Reopening and Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions


Please make sure you have a valid ticket if you are coming to our historic galleries and that you either have it on your phone or printed out ready to show our volunteers.

Please use hand sanitiser before entering our buildings.

Please wear a face covering when entering our indoor spaces, this is now a mandatory government guideline for museums.

Please make your way to our visitors centre to get a site map and for any information about your visit. You can also download the map here.


How do I book my tickets?

You can pre-book your tickets online, tickets will go on sale to our Friends, volunteers and neighbours on Thursday 16 July and will be on general sale from Monday 20 July.

You will need to bring your ticket on either your smart phone or printed out to show our volunteers on arrival. Click here to find out more.

Why do I have to pre-book my tickets?

We're asking all visitors to pre-book tickets to help us control numbers. This will mean that your arrival at the gallery will be smoother and we can maintain social distancing.

Why do I have to book a timeslot for my visit?

Your time slot helps us maintain social distancing and make your arrival smoother. You can arrive at any time in your and should make your way straight to the gallery. You are then free to stay for as long as you would like to explore our site.

You will need to book your tickets before you arrive on site.

I'm a Friend/volunteer/neighbour. Why do I have to book?

We're asking all visitors to pre-book tickets to help us control numbers. This will mean that your arrival at the gallery will be smoother and we can maintain social distancing. Please make sure you bring your membership card with you and show it to our volunteer with your tickets.


How will you enforce social distancing?

Our visitor facing teams have received training on social distancing measures and speaking to visitors. They may speak to anyone who they feel aren't following guidelines.

Please remember that someone may have a hidden disability or family groups may not be obvious at first so our team will check in before taking further action. In extreme cases if someone is not respecting our staff, volunteers and visitors they may be asked to leave.

If you are concerned about anyone's behaviour, please speak to a member of our team. We ask you to help us to remain open and everyone to have an enjoyable visit by following the guidelines.

Will there be hand sanitiser on site?

Hand sanitiser will be provided on site at the entrance points to buildings and at key locations. Hand washing facilities are also available and there will be signage reminding people to wash their hands or use sanitiser.

We are providing hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities for our staff. Our staff and public facilities will be checked regularly and topped up where necessary.

How will you manage cleaning?

We have an in-house cleaning team who will be cleaning our site prior to opening and making checks throughout the day. The rest of our team will also be supporting the cleaning team in specific areas such as our shop and Tea Shop.

Please speak to a member of the team if you have any concerns.

Will staff wear masks and PPE?

Staff and volunteers will be provided with masks and PPE. We have carried out risk assessments and in areas where PPE and masks are essential it will be mandatory that staff and volunteers use it. In areas where it isn't essential staff and volunteers are able to wear PPE if they feel more comfortable.

We are using Perspex screens in some areas instead of masks.

Food and drink

When will the Tea Shop reopen?

The Tea Shop is now open.

We have reduced the capacity for the Tea Shop, introduced one way systems, increased cleaning and provided PPE for our staff. We will also be providing table service to ensure a contactless experience. We ask our visitors to wear a face covering whilst inside the Tea Shop, this may be removed to eat and drink. In addition to this we will provide outdoor seating and a new takeaway menu. Find out more here


Are your toilets open?

Yes, our toilets are now open.


Can I bring my dog to WGAV?

Dogs are permitted in the woodlands around Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, we request that you keep them on a leash. Within our buildings certified guide dogs and therapy dogs are welcome.