Use of Bute Park during the Covid-19 pandemic (Updated 03.03.2021)

First published 3rd Mar, 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.

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.

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.  

Blackweir Bridge reopened on 03.03.2021

Please follow the advice displayed on new signage at the bridge.

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 is currently closed, we look forward to welcoming you back in the Spring.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms open for takeaway only

Pettigrew Cwtch opened on Saturday 14th June 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.  

Open daily 10am – 4pm.

Secret Garden Cafe open for takeaway only

Secret Garden Cafe opened on Thursday 2nd July 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.

Summerhouse Café Closed (18.10.20)

The Summerhouse Café has now closed.

Fitness equipment now open

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

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 now open

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