Spring has sprung and all of a sudden things seem a little more positive, and now we have the Government’s road map out of lockdown we can start preparing for Compass Card families to get back out and about enjoying the leisure discounts the card has to offer. There are a number of stages to the road map, the first being children and young people going back to school or college, which happened on Monday 8 March. So here’s what is going to happen next!
Monday 29 March
From this date outdoor sport and leisure, organised outdoor activities and all outdoor children’s activities can recommence. What this means for Compass Card holders is that once again you can use your Compass Card to play tennis, golf and crazy golf. You can even take part is some fun water activities with Buzz Active or enjoy a whole host of adventure activities at Fort Purbrook. There’s also fun crazy golf to be had at Norfolk Gardens in Littlehampton and Wildforest Falls in Hotham Park, Bognor.
There’s a whole host of outdoor fun at Out Of Bounds, in Angmering, including adventure golf, foot golf, disc golf and jumping pillows or if you prefer something a little more sedate how about a visit to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Horsham or High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden in Handcross.
If it’s beach weather don’t forget there’s a Compass Card offer at Yellowave in Brighton, where you can play beach volleyball, and there’s also a discount for card holders at the Cafe at Yellowave.
We know many Compass Card holders have missed having the opportunity to go horse riding so you’ll be pleased to know we have a number of centres where you can get a Compass discount; Happy Valley Riding School in Shoreham, Hunters Lodge Riding Centre near Chichester, Quarry Farm Riding Stables in Lingfield and Sussex Equestrian Centre in Ashington.
And for the sport lovers out there we have a brand new offer with South Coast Sports, who provide a number of sporting opportunities across West Sussex. There’s a 10% discount on all community sessions for Compass Card holders so it’s well worth a look.
Cafes remain open for takeaway only and, although theatres are still closed, we have kept them live on the offers page as you are able to book for future performances. The rule of six, or two households only outdoors, applies so do keep that in mind when planning where to go. So why not head to our offer’s page right now to see where you can go with your Compass Card this spring!
Monday 12 April
Now this date is the one we’ve been really excited about. Not only can we all now get a haircut, but all retail will open, along with libraries, gyms, children’s activities and outdoor hospitality. This means that the vast majority of our Compass Card offers will be back up and running.
So first things first, that all important haircut! If you can get to Worthing then a trip to The Tidy Penguin is a must. There’s an offer for Compass Card holders and parent carers and they are a fully inclusive salon. Alternatively Jodee Hair and Nails will come to you, if you live in Brighton & Hove or certain parts of West Sussex. And if you fancy a pamper she also does nail and eyebrow treatments, along with lash lifts.
Lots of us have missed being up close to animals, so it’s a huge relief to know that we can now visit farms and zoos. And what’s even better is that we have lots of these types of Compass Card Partners, so not only do you get a great day out but you also save money. You could visit The British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, Blackberry Farm in Whitesmith, Godstone Farm in Surrey, The Llama Park in Forest Row, Marwell Zoo in Winchester, Staunton Farm & Country Park in Havant or Stoneywish Nature Reserve in Ditchling.
If history and heritage is more your thing then why not take a trip to Butser Ancient Farm in Waterlooville or Weald and Downland Living Museum near Chichester.
Libraries are now able to open, although it’s worth checking to make sure your local library has reopened. You can find the Compass Card listing for Brighton & Hove here and West Sussex here.
Exercise is so good for our physical and mental wellbeing so gyms and pools reopening is a very welcome step forwards. To find your local leisure centre or swimming pool just head to our offers page and use the ‘sport, health & fitness’ filter to locate the one closest to you or the one which has the activity you would like to do. Climbing centres, including Boulder Brighton and Volume 1 in East Grinstead have also reopened, so why not try something new.
We know how much everyone has missed all those things we used to take for granted so now is the time to head over to the Compass Card offers page and check out what else is on offer. Maybe, after such a long time, you might want to try something new. If you’d prefer to look at the offers on a ‘phone then just download the FREE Compass Card app and get scrolling (don’t forget you can search or filter for specific activities if you prefer). As with the last stage the rule of six, or two households outdoors, still applies.
Monday 17 May
This has been such a long time coming that we feel we should accompany it with some kind or fanfare, or at least a drumroll! Finally indoor hospitality (cafes and restaurants), indoor entertainment and attractions (cinemas, theatres, bowling), organised indoor sport and outdoor entertainment and performances can recommence. The rule of six, or two households, still applies but that now applies indoors as well as outdoors.
Monday 21 June
Providing everything has gone to plan with the previous steps then this is the date that most restrictions will lift, with no legal limit on social contact and larger events and nightclubs reopening. So keep an eye out for news on the Bluebird and Blue Starfish club nights; we’ll tell you when they are back on in Compass News, our E-Newsletter, and on social media.
It is important to note that throughout all these stages theatres are remaining open for bookings, so that you are able to book performances for after 17 May. As with everything throughout the pandemic, these dates are subject to change but we will keep you as up to date as we can. If you’d like more information about the easing of lockdown you can head to the UK Government Coronavirus website here.