Kent Life near Maidstone prepares to reopen from Saturday, July 4 with reduced admission prices

One of the county's most popular heritage farming attractions is preparing to reopen this weekend.

Kent Life in Sandling near Maidstone will throw open the gates to its farm once again on from Saturday, July 4 - with a raft of new safety measures in place. It follows the reopening of a number of wildlife parks across Kent in the past few weeks.

Families will need to pre-book the date and time of their visit
Families will need to pre-book the date and time of their visit

Tickets have already gone on sale for families wishing to visit - with many being snapped up in the first hours of going on sale.

The attraction, in a message on its facebook page, said it was anticipating a high demand for passes and had options to buy for both members and non-members wanting to arrange a visit.

Visitor numbers are being restricted each day to manage social distancing and all guests are required to pre-book a specific date and time to arrive.

Kent Life says teams have been working hard behind the scenes to put new measures and procedures in place. This includes a one-way system where necessary, more hand washing facilities, and enhanced cleaning routines. PPE will also be available to staff where it is needed.

Food and drink outlets will only be available for takeaway and 'some activities' says the website may not be available at present.

Kent Life says a raft of new safety measures will be in place to keep both staff and families safe
Kent Life says a raft of new safety measures will be in place to keep both staff and families safe

A blackboard onsite will detail those activities which will be open to families when they arrive but these are likely to include, says the website, tractor rides, outdoor play, animal talks, a wooden hunt and a 'farmyard walk-through'.

Amongst the attractions at Kent Life remaining closed because of government restrictions will be the indoor soft play centre, pedal tractors, the bouncy castle, donkey rides and shows inside the on-site big top.

Kent Life's historic houses, says the website, will be open if staff can 'safely implement a one way system' but upper floors may be closed initially, the guidelines go on to explain.

A temporary admission price of £8 for adults, £7 for children or £28 for a family of four is in place to take into account the restrictions on what is open and the new measures.

For a guide to more things to do with the family across Kent as lockdown restrictions ease please click here.

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