Exploring Warwickshire whilst Social Distancing

We are all fully aware that each and every one of us should be doing everything we can to reduce social interaction and minimize the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) over the coming weeks and months. It is, however, important to look after our mental well-being during this challenging time too.

Many of us are now working from home and are also juggling homeschooling our children. Those of us who have been identified as key workers are working under increased pressure and demand as we tackle this pandemic. And we are all facing uncertain times ahead. So what can we do to help ourselves through this? There is lots of advice from the UK Governement including:

  • staying in touch with family and friends by phone and online. Making time in your day to contact others helps you to feel connected and gives you an opportunity to talk about how you are feeling
  • spending time doing things you enjoy – reading, cooking, watching films, listening to music or anything else you enjoy that you can do at home
  • keeping active and eating healthily. Try not to fall into unhealthy habits – this will ultimately make you feel worse. Here are some ideas for exercises you can do at home.
  • keeping windows open for fresh air, getting some natural sunlight and, if you have one, spending time in your garden


It is also safe to go for a walk or exercise outdoors as long as you stay more than 2 metres away from others. Luckily there are lots of places across Warwickshire that allow you to do this! At present all Warwickshire’s Country Parks remain open although Visitor Centres and cafes are closed. For further information take a look at their website here. A number of the attractions included with the Explorer Pass have also kept their outside spaces open for people to enjoy. These are:

Compton Verney

The grounds of Compton Verney are open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm (last entry 4.30pm) for visitors to enjoy and explore safely. You can purchase a special Grounds Pass for £5 per adult which is valid for unlimited access until 30th April. Find out more here.

Lord Leycester Hospital

The Master’s Garden remains open for visitors to enjoy for free. The magnolia tree is in full bloom and looking radiant! It’s open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. Find out more here.

Hill Close Gardens

Hill Close Gardens in Warwick will remain open on weekdays from 11am – 3.30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. The visitor centre and tea room will be closed. Find out more here

If you do decide to venture out and make the most of these beautiful places please do remember to keep your distance from others and practice good hygiene. And if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus please stay at home. Click here for the latest official advice from the UK Government.