Clarence Pier and Butser Ancient Farm among tourist spots reopening as coronavirus restrictions are lifted

ATTRACTIONS and tourism hotspots in Portsmouth and the surrounding area are preparing to reopen following the government’s change in coronavirus guidelines.

By David George
Monday, 29th June 2020, 4:04 pm
Updated Monday, 29th June 2020, 5:00 pm

As of this weekend, Clarence Pier in Southsea is gearing up to reopen and Butser Ancient Farm in Waterlooville will be swinging its gates back open to visitors.

Clarence Pier's attractions, which include crazy golf, an indoor playground and arcades, can all be booked in advance online.

There will be limited availability at the pier so booking has been advised by the pier operators.

Clarence Pier. Picture: Solent Sky Services

A statement from the owners said: ‘We are thrilled to have been awarded the We’re Good to Go certificate by Visit England. This verifies that our pier meets all government and public health guidelines relating to Covid 19.’

Butser Ancient Farm in the South Downs explores 5,000 years of human history, as far back as the Stone Age. It was also the filming location for Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, which was released last year.

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Director Maureen Page said: ‘We have been working hard to ensure that visitors, volunteers and staff can once again safely return and explore the beauty and history displayed at Butser Ancient Farm.

Butser Ancient Farm has an abundance of activities on its annual calendar. Picture: Bill Shimmin

‘This has involved introducing a pre-booked ticketing system to limit numbers on site, increasing cleaning procedures and hand washing facilities and introducing a one way system in certain areas of the farm.

‘We are so lucky that the site is outside in a beautiful part of the South Downs National Park, and we are really looking forward to being able to share this unique place with visitors again.’

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