Date announced for free locals day at Forbidden Corner

Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Richmondshire residents will be able to enjoy free entry to a popular Yorkshire Dales attraction next month.

The Forbidden Corner, in Coverdale, has announced its first free entry day for locals will take place on Thursday, June 16.

Free entry will be offered to those in the DL8, 9, 10 and 11 postcode areas.

The event is set to be a sell-out with the park recently reopening with a host of new sculptures and attractions, as well as an updated cafe area and potting shed offering fresh doughnuts and refreshments.

Opening times have been extended as part of the event with last admissions at 5pm and the gardens staying open until 7pm.

Two classes from two local schools will also be given free entry to the quirky attraction prior to the general public as part of the exclusive event plans.

The open day has been set up as a way for the park to give back to the local community following the pandemic and a tough couple of years.

Charitable donations will be able to be made throughout the day in aid of The Jessica Bethell Foundation, a charity that raises vital funds for meningitis research.

Darren Weatherill, operations manager at the attraction, said: “The support of our neighbours and the local community really means a lot to us and this open day is our way of giving something back whilst also raising some money for a great cause.

“This is one of our first steps in our plans to become a local hub of the local community and Coverdale.”

2022 has been a bumper year for the park as they saw their most successful reopening with thousands of visitors coming to experience it for themselves every week since April.

Regarding the successful reopening Mr Weatherill said: “Our potting shed kiosk has proven extremely popular with visitors and our soft serve ice cream and donuts have been a firm favourite.

“The addition of our brand-new app The Forbidden Corner Quest has also increased the level of engagement our customers are getting from the whole experience.”

The event will be first come first served with all tickets having to be booked in advance.

Those who attend the park’s free event will need to show proof of their address on the day.

To book tickets or for more information, including the terms and conditions, click here.