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Roadmap out of Lockdown: Surrey Shopping, Days Out and Staycation Inspiration
March 31st 2021
We are all hoping that with a fair wind, and thanks to the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, we will all be looking at an easing of lockdown restrictions over the next three months.
With the ‘stay at home’ rule relaxed from 29 March, there is already a greater sense of freedom, with outdoor gatherings of six people or two households now permitted, and outdoor sports facilities, such as lidos in Surrey, allowed to re-open.
Of course at the moment, travel abroad is prohibited, other than for a handful of permitted reasons.
But from 12 April, as various other restrictions look likely to be lifted, providing the evidence is going in the right direction, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as UK staycations will become possible again, albeit within certain constraints.
And that’s not all, as non-essential retail and certain visitor attractions also start to open their doors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few ideas of where we can go and when in Surrey over the next few weeks.
It’s been a while since we were able to indulge ourselves in a spot of retail therapy. But, from 12 April, we should be able to get back into our favourite clothes and homewares outlets. If you are keen to get out and about and enjoy some safe shopping, here are our top recommendations.
Kingston Upon Thames offers an eclectic mix of high street, designer and independent boutique stores, as well as a bustling market place brimming with designer names, and a good helping of shopping centres. Check out the Bentall Centre, a viable match for any West End shopping experience, and the Eden Walk Shopping Centre, home to all your high street favourites, including a three-storey Boots.
Looking for a charming, cobble-street style shopping experience? Guildford town centre could prove tempting. From designer brands and luxury boutiques to specialist retailers, there is something here for everyone, not least three shopping centres, a monthly farmer’s market and a twice-weekly street market.
Other inviting retail opportunities include Staines Upon Thames for its two popular shopping centres the Elmsleigh Centre and Two Rivers; Epsom for its Ashley Centre, Walton on Thames for its contemporary covered Heart Shopping Centre, and Guildford for its Tunsgate Shopping Centre and Friary Shopping Centre.
If you’ve been hankering after a change of scenery, and something to do that stimulates the senses, then from 12 April you’ll hopefully find plenty re-opened in Surrey.
Whilst the message to stay local wherever possible is clear, there are so many attractions in Surrey, that you should be able to find something that’s close by.
Planning a family day out? Consider Thorpe Park for its thrilling rides and attractions; Birdworld with its 1200 birds from around the world; Chessington Zoo for its wildly intriguing species such as Asiatic lions, Amur tigers and Humboldt penguins, and RHS Wisley, famed for its 240 acres of glorious gardens featuring fine displays of plant species and captivating features.
There are plenty more days out in Surrey to enjoy apart from these, so why not cheer yourself up and plan yourself an itinerary? Don’t forget to check out the COVID-19 policies and advice on all the attractions’ websites before you visit, and follow any pre-booking guidelines that are recommended.
From April 12, you should be able to enjoy a UK break at a campsite or self-catering holiday let. Anywhere indoor facilities are not shared between households have been given the green light.
Whether you indulge in the delights of the Surrey Hills and take advantage of its many camping and caravanning or glamping sites, you opt for a CenterParcs activity break, or you fancy cosying up in a rustic Surrey cottage, there is ample choice for your home-shore break.
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