The safety of our staff, artisans, visitors and local communities remains our priority. We are therefore continuing to closely follow Government guidance, and have put the following measures in place:
1) Aside from allocated areas for the artisans within the hall and grounds, the majority of the hall and gardens will NOT be open to visitors during the market and will remain closed until further notice.
2) Entry Tickets to the Market
All tickets for both parking and admission must be pre-booked online. Upon purchase, you will then be able to simply present your booking confirmation either on your phone or on a printout, at the ticket office screened window. There will be a limited number of tickets available to ensure social distancing controls and these will be allocated to a morning or afternoon visit.
3) Please be aware that, should the need arise, we will share the data you provide when booking, for the purposes of Trace and Test processes. QR code posters linking to the NHS Covid-19 app will also be displayed around the site. All visitors and artisans must scan our QR code on arrival.
4) Essential note: face masks will be required to be worn both indoors and outdoors at this event.
5) There will be a battery operated hand sanitizer station on entry, positioned on the front drive near the Gatehouse with others in multiple locations around the market site.
6) To help keep everyone safe, we request that all visitors follow the government advice on social distancing.
7) New routes will be in place including one-way systems at the Gatehouse and around the site and market.
8) The market will be arranged to maintain safe queuing and social distancing of 2 metres for stall holders and visitors.
9) Our Stableblock and Lower Courtyard toilets shall be in operation, with a strict, monitored, socially-distanced queuing system. Shared hand towels and air hand dryers are being withdrawn in favour of paper towels in both visitor and staff facilities. The toilets shall be cleaned throughout the day.
10) Public information posters have been placed in all toilets and at hand washing stations.
11) Covid-secure first aid will be available to all visitors, staff and artisans.
12) Due to Covid practicalities we regret that the accessibility buggy will not be available during this event.
13) No alcohol will be served in our street food area, to ensure adherence to government regulations.
14) We ask that if you, or anyone in your party, are showing signs of Coronavirus, or have been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 14 days, that you do not join us on this occasion. Please be aware that we shall be conducting temperature checks at the main gate.
15) Finally, in case of any last-minute changes to this Mercatum Winter Artisan Market, we suggest you check our website before you visit.