Last updated: 02 December 2020

Following the new Government guidelines announced on Thursday 26 November 2020, the shop and toilet facilities at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre will be open from Saturday 5 December 2020, every day from 10am to 4pm.

As the North East region, including Northumberland, is in Tier 3, the exhibition spaces and café will be closed but takeaway refreshments will be available from the kiosk including soup and sandwiches at weekends. Unfortunately, our rooftop walk will remain closed due to viewing platforms not being permitted under Tier 3 guidelines.

Our visitor centre at Walltown will be closed during the winter season and our activities programme is postponed until further notice. Car parks and toilets across the National Park will remain open as they have done during lockdown.

The new national restrictions from 3rd December 2020 can be viewed here.

When in the National Park, please remember to stick to the two-metre rule at all times, wash hands or use hand sanitiser whenever possible and wear a face mask when entering any of our toilet facilities.

During weekends we are expecting popular locations to be busy. If our car parks are full please be considerate and avoid parking on roadside verges as this will restrict local and emergency access.

How people access and experience the countryside will change as the seasons evolve. During the autumn and winter months, as our dark skies set in earlier, please plan your visit accordingly. During this lockdown period the pressure on emergency services is significant so we are asking everyone to be Adventure Smart and ask yourself three simple questions before you set off:

  • Do I have the right equipment and clothing?
  • Do I know what the weather will be like?
  • Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for my day?

Further information and advice on being Adventure Smart can be found here.

Together, we all need to do our bit to control the spread of Coronavirus and every action you take will make a difference.

We kindly ask everyone to be responsible, considerate and kind when visiting the National Park.

A poster showing the rules of the Countryside Code

Events and activities at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and in Northumberland National Park.

For any pre-booked activities or events, we can offer a full refund or you can transfer the cost of your ticket to the Northumberland National Park Foundation. Please contact one of the team who will be happy to assist you with your booking – [email protected].

We are keen to continue to connect people with nature, landscape and heritage and the benefits they bring. Follow our #OutdoorsIndoors campaign on social media to stay connected to the National Park.