Use of Bute Park during the Covid-19 pandemic (Updated 28.07.2021)

First published 8th Jul, 2021

Cardiff’s parks remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic and play an important role in supporting the good health and wellbeing of citizens. Bute Park continues to be a popular part of people’s daily routines during lockdown but it is vital that the latest Welsh Government guidance is followed in order to manage the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19.

Park Locking Update (21.07.2021)

Following the incidents over the last week a decision has been taken to reinstate dusk locking of Bute Park with immediate effect. This means the park gate locking will commence from 30 mins before the coming Sunday’s sunset time.

Weekly updated are available in the website dropdown header.

Unlocking each morning will occur by approx. 7am.

Public toilets within Bute Park

Public toilets are recognised under Welsh Government guidelines as facilities with a high risk of contamination from bodily fluids containing the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19. As such they have been closed on public health grounds.

Disabled toilet facility now available at the Secret Garden Café and Pettigrew Tea Rooms.

The toilets within Bute Park are operated and managed by our catering concession holders, not by the Council itself. The Council recognises the challenges private businesses face in the wake of the pandemic crisis and will support our tenants in opening the public toilets when it is safe and practical for them to do so.

We recognise the inconvenience this may cause to park users but we must ensure that public safety remains the overriding priority. With people being encouraged to stay local, we are confident use of Bute Park can be planned around the absence of on-site toilet facilities at this time.  

Bute Park Visitor Centre

The Bute Park Visitor Centre is currently closed to visitors and for conference bookings. We are reviewing our arrangements and will resume opening when possible.

Bute Park Plant Shop

The Bute Park Plant Shop reopened on Wednesday 31st March 2021.

We’ll be open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. The opening ours are 10am to 3pm.

Our Plant Shop is currently located outside the walls of the nursery, in front of the Visitor Centre and Secret Garden Café.

While most people love the shop being outside we’ve had a few disappointed that they can’t get into the nursery. We bring out the same choice of plants as you would find in the shop but this helps us stay more Covid-safe and gives everyone a chance to have a browse.

On rainy days we plan on using the shop space to keep us dry.

While Covid restrictions are in place we currently aren’t able to hold tours and classes but will do so as soon as we are able.

Cardiff Boat

The Princess Katharine will be back in service from Saturday May 1st 2021.

Boats on the hour from 10am at Cardiff Bay and half past the hour from 10.30am at Bute Park near Pettigrew Tea Rooms.

Last boat from Bute Park at 4.30pm

You can also book a private heritage tour on board their vintage open boat – Singfly!

Pettigrew Tea Rooms open for takeaway

Take away and outdoor seating is available on the terrace at Pettigrew Tea Rooms from Monday 26th April (operating the under current social distancing regulations).

A disabled toilet within the courtyard of West Lodge will be open for customers of Pettigrew Tea Rooms on a 1 in 1 out basis from Monday 26th April 21. Non-customers can request access but for operational reasons and to ensure the safety of all this remains at the business’s discretion.

Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Open daily 10am – 4pm or 10am – 6pm (to make the most of the nice weather).

Secret Garden Cafe open for takeaway only

The Secret Garden Cafe is open offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations.

Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Disabled toilet facility now available at the Secret Garden Café.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Handlebar Barista

Handlebar Barista serve takeaway barista coffee, drinks and snacks between three sites in the north of the park.

Servini’s at the Summerhouse

The business will operate under current social distancing regulations.

Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Open daily 8am to 5pm (9am to 5pm on Sundays).

Fitness equipment

All nine of the city’s outdoor gyms re-opened on Monday 20th July 2020.

Prior to re-opening, equipment and safety surfaces have been checked.  To help ensure safety, please remember to:

–          wash or sanitise hands, before, after and during using the equipment

–          keep a 2 metre distance from others not in your household

Woodland Balance Trail

Across Cardiff play areas have been opened on phased basis, following a safety first approach and with a view to ensuring that children across the city have some play provision in their local area as quickly as possible.

Prior to re-opening, equipment and safety surfaces have been checked, and changes have been made to help maintain social distancing and minimise risk of transmitting Covid-19 – for example, some swing seats may have been removed to ensure a 2 metre distance is maintained. 

The Woodland Balance Trail reopened on 27th July. If you or anyone in your household are showing any coronavirus symptoms, please do not use the equipment. To help ensure safety:

–          wash or sanitise hands, before, after and during using the equipment

–          keep a 2 metre distance from others not in your household

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Bute Park Team