision is contradictory to published government advice and closing our illuminations (and others similar venues) will reduce the amount of time and locations that exercise can be taken at this time of year and we fear that uncontrolled public spaces may become overcrowded as a result.”
We thank you all for your support during this most difficult time.