The Heights of Abraham cable cars and 60 acre country park are now back in full swing following the reopening of the award winning Peak District attraction in July. Having been granted the national industry standard ‘We’re Good to Go‘, the hugely popular family destination has various COVID-19 safety and social distancing measures in place to ensure guests’ safety.
Rupert Pugh, (Development Director), said today: “Our team have been working hard to ensure that the cable cars, cavern tours, exhibitions and playgrounds are ready for visitors to enjoy the rest of the summer. We’ve been amazed at the level of support and encouragement from the public during the last few months, and tickets are selling fast since we went back online ”.
One of the best loved features here is the legendary Punch and Judy show and it’s puppeteer celebrated its 15th year at Heights this week with a candy-striped birthday cake complete with a replica of Punch’s famous hat, presented by Heights Chairman Andrew Pugh and his wife Vanessa.
Punch almost didn’t make it to the Heights this year, as COVID-19 restrictions meant that live performances looked like being off the cards for the summer. At the last minute, with just a few days to go, the government regulations changed and the popular show was able to take place.
Richard performs his show four times a day, and he’s had to make a number of changes to ensure that his audience complies with the latest COVID-secure guidelines, “there’s no shouting allowed!”, explains Richard, “so the audience is taught a range of hand signals, claps and waves in order to participate in the show. We’ve spaced out the seating to allow for distance between every bubble, and we’ve relocated the puppet booth to a new wonderful location against a stunning backdrop of the Derwent Valley”.
“You can’t beat a good laugh in times like these” believes Richard, who started performing at the Heights in 2005.
Enjoying the outdoors is more now more appealing than ever and the 60 acre country park offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Peak District and Derwent Valley and an ideal day out for all the family. Visitors can still enjoy everything that Heights usually offers, albeit slightly differently.
“We’ve introduced new safety features and social distancing protocols on the cable cars, in cavern tours and throughout the visitor complex. Guest numbers are also limited throughout the day to ease any congestion,” says Rupert.
“We have installed over 20 hand sanitiser points and 18 brand new hand washing stations at key locations, introduced one way routes to help with social distancing, and rearranged our catering spaces to allow for plenty of space both inside and out. We have also increased the fresh air flow through our cable cars, giving you a real oxygen boost as you glide over the Derwent Valley”.
What else is there to see and do at Heights?
The spectacular cable car ride high is just the start of a truly unique, value-for-money day out, as all the attractions are free to access when the cable car arrives at the summit.
Tinkers Shaft, a former mining shaft now fully restored, has a viewing platform where you can marvel at the incredible views across the Derbyshire Dales as well as a dramatic vertical view into the Great Masson Cavern.
A short distance away and nestled into the hillside is the Woodland Adventure play area. Further along the zig-zag path is the Victoria Prospect Tower and by following paths down the hill through the forest garden, is the entrance to the Great Rutland Cavern. Picnic spots are dotted around the grounds providing more scope to explore the estate or simply to relax in natural surroundings.
Want to know more about the history of Heights? Take a deeper look at the development of The Heights of Abraham at their very own film exhibition at the Masson Pavilion and learn how and why Britain’s first alpine style cable car system was built, all those years ago.
Continue your adventure and go deep underground! Take a guided tour of their famous show caverns once used by lead miners; Great Masson and Rutland Cavern were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns.
If you’re in need of a well deserved cup of tea or fancy some lunch, the Vista Bar & Restaurant, the Terrace Café and the Tavern all offer great choices with fabulous views across the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. It is advisable to book your table in advance of your visit.
Cable car tickets must be booked in advance on via their website.
From Monday 3rd August The Heights of Abraham is supporting the Eat Out to Help Out promotion in their Vista restaurant and Terrace café. Offering up to £10 off food and non-alcoholic beverages on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the month of August. Terms and conditions apply.
Click here for detailed information about the changes that visitors can expect at The Heights of Abraham as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 safety measures introduced.
Dogs are welcome on the cable car and around the grounds as long as they are kept on a lead. If you are planning on eating in their café, your four legged friend can join you for lunch on the outdoor cafe terrace.
Entry / Tickets: Adult £19, Child £13, Senior Citizen £16, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £60, Senior family (2 seniors and 2 children) £55, Under 5s free.
The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT
T: 01629 582365