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Priory's reopening is elementary after seal of approval

Llanthony Secunda Priory has been awarded We're Good To Go status ahead of its reopening this weekend after the coronavirus lockdown.

The priory, near Gloucester Docks, is returning with a weekend of events which includes an outdoor performance of Sherlock Holmes tonight.

More than 100 people are expected to see the ticketed show by theatre company The Pantaloons on the Inner Court Lawns.

And on Sunday the priory, which has been shut for more than five months, will host an open day when visitors can explore the grounds and buildings, together with an Illustrated Fragments exhibition curated by local artist Jacqui Grange.

Entrance is free but visitors are asked to register in advance at llanthonysecunda.org/events.

The We're Good To Go award reflects the work which has been undertaken by staff to ensure the venue is COVID-secure.

Heritage manager Emma Davies said: "As well as limiting numbers in our buildings, we have prepared one-way routes to help visitors to maintain social distancing.

"As per government advice, we're also asking that visitors wear a face covering inside and hand sanitiser stations will be available in several places."

She continued: "Sadly, there are some restrictions, and the biggest change is the restricted access to the Lady Margaret Hall, which will be accessible by short tours in small groups only.

"We're pleased our grounds have remained open throughout lockdown and we're delighted to be opening our buildings once again this weekend.'

The Illuminated Fragments exhibition features artworks inspired by Llanthony's medieval illuminated manuscripts with archaeological finds on display.

Several artefacts discovered during the Re-Formation Project will be on show for the first time.

Visitors will get a second chance to see the exhibition during the Heritage Open Days weekend from September 11-14 when the priory buildings will be open from 11am-3pm with free admission.

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