One of Ryedale’s most popular tourist attractions has made a decision to close over the winter.
Eden Camp says over the past two years, they have had a very difficult time as a family business making sure they can open to the same standards as normal, with covid restrictions and staff shortages causing issues.
Now the modern history museum, famous for the way it tells the story of the Second World War, will close from 31st October through until April 2023 and plans to pack all their top events and attractions into 7 months a year.
The new opening times will be April to October inclusive, 10am until 5pm 7 days a week.
A spokesperson said: “The museum will continue to fight for the future viability, the ongoing development of the business and its staff, and this is the reason we have chosen to close annually over this period.”
“We appreciate this may come as a disappointment to some however all our main events including our Living History Weekends and our All Services Parade will continue to be a fantastic day out for the family”
The spokesperson added: “The Winter period is notoriously quiet for tourist attractions and knowing that we can take advantage of those months to conduct essential maintenance and refurbishments across site means we can ensure the museum will last another 80 years for everyone to enjoy.
“Our directors, Howard Johnson and Paula Peace have dedicated time, energy and large investments into the museum and the site in general. Such examples can be seen through the new toilet facilities, roof refurbishments, the Blitz Experience and essential maintenance to our 80-year-old original POW buildings.
“To maintain such important heritage and history, we have seen it appropriate to close over what is typically a quieter time for the museum to make even more fantastic improvements to the site you know and love.”