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CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT: All Abbotsbury Attractions are closed. Click here to read our full statement.
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Updated 21st March 2020

Important news: We have taken the difficult decision to close all Abbotsbury Tourism attractions to the public until further notice.

We have done our best to stay open and offer a small number of local people a place to walk around and relax at a difficult time.

However, our overriding concern is keeping everyone safe and healthy in light of the current guidance on social distancing.

Rest assured that throughout the closure, we will continue to care for our swans at the Swannery and animals at the Children’s Farm. We will endeavour to post regular updates on social media so you can keep up-to-date with how they are doing.

Latest government information on Coronavirus can be found on the Department of Health website.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery Restaurants closed until further notice

Inline with recently Government guidance, our restaurants at the Swannery and Subtropical Gardens are now closed. The Children’s Farm remains closed in its entirety until further notice. We look forward to see everyone once we can open again.

In the meantime, the Subtropical Gardens and Swannery remain open, but we are closely following Government guidance for further updates. We have taken the necessary precautions of cancelling all events for the next few months, including the Abbotsbury Food Fair, Easter and May half-term special activities, as well as cancelling mass feeding at the Swannery to avoid crowds at noon and 4pm.

May Half Term Activities cancelled

We have made the decision to cancel the extra activities planned to take place over the May half term. Therefore, Bug Week will not take place at the Children’s Farm, and there will be no owls at the Swannery. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact for any ticketing enquiries.

Coronavirus – Jo Sadler Willow Workshops announcement

All four willow workshops at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens have been postponed. The following is a statement from Jo Sadler:

Hi everyone. With current information from our government I have decided to postpone all the willow workshops after Wednesday 18th March. I will re arrange bookings in near future. Please contact me if you are booked on courses so I can email you with new info. I will honour all gift vouchers too.
Many thanks and stay safe. Jo

Jo’s website can be found here:

Coronavirus – Abbotsbury Children’s Farm announcement

In order to support the efforts to limit the spread of Coronavirus, it is with great regret that we are announcing the temporary closure of the Children’s Farm with immediate effect.

The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority and because activities at the Farm involve hands-on contact and groups of young children in relatively enclosed areas, we feel this is the most responsible way to respond to the latest Government advice.

The situation remains fluid and the date of reopening will be assessed on an on-going basis. Our Easter Fun Fortnight extra activities and entertainment at the Farm will not now take place.

Find our full statement on our response to Coronavirus below.

For any ticketing enquiries, please contact and we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.


Coronavirus – Abbotsbury Swannery mass feedings cancelled

In order to support the efforts to limit the spread of Coronavirus, we regret that we have cancelled the daily mass feedings at The Swannery for the time being to avoid large gatherings of people in one place.

The Swannery remains open to visitors. Find our statement on our response to Coronavirus below.


Coronavirus – Abbotsbury Food Fair cancelled

Due to the current government and Public Health England (PHE) advice on preventing the spread of Coronavirus it is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the Abbotsbury Food Fair in association with Dorset Food & Drink, which was due to take place on Easter Saturday 11 April 2020 at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

The Gardens remain open to visitors. Find our full statement on our response to Coronavirus below.

For any ticketing enquiries, please contact and we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.


Our response to Coronavirus – full statement – 13th March 2020.

All Abbotsbury attractions are open as normal, apart from the exclusions mentioned above.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is paramount and we are following the latest advice from Public Health England (PHE) on minimising the risks presented by Coronavirus.

Good hygiene is the best prevention and our staff have all been fully briefed and are undertaking enhanced cleaning regimes and following guidance on good personal hygiene practice.

We will be undertaking additional cleaning of all hard surfaces and door handles across the three sites each evening.

As a precaution, at the Children’s Farm we have removed the contents of the ball pool.

We would ask our visitors to support us by taking the simple steps of washing hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

Rest assured, that we will continue to monitor the latest advice and guidance from PHE and will take all necessary precautions to protect the welfare of our guests and staff.


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