The sudden but necessary temporary closure of Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens took place with the safety and wellbeing of visitors in mind. Much of the parkland had planned to be open throughout the duration of the Parks for People project, however, following instances of people accessing dangerous and restricted areas, health and safety professionals advised that the attraction should be closed until major work has been completed.
We understand how important the parkland is to visitors and taking this into consideration further work has taken place to find an alternative solution which will allow some of the parkland to be reopened on Saturday, 18 January. This will provide a safe access route through the parkland to Cannon Hall farm via the main path from the Cannon Hall, Museum Park and Gardens car park towards the Hall.
All the attractions in the village (Cannon Hall, Museum, Park and Gardens, The Pavilion Café, Cannon Hall Farm and Cannon Hall Garden Centre) have worked together to ensure disruption to residents and visitors is to an absolute minimum.
The Hall itself is closed and sections of the parkland are fenced off as work continues. These fenced off areas must not be entered by members of the public as they are dangerous to enter.
Cannon Hall Farm, the award winning family attraction, is open for business as usual offering a wonderful family day.
Cannon Hall Garden Centre, a relaxing place to browse, shop and eat is also open as usual with ample customer parking available.
The Pavilion (on site café), which was due to close for a short period of time as part of the restoration work had shut earlier than expected. The café and Barnsley Museums, who have a long standing and positive relationship, have worked together to minimise any negative impact this may have on their business and customers. The café will reopen for two days on Saturday, 18 and Sunday 19 January before closing for a further two weeks for refurbishment work - opening fully on Saturday, 1 February. As part of the project, the Pavilion and the area surrounding the café will be undergoing some transformational changes that will offer an improved visitor experience.
The Pet Crematorium, found in the grounds of Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens also remains open for business by appointment and can be contacted on 01226 206053.
Barnsley Museums, Cannon Hall Farm, The Pavilion Café and Cannon Hall Gardens Centre would like to thank people for their support and patience during this time, and are looking forward to the exciting changes the project will bring in the future.