The end of the November lockdown is in sight and we are once again busy planning our re-opening. Today it has been announced that after the November lockdown Havant Borough will be subject to Tier 2 restrictions. Wonderfully, this means we can – and will - re-open on Thursday 3 December with our usual opening times of Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
We can’t wait to welcome you back and are busy planning a very festive and magical Christmas season to try to spread some love and joy after a difficult year. We have already announced our Christmas show, The Selfish Giant, with both live and online versions to enjoy. Our other Christmas events include screenings of the incredible National Theatre Live production of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and a beautiful ballet of Cinderella among others. Our café will be serving our usual range of delicious treats, the shop is fully stocked with an abundance of Christmas gifts and we are still working as Havant’s only stockist of official Charity Christmas Cards, so there’s plenty of reason to still pop in.
As well as planning our re-opening, we’re also busy arranging a couple of very special Christmas surprises. We will be announcing these events and projects next week and we hope they will help to brighten up everyone’s December.
As well as the wonderful festival things we have planned, it is important we think about how to keep everyone safe and happy when they visit us. Tier 2 restrictions state that people from different households are not allowed to meet inside. We know that our café is a regular meeting spot for many friends and families. In order to abide by the rules we have to ask that you please only visit with people you live or are in a support bubble with. We know this isn’t as nice as catching up with other friends, but please do continue to come in. The café in particular, as a business that can’t access funding in the same way our charity can, could really do with your support at the moment. Even if you’re by yourself, there is always a friendly face to greet you. Tier 2 regulations also state that we can no longer serve alcohol except to accompany a substantial meal. We are yet to hear if there is an exemption for theatres and performing arts venues but we will continue to manage all our sales in line with regulations. To find out how else we’re keeping our visitors safe and to read about what you can expect when visiting us during the pandemic, please click here.
I am aware that some of our audiences may have bought tickets to come to a performance with members of another household. Sadly, we cannot allow mixed groups to attend. If you are in this position please contact the box office who will arrange either a refund or a credit voucher for the tickets you can no longer use.
We believe that the tiers will be reviewed every fortnight. I am really hoping Havant remains in Tier 2. If regulations increase to a tier 3 The Spring will again have to close, which would be a huge shame just before Christmas, when I think we’re at our best! We’ll continue to try to work creatively, flexibly and to bring some joy and light to the end of the year, whatever the next few weeks hold.
We hope to see you at The Spring in the next few weeks for a sparkly, festive time.
Sophie and the team at The Spring x