In early July Brinkburn Priory, much loved by many folk both locally and across the country, opened to visitors again after lockdown. For the present visitors must book their visit in advance with English Heritage who need to control the numbers on site at any time and ensure social distancing in line with Government guidelines. The English Heritage website says:
Brinkburn Priory is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets will be available to book soon. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.
Some church services, including weddings are now permitted, under very strict rules, and many members of St Mary's are overjoyed that they can once again worship in the parish church. However, the numbers allowed at church services are very small, so any marriage services for the present will be very different.