The Covid-19 crisis has hit our local attractions hard, with many now fighting for survival. The snow at the end of 2020 hasn't helped matters either. Let's try and support them if we can, so that they are still standing when the restrictions are lifted, and we can enjoy them once again.
Severn Valley Railway
This crisis has hit the Severn Valley Railway very hard. With the Railway now closed, our income from visitors has disappeared. We don’t know how long this situation will continue. It comes on the back of the flooding a few weeks ago, and the fact that we had to close the line between Kidderminster and Bewdley because of essential repairs to Falling Sands Viaduct. The consequent 75% drop in passengers in our first weeks of operation this year meant we were already up against things. To make a donation or to purchase share, follow this link. Click here.
The Zoo has been closed again following Government advice. Rest assured, during this closure it will still be business as usual for our dedicated keeping staff, who will continue to ensure our 1,600-strong animal collection receive the best care possible. However the zoo is run as a non for profit charity and we do rely on our fantastic visitors tickets to help us with the upkeep of our animals. Obviously during this period we have no income coming into the zoo to help with the care for our wildlife and we hoped our supporters may be able to help. We understand these are difficult times for us all but with your support we know we will get through this and we look forwarding to seeing you all again as soon as possible at Dudley Zoo and Castle. To help fun animal care, click here.
Wild Zoological Park
This privately run zoo is owned by Zac who describes it as a ‘little zoo making a big impact’. He is so concerned that the animals are fed and taken care of they he recently made an appeal on social media. The zoo relies on the cash flow created by a steady stream of visitors during the school holidays, in order to feed the animals. Although the zoo is closed now, you can help by purchasing an open dated ticket for use later in the year, by adopting an animal, or by purchasing merchandise from the online shop. Click here.
West Midland Safari Park
A Safari e-Gift Voucher is the perfect gift for that special someone. Maybe a family member has a birthday coming up? Whilst you can't visit the park at the moment, you could help with cashflow by purchasing tickets in advance. Choose a denomination from £5 – £250 and your friend or family member can use this to purchase e-tickets, Annual Passes and online extras for up to 12 months! Click here.
Black Country Living Museum
The Tipton based attraction has made this appeal: ‘As an independent charity, over 90% of our income comes from our visitors. This is something we’re extremely proud of, but it also means that we’re incredibly vulnerable. Please consider buying a ticket now to use when we re-open, or making a donation of any amount you choose on our JustGiving page (No matter how small, every single penny will help us survive during this challenging time. Thank you, stay safe and keep out the ‘oss road. Click here.
Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
Help to keep DCTT afloat by making a donation:’ It still costs over £1000 a day to look after the tunnels, our digital outreach and our staff even though we'll have no income from visitors onsite. Help us keep protecting and sharing Dudley Tunnel with you through these difficult times.’ For example, donate £2.50, how much you might usually pay for a hot drink in the cafe, and DCTT will be able to create a video for their social media channels.
All Things Wild
At All Things Wild, near Banbury, it costs around £12,000 per month, whilst they are shut, just to keep the animals fed and cared for.
“After the terrible storms and floods last winter, our very low reserves will soon be completely used up. Please help us, if you can, to keep our beautiful animals fed and cared for until we can re-open.”
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Like theatres all over the country, our doors are closed for now and we need your support to ensure we can re-open as soon as possible. The Royal Shakespeare Company is a charity and our mission is to transform lives through amazing experiences of Shakespeare and great theatre. If you can, please consider supporting us by making a donation and Keep Your RSC.
Your support is more important than ever and we are asking everyone to do what they can:
- Give back the cost of tickets rather asking for a refund if performances are cancelled
- Support as a Member or Patron – you’ll enjoy some great benefits when the theatres reopen
- Increase your level of support if you are already a Member or Patron
- Make a donation – any gift, of any size, will make a difference and is greatly appreciated
However you are able to play your part, your support will help create theatre at its best, unlock Shakespeare for others and transform lives. To donate, click here.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
For 100 years The Rep has been a pioneering force at the forefront of theatre in the UK. Throughout our history, The Rep has faced many challenges and today we are experiencing an extraordinary and unexpected chapter in our story. We now need to ask you for your help in these very difficult days, to ensure that the show will go on and the curtain will rise again.
Renowned for out artistic development and community outreach programmes, we bring new works to life for the first time, give people their first ever experience of theatre and provide a first step in countless careers. We hope to be able to return to making and sharing theatre as soon as possible, be we cannot do it alone. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our audiences already and would ask that if you are able to make a donation to support the survival of The Rep, please click here.
Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Museums Trust is a registered Charity and relies upon donations to run many of its exciting learning and engagement programmes. As well as helping them to continue to provide excellent exhibitions and displays across nine sites, donations will enable the Trust to maintain and manage these properties and collections while closed. Click here.
British Motor Museum
In light of the current government advice the Museum is currently closed and we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone or cancel many of our events, so we have lost our main source of income. WE NEED YOUR HELP. The British Motor Museum is a registered charity which receives no core government funding, we rely on visitor income to conserve and display the history of the British motor industry for future generations. Without your help Covid-19 will have a significant impact on our future. Please help us if you can, any donation, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Click here.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
We have over 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules living at our sites across the UK and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing vets and equine carers who, in challenging times, are still ensuring our residents get the very best of care. If you would like to donate to help us be there for them, please click here. As a registered charity 100% funded by donations from the public, your support really does go a long way, especially now. Thank you!
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The decision to close our doors and play our part in containing the virus poses a significant financial challenge for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. As the independent charity dedicated to sharing Shakespeare’s works, life and times with the world, we rely on the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends for 98% of our income to help conserve the priceless Shakespearian heritage in our care. The majority is generated by visitors between April and September. Our income for the year is now at risk. The historic homes and collections in our care have withstood the storms of five centuries, but we need your support now more than ever to ensure they do so again. While we are closed, we still face essential costs to keep the world’s richest Shakespearian heritage in Stratford-upon-Avon safe and in good repair, ready to inspire the world afresh with our playwright’s timeless stories. Please support us if you possibly can.
The National Memorial Arboretum
Whilst you can't currently visit us, you can keep supporting us from home, so that when we meet again some sunny day, we are in great shape to welcome you back and continue the great work we do.
Every penny really does count so we have set up our Just Giving campaign Some Sunny Day and would be delighted if you could donate the £20 or more perhaps, the money you would have spent on site anyway in normal times. Acting together, we can get through this and have a focus to look forward to, exploring our tranquil site reflecting on, and showing gratitude for, the remarkable work all our front-line services have undertaken. Click here.
Ironbridge Museums Trust, 10 museums in Shropshire, of which Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of them, have made this appeal:
"We are a charity and an independent museum trust, and as such the next few months are crucial for us, as we are so reliant on generating income from admission fees, event income, and spending within our cafes and shops with any surplus spent on our collections and buildings. We are now facing months without revenue and this is very concerning for the future viability of the Museum.
We are not just concerned for our own future but also for our local community of which we are a part. Our Museums attract over 450,000 visitors to the region each year, spending money in local cafes and shops, also many of those visitors stay overnight in local accommodation. There are many businesses, organisations, individuals and schools that rely on us and this is an important part of who we are. Click here to donate.
Hartlebury Castle: Here's a message from the chair of the trustees at the Castle: "As you are aware, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are currently unable to open the Castle. As an independent charity, we rely on your entry fees, and any money you spend in the shop or the café to support our work preserving the Castle and providing an unmissable experience for all who visit. Being closed has a significant impact on our work, therefore we are asking for your help." You can help by making a donation, buying from the gift shop or become a Guardian of the Castle. Click here.
Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park
After the Covid-19 crisis hit, the sponsored abseil down the Furnace that would have raised vital funds, had to be cancelled. Moira Furnace is now asking for donations to help keep this historic site open, via their Facebook page. Click here.
Staffordshire's Foxfield Railway
The railway is appealing for donations as the lockdown means it is currently closed and has lost all its income. Thousands of people a year ride the steam trains through the Staffordshire Moorlands between Easter and Christmas.
"We can't wait to reopen to the public and continue preserving our local past, but for the time being it's important we try to survive with no income while staying at home and keeping safe. "We're incredibly grateful for any support that the public can offer." Click here.
Due to the Covid 19 crisis, we sadly closed our gates to visitors in March 2020 until the foreseeable future. However our work cannot stop because the world has gone into stand-still. Our 500 animals rely on our dedicated keepers and veterinary team to feed and care for them, and without any visitors this is a uncertain time for us. Since opening to the public in 1963, we have welcomed over 30 million visitors, who have all contributed to our incredible success as an award-winning conservation charity and visitor attraction. As animal lovers you can be a part of our success story by donating today. It costs over £650,000 a month to keep the zoo running. Every penny makes a difference. Please show your support here.
All Things Wild
All Things Wild, near Evesham, are offering Animal Adoption packages:
For £25, each adoption package you will include:
⭐️ 1 entry ticket to visit us and your
⭐️ a certificate of adoption
⭐️ an adoption gift pack to collect when you visit us.
⭐️ a regular newsletter
For more information or to make an adoption, please email: email@example.com
As an independent museum we receive no statutory, or local authority funding and our visitors are our main source of income. Following the compulsory lockdown, we have been unable to open to the public.
The Museum has furloughed as many of our employed staff as possible to reduce our costs and we have applied to outside funding bodies for assistance, but our fixed costs remain. We do not know with any certainty when we will be able to reopen and this will need to be on a limited basis, without most of our large income-earning events.
Our losses this year will be immense and potentially crippling, whilst we are currently surviving on our reserves many of these have been given to us for specific purposes and cannot be used to support our ongoing viability. Here are ways you can help the museum.