With April 12 less than two weeks away, we spoke to the local businesses that will be reopening their doors after months of lockdown.

Seasons of Shaftesbury, James and Emily Delport-King, owners:

“We are so excited to be opening our doors again. Having only just opened and only trading for a month in December, we cannot wait to really get up and running. We have added more tables and chairs to our outdoor area, which will be appropriately distanced. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some much-needed time out side and together, with great food and drinks.”
58a High St, Shaftesbury SP7 8AA.

The Goat at Downton, Karolina Korys-Jones, general manager:

“We cannot wait to re-open in April in line with the government guidelines, we will make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
“We will have two big marquees in our beautiful garden, and the pub will be open all day. Our chefs put together a delicious menu consisting of light bites, sandwiches, pub classics, pizza and yummy desserts. Our well stocked bar is ready to serve local ales, great gins and cocktails. We’ve got a small children’s menu and we are dog friendly too.

“It’s finally time to sit around our inviting fire pit and have a well-deserved catch up with friends and family!”
62 The Borough, Downton, Salisbury SP5 3LY

The Old Ale and Coffee House’s Ed said:

“We’re very excited to be opening our garden. We’ve added some new furniture. We still have our popular huts and a marquee in case of April showers but we’re also praying for sunshine!

“We have a delicious menu of freshly prepared favourites and a few new treats, and of course, the beer taps are ready and waiting. So far we have over 350 booked in for the first weekend and the weekdays are filling up, so don’t forget to book! See you on the 12th!”
The Old Ale and Coffee House, 80 Crane St, Salisbury SP1 2QD

Pamplemousse Dorset, Hanna and Molly:

“We will be re-opening and can’t wait to have our customers in to browse all our lovely spring stock of flowers. We are excited to see our beautiful high street back to life with the community and for our fellow shop-owners to have their doors open too.”
10 High St, Shaftesbury SP7 8HZ

Smith England, Salisbury, Phil Smith, owner, said:

“We’re so delighted to be working towards opening the Smith England Salon doors again so that we can welcome our clients back! I’m positive the entire hairdressing community is collectively feeling the same way. It’s been a tough time for everyone, and we’re looking forward to being able to brighten up people’s day again – it’s what we do!

“Right now we’re busy giving the salon a thorough spring clean and ensuring we’re up to speed with all COVID safety measures as well as organising our appointment book. Our salon phone lines are open between 9am and 12pm, Monday to Friday for appointment enquiries. We can’t wait to see you soon!”
51 High St, Salisbury SP1 2PB

Muse Hair Salon, Salisbury, Lois Mant, Koren, Tilly & Louise:
“We cannot wait for our boutique salon to re-open, Muse only opened in October last year, so it has been a challenging time, but the support of our clients has been fantastic so far.

“Everyone has missed people and that personal touch so much during lockdown, and your hair affects your self confidence and impacts how you feel too. We are all so excited for everyone to enjoy our luxury salon and feel and look amazing again in April.”
1A Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HB

ZenMuma Elle, Amesbury, Elle Western, Business Owner:
said: “On Monday, April 12, I am excited to host my next Pregnancy Yoga course outside – weather and Covid restrictions depending!
“I have retrained and launched my business during lockdown. Since my own pregnancy in 2019, I felt a calling to help other Muma’s-to-be and there has never been a more significant time to do this.

“While running classes online has meant I’ve created a sense of community, my ladies are eager to get together, to have a proper chat and build up that support network.

“We will be stretching, relaxing, and connecting with our babies under a beautiful Spring sunset with plenty of opportunity to chat, laugh and support each other through one of the most amazing experiences in our life.
To book your space email: elle@zenmuma.co.uk

The Ugly Duckling Café, Shaftesbury, Tanya Humphries said:

“We can’t wait to re-open on April 13 with outdoor seating. Since being closed, we’ve been keeping busy and making The Ugly Duckling Café and Swans Yard a more bright and beautiful place for everyone with our Rainbows benches. The benches add colour to Swans Yard and are a dedication the NHS and the people that have helped us through the pandemic.

“We are so excited to see our lovely customers and hope they have remained safe and well.”
Unit 6 Swans Yard, Shaftesbury SP7 8JQ