Bury St Edmunds tour guides are ready to go on July 4

PUBLISHED: 16:27 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:35 01 July 2020

Bury St Edmunds tour guides are Good to Go from July 4. From left, Melanie Mills, Adrian Tindall and John Saunders. Photo: Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Bury St Edmunds tour guides are Good to Go from July 4. From left, Melanie Mills, Adrian Tindall and John Saunders. Photo: Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

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Tours of historic Bury St Edmunds restart on July 4 with safety measures in place and a booking system. Find out here how to book

The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, are a popular place to visit in summer. Photo: Sarah Lucy BrownThe Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, are a popular place to visit in summer. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Tours of Bury St Edmunds restart on July 4 at the town’s tour guides are among the first guiding services to have been awarded the We’re Good to Go Visit England tourism industry standard.

The standard assures visitors that the guides are following Government advice to safeguard against Covid-19.

Chairman Adrian Tindall explains: “Safety has always been at the forefront of our tours. To manage social distancing requirements, we will now only accept online bookings, have smaller group sizes and modify our routes.”

Among other changes the guides will be wearing new style branded gilets to indicate that they have all been accredited to the national standard.

“We will still be delivering daily tours at 2pm and this is an excellent way of getting your daily exercise while learning about our wonderful town,” Adrian added. The price of £7 also remains unchanged.

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In March the tour guides took over the former Rangers’ Hut in Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens to use as their base. It needed a bit of a makeover so they became volunteer painters, decorators and cleaners. They got the job done just as lockdown was imposed.

Now, as they restart tours, the guides have added their new signage. “Although we will not be using the hut as a public venue, it helps us to have such a prominent site and is a great advantage in advertising what we do,” says Adrian.

For full details about tours and how to book go to www.burystedmundstourguides.org



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