Getting set to reopen Lee Valley Riding Centre
Updated 27 July 2020
We hope you’re keeping well at this difficult time.
We’ve been carefully assessing Government’s announcements on how sports and leisure venues can reopen. Lee Valley Riding Centre has, of course, continued to look after all our horses, but now we want to play our part in helping everyone get back to normal through exercise, staying healthy and having fun – and, while we want to reopen quickly we, of course, need to do this in ways which are both safe and financially viable.
At Lee Valley, we’ve kept our green spaces open throughout the crisis and have started opening some leisure activities, but getting all our activities up and running won’t be speedy or straightforward.
The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs Lee Valley Riding Centre. Most of the Authority’s income comes through activities we sell in spring and summer, which have been heavily affected by lockdown. So far we’ve already lost around £3m - a quarter of our expected income this year and, like so many other leisure organisations, we need to reopen carefully, responsibly and safely in a staged way to build back up to providing visitors with their favourite activities and to make sure we’re here for you long term.
We're now offering private lessons for novice, intermediate and advanced riders. We will keep you posted on further programme developments.
Through the closure, our team has been deep cleaning the whole venue and working out how we can sustainably cope with social distancing itself and the lower capacities which social distancing will demand. We’ve been assessing how each part of our programme operates and how we can continue to keep visitors, coaches and staff safe, which will remain our number one priority.
When the time comes to visit you’ll see some changes. Our staff may be wearing face masks, we may have changed our entrances and exits, you may have to queue, you’ll have to pre-book everything, we’ll be providing hand cleansing stations and, of course, you must practice social distancing. Find out more about how we're keeping our visitors and staff safe.
We want you all back as soon as we can. Visitors are what we’re here for – we can’t wait to see you all again, so please bear with us.