One of Chester’s top-rated visitor attractions – Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens - will not re-open as England gradually comes out of lockdown later this year.
Chester Cathedral and its Falconry and Nature Gardens closed their doors on Monday 30 March in line with the Government and national church advice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cathedral, which owns and operates the Falconry Centre, now faces the challenge of recovering from a £0.5m revenue deficit this year, which has resulted in the sad decision to close the centre, with the loss of five jobs.
The Falconry and Nature Gardens opened in July 2015 and despite receiving outstanding five star reviews from its visitors, struggled to attract significant visitor numbers irrespective of its location within the city walls.
Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford says “We are extremely saddened to find ourselves in this position, but have to face our financial insecurity head-on and take action in order to protect the future of the Cathedral itself.”
“I thank our entire Falconry Team for their hard work, passion and dedication to the Falconry Centre and to their birds too. I pray for them as they now seek new homes for the animals they love and have cared for for many years.” He adds.
The Cathedral is now in the process of contacting all those that had pre-booked Experiences, annual passes and sponsorship packages for the Falconry Centre to discuss their booking, and ask if that could be turned into a donation towards the future of the Cathedral.