INTRODUCTION Once again our reopening is being organised to comply with Covid-Secure guidelines, and is reviewed on a regular basis; the facilities and services we provide may be modified or suspended to comply with situations that may arise. When we re-open on 16th April 2021 it will initially be on a reduced basis to comply with the government guidelines that were confirmed on 5th April 2021..
We hope that some of you will still decide to visit and PLEASE REMEMBER that you DO NOT have to pre-book to pay us a visit. However, you will need to comply with government Covid Regulations & Guidance. We have COVID-secure measures in place, so that you can enjoy a visit with members of the same household or support bubble; meet up with no more than six people outside etc. etc.
Friday 14th May; Saturday 15th May; Sunday 16th May
Only Our Outdoor Exhibits Will Be Accessible
To comply with the regulations, we will not be able to open the 2 Aircraft Display Hangars, the Engine Hall or the Small Object Display Hall to visitors. Under this method of opening visitors will be able wander around our 16 acre site and be able to see:
26 Aircraft & Helicopters (c/w ongoing restoration work on some days)
3 Fuselage restoration projects
5 Aircraft cockpits (no access - external viewing only)
The Museum Memorial Garden
The Dig For Victory Garden
Various munitions – Yellow Sun, Blue Steel, ZPU-4 etc.
The NAM Red Barrows
The famous ex RAF Swinderby Post Box
In recognition of this much reduced offer the trustees have reduced the admission rate to £5 per adult (all ages) with FREE admission to accompanied children under the age of 16.
Visitors with Motability needs should be aware that some exhibits are displayed on grass and these can be difficult to access during wet conditions – we are sorry about this but please be aware if you plan to visit. During the most recent Lockdown there has been an increase in wildlife activity on site, which has resulted in some areas of the site becoming more uneven. We are working to rectify this situation but visitors will need to exercise more caution when walking around.
To comply with the regulations, we will only be able to offer takeaway service i.e. there will be no indoor seating available to eat or drink your purchases – sorry! The picnic benches outside will be accessible but visitors should remain in their household bubble to comply with the regulations. The food options will still be limited to pre-packed sandwiches; cakes; snacks; hot & cold drinks – please remember that these have to be consumed outside the café.
This will be open as normal, for all of those aviation purchases such as aircraft kits, modelling supplies; books etc. – we recommend that you check in advance if you have a specific item that you wish to purchase, as some supplier are struggling to provide us with requested stock.
Our revised opening times for the time being are 10.00am - 5.00pm (last admission at 4.00pm).
The museum café will close for takeaway orders at 4.15pm.
The museum shop will close at the same time as the museum, with last admissions for shoppers into the shop being 20 minutes before closing time
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our highest priority. We want to ensure you feel safe and comfortable when visiting and will do everything we can with heightened cleaning regimes, social distancing and capacity restrictions if necessary.
We will be working to the Visit Britain, "We’re Good To Go Industry Standard" that stated that they are satisfied that our site is indeed good to go.
Please remember that you will need to wear a face covering if you intend to go inside the Museum Shop and the Museum Café to order you snack. We will of course honour medical exemptions for people unable to wear face coverings. Also, we request that you respect the Rule of Six and do not use the museum to meet up with more people than the legislation allows.
MAKING A VISIT
All visitors, including museum members MUST leave contact details (name and telephone number) FOR EACH MEMBER OF YOUR PARTY, so that we can meet our legal obligations for the latest 2021 Track & Trace requirements under the Government’s Guidance to re-opening Heritage Sites Legislation. We also have our NHS Track & Trace QR codes on display. Please ensure you read our full guidance before deciding to visit.
What do I need to do to visit?
- ALL visitors to the museum will be requested to provide contact details as required by the Government before access to the site will be allowed
- Please read our Hygiene Requirements / General FAQ’s section, so you can adhere to our new hygiene rules
- Card/contactless payments are encouraged where possible
- Please wear sensible footwear as some parts of the new one-way system go over grassed areas & can be uneven
- Please remember to bring bags or containers with you to take home any waste materials that your visit generates e.g. food packaging, drinks containers etc.
For everyone’s safety, your entry will be conditional on various criteria being met
- Accordingly, we reserve the right to refuse admission to the Museum on the following grounds:
- Any visitor who appears to have symptoms of Covid-19
- Any visitor who does not keep to our social distancing regulations, even when asked
- Any visitor who does not use hand sanitiser on entering the museum
- Any visitor who is not willing to leave a contact name and either telephone number or e-mail when asked to maintain the test, track and trace regulations
DURING MY VISIT
During the pandemic exposure to Covid-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where large numbers of people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to serious illness or death. According to Government guidance certain groups of visitors are potentially more vulnerable. By visiting Newark Air Museum, you voluntarily assume responsibility for risks related to the potential exposure to Covid-19. Help us keep each other healthy, have a safe visit.
Anyone visiting the museum is asked to adhere to the following Covid-Secure requirements, this to help ensure everyone’s safety:
- Follow the suggested routes around the museum site, which now operates on a one-way system, basically keeping to the left in most circumstances
- Maintain a safe social distance from other groups at all times (currently 2m) & follow the signage / directional markings
- If your party contains children please make sure that you look after them during your visit, and please do not let them run off
- Wash your hands more often, following the guidance in each toilet or hand wash area
- Use hand sanitiser when you are not near a hand washing point; hand sanitiser is available at points throughout the museum (bringing your own hand sanitiser is also advised)
- If you cough or sneeze catch it with a tissue, and put it in your bag or waste receptacle
- Please do not visit if you feel unwell, and leave the museum immediately if you begin to feel unwell during your visit
- Staying safe together is a key part of our operation. We have introduced various policies and procedures specific to making the site Covid-Secure. This is for the benefit of everyone; staff, volunteers and visitors
- Visitor numbers are monitored each day for our 16 acre site, via the admission tickets and people noted as having left the site
- Extra hygiene and cleaning measures throughout the site
- Our staff and volunteers will wear personal protective equipment where necessary
- Additional training and consultations with staff has taken place before they returned to site
- Clear Covid-Secure information available for everyone around the site
- Socially distancing is required when you have to queue in any designated queuing areas
- Protective screening, or distancing measure are in place at till points
- Hand sanitiser stations available prior to museum entry, and key points around the site
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS / ANSWERS
What are your opening hours?
We are now opening from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Times are subject to change; however, our website will be updated. A revised last admission time of 4.00pm will be in place for the present time.
What about toilet facilities?
Increased cleaning regimes are in place. Visitors will be asked not enter areas whilst cleaning takes place. Please ensure you use toilet facilities as promptly as possible and leave them in a clean manner as you’d expect to find them yourselves. Do not allow children to use facilities on their own. Some cubicles may be closed to maintain distancing; these will be clearly marked. Ensure that you maintain 2m from people whilst using facilities.
We have hand sanitiser stations around the museum, and would also recommend you bring your own so you can use whilst walking around our site. Although sanitiser is handy, it does not replace a good hand washing hygiene regime. Please follow the advice of the UK Government, NHS and PHE by washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before eating, drinking and after visiting the toilet facilities.
How long can I stay at the museum?
We have no restriction on the length of time you can stay with us, but we please ask you to comply with the rules. If any member of your party feels unwell during your visit please leave immediately, do not come in contact with any museum staff, volunteers or other visitors. Please call us once safely in your car (whilst not driving) to tell us about your visit so we can log, track, trace and implement any additional hygiene requirements that might be necessary.
Is the cafe open?
Yes, however we have a limited menu offering: takeaway hot and cold drinks, pre-packed sandwiches, cakes and limited hot snacks. Disposable takeaway cups will be used.
- Please remember that from Friday 16th April 2021, the café will not have any provision for people to eat or drink indoors
- Please follow social distancing whilst queuing for your food
- Personal reusable cups cannot be accepted at this time
- To help us comply with Government guidelines to help our staff stay safe you should ideally take home any waste packaging rather than disposing of it on site in our four green wheelie bins (our normal waste bins have been temporarily removed to comply with Government Covid-Secure Guidelines for Heritage Sites)
- Outdoor tables seating will be 2 metres apart and cannot be moved to create larger tables; alternatively, you may eat on our large grassed areas
- Surfaces and contact points have heightened hygiene regimes
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
Always ensure you tell our team about any dietary requirements before placing your order! We would always advise that you bring a picnic with you if have a severe dietary requirement.
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes of course! You will be able to enjoy our lovely grounds and find the perfect spot for a picnic; but please remember to take your waste home.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, of you can providing that it is kept on a short fixed lead and that you clean up any mess and take that waste home with you.
Is the Museum Shop open?
Yes, it is and it has been incorporated into our site one-way system, and on most visits you will exit the site through the Shop. You will find signage in place, entry/exit points in place and screens at our till (like you now find at supermarkets and other shops). There is also an optional route if you only want to shop. You may need to queue for a short while before entering whilst we limit numbers. Please only pick up items that you want to purchase to help eliminate possible transmission of the virus.
Can I pay by cash at the museum?
You can, but we prefer if you are able to pay via contactless card where possible.
Can I arrange to meet family and friends?
This is allowed providing that you comply with the latest government regulations.
Can I bring a group?
This is not allowed under the current guidelines – sorry!
Do you have another question?
Please contact us on via email or, telephone us on 01636 707170