BURGHLEY Park is to be partially closed to all pedestrians and unauthorised vehicles in the weeks leading up to September’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, in a move designed to ensure public safety during the site build and breakdown periods for this world renowned event.
Access to Burghley House via the main house entrance gates on Barnack Road and access to the lower park via Station Gate entrance during the period will be unaffected.
The decision to close the central area of the historic Stamford parkland has been driven by increasing regulation of all UK construction sites.
Event Director, Elizabeth Inman, said: “Previous attempts to restrict movement through the build site have had limited success, and we have had instances of joggers and even parents with pushchairs ignoring stewards and going round or under cordoned off areas, leading us to have to make the difficult decision to completely close the area.”
“For five weeks prior to the event and for two after it the central area of the Park becomes a building site, with fork lift trucks, large vehicles and heavy plant, and it is an extremely dangerous area for unauthorised people, especially children. Burghley Horse Trials has grown phenomenally over the last 15 years or so, and what we have to put in place to run the event is almost akin to the size and facilities of a small town, and with the safety of our visitors our paramount concern we just can’t take any chances.”
Burghley Horse Trials was recently named in the Financial Times as the eighth largest sporting event in the UK by attendance in 2014 (Figs: Deloitte UK).
The restricted area, which will be clearly signposted at key points, will come into force on Monday 3 August, through to Thursday 3 September, when the event officially starts. The measures will then be reapplied from Monday 7 September to Friday 18 September (inclusive) for the breakdown period.
For further press information contact:
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials press officer
Tel: 07768 462601