Silly Saturday- Out and About

Monday is England’s next step on the ‘roadmap’ to normality. Wherever you are you may be closing down or opening up or more likely your leaders are doing another u-turn. Normality is a long way off and though you might read messages on line from your favourite places – ‘Welcome Back’ – do they really mean it? Here are some nice places you probably won’t be able to go to…


Bridges open, but one way only, bad luck if you’re on the wrong side of the river.


Dreaming about eating out? Stick to dreamland, everywhere else is fully booked.


Must have beach app on phone to check if you are allowed to visit.

Portland Bill

Lighthouses – good for social distancing, but only one visitor at a time.

The Moon

Someone else got their first, closed until further notice.

Cruise Ships

Cruises currently limited to passengers who have been vaccinated and are good at rowing.


Wales, different rules to England, you may not be allowed to cross the border.

Salisbury Cathedral

Cathedrals are always interesting to visit, but this may be as near as you can get. Enter only if you are fully masked and have had a negative Covid test.

Air museums

Museums are popular outings, especially if it’s raining, but book in advance for your thirty minute slot, book separately in advance for a cafe fifteen minute slot.


Scottish holy island – ferry only goes once a day. Scotland has different rules to England and Wales so you may not be allowed across the border… what a shame, you would really have loved Iona…

Kingston Lacey

National Trust houses always popular for an outing; they are opening up again – of course you have to book in advance and once inside will have to walk round in single file, one way only, no stopping or turning back…

A Big Country House

Chances of getting inside here for a look round? Very unlikely…. unless you live there.

Where will you go for your next outing?

22 thoughts on “Silly Saturday- Out and About

  1. We flew for the first time in over a year last week. Everyone behaved themselves and wore their masks. I’ve returned to the gym as well. It’s harder with a mask on, but that’s a small price to pay.

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  2. I am considering booking a restaurant inside for the end of next week. It has been far too cold and wet to even think about those ‘outside tables’. As for the rest, I expect it will be situation normal. Dog-walking in Beetley.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Nice post, great photos of interesting places to visit.
    I recently had a one day visit to the seaside, I will do a post on it soon.
    In June I have 5 day mini holiday planned , am heading up to north Queensland, let’s hope we don’t go back into Covid-19 lockdown .

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  4. We are facing a new normal. It will be interesting to see what it actually ends up looking like. Covid is going to be a shadow of us for a very, very long time. I enjoyed the little jaunt to places I probably will never see. But they were pretty!

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  5. Very funny and well thought out post 👏👏 Laughed at all of them, but London is not a place we ever want to visit again. Regards eating out, an enterprising restaurant here in the Cotswolds Park has created “pods” which look like large rigid plastic bubbles with table and four chairs inside for eating and drinking classy menu too. Waterside Kitchen & Bar. Lots of examples of folks doing this around here. A bit like eating outdoors in Scandinavia with blankets and table heaters soon!


  6. Thanks Dr. B – strangely, on our last outing in pre Covid days we discovered John Lewis in Southampton had a roof garden cafe with plastic globes and blankets – at the time it seemed quite strange – like being a hamster.


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