Covid 19 Update – We’re good to go

As the country starts to get back to a ‘new normal’ we look forward to welcoming visitors back to our StayPlayExplore breaks. We are working with Visit England the national tourist board to make sure that all of our attractions and hotels are adhering to government guidelines to make you have a safe and enjoyable experience. These guidelines may change due to local lockdowns and we would advise you to check in advance before you book your break.

As of the beginning of July, all attractions implemented new procedures including pre-booked visits to manage social distancing, all the details on how to do this are listed below.

Our Hotels

As we work closely with our accommodation partners to reopen safely, we are following the latest government guidance. This means that whilst you will receive the same warm welcome, you will notice some changes. These will vary from hotel to hotel. However they may include timed/time limited sessions in pools etc where open, no buffet style breakfasts, limited food service sometimes restricted to room service only, social distancing in all public areas. Whilst cleaning regimes have all been significantly increased, your room may not be serviced during the course of a stay of more than 1 night, this is to reduce unnecessary contact. Please check the individual hotel websites for more details and give them a call with any specific questions. We are all trying our very best to ensure you can enjoy a break, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We have been running our ABTA bonded StayPlayExplore breaks for fifteen years, welcomed thousands of visitors to our destinations over the years and spoken to many of you when you’ve needed extra assistance. You can rest assured that you can book your break with us in absolute confidence that we are making every effort to check that our attractions and hotels are safe to visit and we are adhering to approved guidelines. If you do need any additional information, reassurance or want to check your booking then please get in touch with us by email help@stayplayexplore.com and we will do our very best to help.

StayPlayExplore Leicestershire

Open

Twycross Zoo | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Twycross Zoo

Open daily.
To book your slot you need go to the home page and click the red button Book now, tick the date you wish to visit and the box with the time you want to arrive and then click the row marked Stay Play Explore £0 (14th row down). You'll then be sent your timed slot via email, please remember to take your Stay Play Explore ticket with you.

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Open

Stonehurst Farm | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Stonehurst Farm

Closed Mondays.
There is an online booking system, however StayPlayExplore guests can email oink@stonehurstfarm.co.uk and provide a date and time when you are arriving and the team will make a booking to avoid disappointment.

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Open

Swadlincote Ski Centre | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Swadlincote Ski Centre

Open every weekend but varied opening times during the week– please check the website.
Visitors should pre-book by calling in advance, please give as much notice as possible Tel: 01283 890089

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Open with limited availability

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre


Telephone to make your family booking but be aware that not all activities are available and the time slots are limited.  Tel: 0116 268 1426.

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Open

Twinlakes | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Twinlakes

Open daily except closed 6th/7th/13th/14th October.
To book the date of your visit please visit the Twinlakes website and click on 'Buy tickets' then 'Day Tickets & Annual Pass Reservation' then 'Twinlakes Park Day Ticket' - then you'll see the 'Stay Play Explore' option.  The water park is now open, book a timed slot when you arrive at the entrance to Twinlakes. Indoor soft play areas are also now open.

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Open

Conkers | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Conkers

Open 10am-5pm September term time: Thursday – Sunday until 27th September.
Open 10am - 5pm October term time: weekends only.
Open 10am - 5pm daily for October half term 17th October - 1st November. 

All guests should email info@visitconkers.com at least 48 hours before visiting stating that you are a StayPlayExplore customer, your ticket number and the date when you wish to visit. A member of the customer services team will confirm your visit.

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Open

Bosworth Water Park | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Bosworth Water Park

No pre-booking required. Check website for opening times.

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Opening soon

King Richard III Visitor Centre | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire King RIchard III Visitor Centre
 

 

 

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Open

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Open on selected days only.  See website to view the dates when you can book a slot and call the centre with your ticket number to book your time slot tel: 01455 290429.

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Open

Wheelgate | Stay Play Explore Leicestershire Wheelgate Park

Open daily through to November.
To book the date of your visit please visit the Wheelgate website and click on 'Buy tickets' then 'Day Tickets & Annual Pass Reservation' then 'Twinlakes Park Day Ticket' - then you'll see the 'Stay Play Explore' option. You have to purchase a £1 ticket per person in you party which translates into a voucher that you can spend in the park on ice creams, drinks, souvenirs etc.

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StayPlayExplore Yorkshire

Open

City Sightseeing York | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire City Sightseeing York

Open daily.
Two buses will be operating per hour, so they run every 30 mins, from 9:00 am – 4:30pm. Customers can hand in their tickets when they board, or with our street sales staff. Recorded commentary will be onboard.

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Open daily.
Your entry needs to be pre-booked in advance. Visitors should click on book with an existing online ticket and click on the 'complimentary tickets' option and MUST bring your StayPlayExplore ticket to the farm to hand in on arrival.

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Open

City Cruises York | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire York City Cruises

Open daily.
No need to pre-book, visitors can turn up with your StayPlayExplore ticket.

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Open

Castle Howard Gardens | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire Castle Howard Gardens
Open daily.
Booking links for tickets can be found under the 'Visit Us' Tab, and then select 'Opening Times & Prices''. We ask that you read all of the information on this page carefully before booking your tickets. You can find information about social distancing measures, an updated visitor map, risk assessment and more general information that will help you make the most of of your day!
At the bottom of the screen you will find the link that will take you to the booking page.
After reading the information on the page, choose your preferred day to visit and select a time slot.
Ticket types will then appear, Stay, Play & Explore customers will need to select the ticket named 'Affiliated Tickets (See Accepted Schemes) - Gardens Entry' (You will not be asked to validate this with a membership number).
Continue to follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transaction.
Stay Play Explore visitors MUST take your ticket with them to present alongside their booking confirmation.

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Closed until October half term

Magna Science Discovery Centre | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire Magna Science Discovery Centre
Go to the website, click the book now button and you'll be given a choice of dates. 
Click on the chosen date and you will see a list of tickets – choose ‘I already have an online ticket’ and enter the number of visitors in the box and add to basket and checkout. Guests are required to provide contact details for track and trace but no money will be taken and your visit will be confirmed. Visitors should take your StayPlayExplore ticket and confirmation when you visit the attraction.

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Partially Open

Ripon Museums | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire Ripon Museums

Timeslots to visit must be booked in advance and StayPlayExplore customers should use the 'Prepaid' ticket option when booking.

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Open

Wonderful World of James Herriot | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire Wonderful World of James Herriot

Not opening until 2021

Ice Sheffield | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire Ice Sheffield

Not opening until 2021

Altitude HIgh Ropes | Stay Play Explore Yorkshire High Ropes

StayPlayExplore Warwickshire

Open

Stratford Butterfly Farm | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Stratford Butterfly Farm

Open daily.
StayPlayExplore visitors should call the farm on 01789 299288 to book a time slot with the lead booker's contact no. for NHS test and trace. These are on the ¼ hour from 10am until 5pm. StayPlayExplore visitors will still need to present their paperwork with the booking ref no on as they did previously.

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Open

Warwick Castle | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Warwick Castle

Open daily.
StayPlayExplore guests do not need to pre-book their visit, they should present their ticket at the entrance.

Please note that temperature checks will be in place on entry.

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Open

MAD Museum | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire MAD Museum

From Wednesday 2nd September The MAD Museum will only be open to the public at the weekends and closed during the week. It will be fully open for the Warwickshire October half term (Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October). Pre-book your tickets from the MAD Museum website. https://themadmuseum.co.uk/ Choose the StayPlayExplore ticket option. Alternatively call the reception to book over the phone: 01789 269 356.

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Open every day in August

British Motor Museum | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire British Motor Museum

Open Friday – Monday from 7th September until October half term 24 Oct-1 Nov, when we will open daily. We will then return to Friday to Monday opening throughout Nov & Dec, until Dec 20th when we will close for Christmas, reopening on Jan 2nd 2021.

How to book your StayPlayExplore time slot

Step one - go to www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk, click on Museum tickets (top right), and select the month you wish to visit.
Step two - choose the date and time you wish to visit
Step three - Choose the ticket type, scroll to the bottom of the ticket types and choose the Pre-Paid/Free Ticket (see screen shot below) and select the number of tickets you wish to redeem, then click checkout (there will be no charge as you have a StayPlayExplore ticket).
Step 4 - complete in your contact details and telephone number for NHS Test and Trace, then click register.
You will be emailed your timed entry ticket for the Museum which you must show on arrival together with your StayPlayExplore voucher.

Call the bookings team during office hours 01926 649649 if you have any queries regarding visiting the British Motor Museum.

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Opening Spring 2021

Anne Hathawy's Cottage | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Opening Spring 2021

Shakespeare's New Place | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Shakespeare's New Place

Opening Spring 2021

Hall's Croft | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Hall's Croft

Restricted numbers

Shakespeare's Birthplace | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Shakespeare's Birthplace
StayPlayExplore ticket holders who purchased their short break before August 2020 can turn up on the day with their tickets to gain entry. Numbers are restricted so there may be a wait at busy times.

Unfortunately, breaks purchased AFTER JULY 2020 cannot use StayPlayExplore tickets at Shakespeare's Birthplace.

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Not yet open

The Play's the Thing | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire The Play's the Thing - RSC

Not yet open

Shakespeare's Schoolroom | Stay Play Explore Warwickshire Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall