The National Trust shop in Avebury has reopened after being closed for nearly five months.
The restrictions imposed in order to control the pandemic meant that the shop, like many others, was unable to open to visitors until appropriate measures could be put in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff.
Eva Stuetzenberger, Operations Manager for the National Trust Wiltshire Landscape, said: “It’s such a relief to be able to get things back to ‘normal’ again.
"We’ve felt the absence of the shop as a crucial part of our visitor offer and we’re really pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to an additional element of the site.
"As a next step we are looking into re-opening our volunteer-led second-hand bookshop on the High Street, which has been badly missed by visitors, the community and volunteers and staff at the trust alike”.
Shop manager Di Vickers said: “I was so excited to be able to open the doors again to the beautiful Avebury NT shop. It had been closed for a long time and I’d really missed the buzz that comes from a job like mine.
"Being able to safely welcome visitors back into the shop has been amazing and I’m constantly being told how much we’ve been missed and how great it is to see the shop open again.”
Much of Avebury has been open since the end of June, including the local shops and pub, so that visitors can once again experience all aspects of the village.
During the good weather the village has been bustling with visitors enjoying the history and open space.
Although some parts of the location remain closed, people are encouraged to explore Avebury’s wider World Heritage Site landscape, and the shop has a range of products especially for the outdoors.
The trust says the opening of the National Trust shop, along with the Circles Restaurant, which has been open for a few weeks, means visitors to Avebury Old Farmyard can once again relax with a cream scone and a browse.
Further information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury