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When can I book a Farm Stay UK Holiday?

Farm Stay Unlocking

As rural tourism accommodation across the country prepares to reopen, we wanted to wish our members in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland* the best of luck in the new season.

Rural accommodation has proven to be and will continue to be as socially-distanced as can be, so whether you choose an off-grid glamping stay, a luxury B & B serving some of the best breakfasts in the UK or a cosy self-catering cottage, you can be safe in the knowledge that you won’t have to see anyone else, if you so choose.

Throughout the national lockdowns, our members have stayed positive, vigilant and compliant with industry regulations; we’ve encouraged them to take courses in additional safety measures and we’ve completed the “We’re Good To Go” training published by the government.

They have also been busy behind the scenes; some redecorating, some busily building new accommodation or making improvements to current ones and some, like us, having a complete new look. Please take some time to look around our new site where our members are keen to tell you all about what is new for the 2021 season.

We also thought it might be handy for visitors to our website to understand what is opening when and where** in order to book your perfect farm stay within current restrictions, so without further ado, here’s Farm Stay UK’s handy guide to unlocking rural Britain (in chronological order).

17th March

Wales – Stay local restrictions replace stay at home

27th March

Wales – Stay local restrictions lifted. Self-contained accommodation and travel with own household and within Wales allowed. Travel to/from rest of UK not yet permitted

29th March

England – No longer required to stay at home. Outdoor recreation and sport to resume

2nd April

Scotland – Stay at home restrictions lifted and moved to stay local

12th April

England – Self-contained accommodation, non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality can reopen.

Wales – All shops to reopen and travel allowed between England and Wales

26th April

Scotland - Travel allowed to/from Scotland. Non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants can reopen with restrictions on serving times and alcohol. Gyms, pools and other recreation can reopen

17th May

England – Indoor hospitality, B&Bs, hotels, campsites, cinema and theatres to reopen

Scotland – Cinemas and contact sports to resume

21st June

England – All lockdown restrictions lifted

It’s still not confirmed when all restrictions will be eased in Wales and Scotland.

* At the time of writing, the Northern Ireland roadmap hadn’t been confirmed

** These dates are all subject to change depending on new levels of Covid-19 infection