The museum says they have made the difficult decision to close to the public for the winter period due to necessary construction works.
The team at Eden Camp say that with the building of their new Events and Exhibition Hall, Refurbishment of Hut 5, reconstructing of the front of site and more roof replacements, there will be several areas of the site that would have restricted access and that for the health and safety of staff and visitors, they will be temporarily closing over the winter months from Monday 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022 to ensure these works can be completed quickly and smoothly in time for next year’s busy season.
In a statement the Museum team say:
"Over the past 18 months or so, we have had a very difficult time as a family business making sure we can open to the same standards as normal, albeit restrictions at certain times. Our directors, Howard Johnson and Paula Peace have dedicated time, energy and large investments in the museum and the site in general.
Such examples can be seen through the new toilet facilities, roof refurbishments and essential maintenance to our 80-year-old original POW buildings. To maintain such important heritage and history, we have seen it appropriate to close over what is typically a quieter time for the museum to make even more fantastic improvements to the site you know and love.
Our staff and volunteers have been and continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our museum going, and we are ever grateful for their commitment and efforts every day. The museum will continue to fight for the future viability, the ongoing development of the business and its staff, and this is the reason we have chosen to close for a short temporary period.
If you have made plans to visit us during this period, we apologise for any disappointment caused but be reassured we will be back bigger and better in the new year!"
Eden Camp say they will still be running their Half Term Halloween fun with a treasure trail and games across site for the last week of October.
They say that visitors who have a season pass will have the expiry date extended for the same period they have been closed (5 months).
If you have a radio voucher that expires within the closure period, the Museum will honour this for 3 months after their opening date.
School bookings will still be available throughout November but only the gift shop, and not the café, will be open.
The team say:
"If you have any questions, please do get in touch with our admin team on either 01653 697777 or email@example.com."