**FIRST POP-UP OPEN GARDEN: SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER, 12-4PM
ENTRY BY PRE-BOOKED TIME SLOTS - CONTACT THE BRACKEN HALL MANAGER OR CALL AT THE CENTRE ON THE DAY
Latest update (November 2020):
Many thanks to all our visitors and supporters for your continued patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks also to the visitors that joined our volunteers and staff at BHCC on November 1st - our first opening to the public since March! This was a trial opening, but sadly with the national lockdown in England, we have had to close the Exhibition Room again...
...However, outdoor and garden venues can remain open due to their recreational opportunities they offer - so we have made plans to reopen the BHCC Wildlife Garden on selected days (see below for details, and full advertisement is shown below).
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre now has COVID-19 secure status, with certain interventions in place (e.g. controlled access, hand sanitiser, signage, track and trace compliance, etc.), so we feel confident in reopening in a limited capacity.
Our plan for the Centre is threefold:
1. During the national lockdown, we will open the Wildlife Garden to the general public on a 'pop-up' basis, based on the long-range weather forecast (see poster, below). Single household or support bubble groups, individuals, or one-on-one pairs, will have sole occupancy of the site for a period of time. A volunteer or member of staff will guide you around the site, drawing your attention to things of interest, offering activities, or providing tasks for you or your group. There is still a lot to be seen at this time of year. Open days will be advertised ASAP on this website, on the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre Facebook page, and on the noticeboard near to the Centre. You can pre-book a timed entry slot by contacting the Bracken Hall Manager (contact details below), or if you are passing by when we have signs outside saying we are open, come to the Centre's front gate and we'll let you know what slots are available
2. Opening the majority of the Centre to the general public. When the national lockdown ceases, we plan to reopen to the general public on specific dates. Numbers will be controlled as in #1 above, with only one household, support bubble or individual allowed on site at any one time. We have worked hard to make the Centre as safe as possible. Sadly, we have decommissioned the hands on exhibits at the moment, but we will be able to provide activity packs and challenges to help your whole party to engage with the exhibits. We're also looking at replacing the hands-on activities with other sensory exhibits - watch this space! You'll have your own COVID-19 secure space to do activities, and have time to explore the wildlife garden. Please watch this space for further updates and changes to our lockdown rules
3. Third-party groups. Groups will be able to use the Centre for educational or engagement or enrichment visits. Such groups will be provided with a COVID-19 secure venue, at which they can undertake their own activities according to their own approved practices.
For updates on these, please see this page, or with specific enquiries, contact Richard White, the Centre Manager (contact details below)
With the changing seasons there is still a lot to see. These are the first primroses of Autumn flowering in the BHCC garden
Rosehips give colour in the countryside, can be used to make wonderful country wine, and provide a valuable food source for wildlife through the lean, winter months
If you're quick, you'll still catch some of the lovely autumnal colours in Shipley Glen - not to be missed!
Please watch this space for updates.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA
Follow us online, on Facebook, or phone Richard White 07938 063 062, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific enquiries