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It’s Great to Be Back!

First visitors after lockdown at the World of James Herriot welcomed by The Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright

Ian Ashton, managing director, Peter Wright, The Yorkshire Vet, John and Linda Begin from Loughborough.

Ian Ashton, managing director, Peter Wright, The Yorkshire Vet, John and Linda Begin from Loughborough.


Peter Wright, Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet was on hand with managing director Ian Ashton to welcome the aptly named John and Linda Begin. The couple, from Loughborough, on their first visit to Thirsk had stayed at Herriot Country Tourism Member Fern Cottage next door to the Centre.

Ian Ashton, our MD, adding some final touches to our new 'spick n span' visitor attraction.

Our MD adding some final touches to our new ‘spick n span’ visitor attraction.

Managing Director Ian Ashton says: “We are very pleased to have the Centre open again. We have done all we can to make visits to the Centre as good as they have always been but there have had to be changes – not least with a new one-way system. With fewer volunteers in the building to guide people, we are encouraging people to keep on the move as much as possible to observe the social distancing restrictions.”

Over the last few weeks several changes have been made to the centre – there is a new one-way system meaning that all customers now enter through the famous red door and leave via the shop. Timed tickets can be bought on-line and are restricted to 25 an hour – although people can also turn up and pay at the new entrance booth – sited within the museum ‘dining room’. And customers who don’t get the chance to watch the tribute film will be offered a free copy of it.

Kate Pawlett, our Centre Manager and Director, ensuring all our staff are fully briefed on all our new health & safety measures.

“It is a difficult time for everyone in this industry but we are pleased to be open again and hope that with the work we have done on the VisitBritain ‘We’re Good to Go’ recognition, people will feel able to come to visit safely,” said Kate Pawlett, centre manager & director. “We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, many of whom said that have greatly missed us, as we have them, so it’s good to be back even if it is a new way of doing things.”




For further information please contact: Ian Ashton, World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL.. Tel: 01845 524234. E-mail: mail@worldofjamesherriot.com

Press Contact: John Gallery, Herriot Country Tourism Group. Tel: 07967 032623. E-mail: johngallery@herriotcountry.co.uk