Following the severe cold and snow of recent weeks, the National Trust staff at Avebury have risen to a number of unexpected challenges.
Within a few days of being snowed in, the team at Avebury have dried out a leak in the shop and re-stocked, had the heating repaired in the manor and a pop-up café has been set up following water damage which has closed the Circles Cafe.
The repair to Circles Café will take some months, however the pop-up café in the education centre nearby will make sure that visitors can still get hot drinks, cake and other refreshments.
Louise Grattan, Catering Manager explains, “It was hard to come in and see our lovely café in such a state. However, I’m really proud of my catering team who’ve pulled together and in just a few days managed to set up a pop-up café so that visitors can come into the warm and indulge in some tea and cake. Over the next few weeks we’ll improve the range of food and drink that we have available”.
In addition to the pop-up café, the Coach House Café in Avebury High Street, and the Avebury Manor Tea-room will be open by Easter.
Jan Tomlin, Wiltshire Landscape General Manager said, “To have reached the point where we can open to visitors again in such a short time is an amazing achievement. I find it really heartening that our fantastic team have managed this with a great spirit and wonderful ingenuity. Most of the site is open to the public again, and I’m confident that our visitors will keep having a very enjoyable time and warm welcome here at Avebury.”
To protect the underlying archaeology of this World Heritage Site, most of the henge, stone circle and West Kennet Avenue will remain closed until the ground condition improves. It is being monitored closely and as parts dry out they will be opened when possible.
To keep up to date with the condition of the henge, updates on the café and list of events at Avebury go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury.