Free Entry to Abbotsford’s Gardens as part of National Lottery Open Week 2021 

 National Lottery ticket holders can explore Sir Walter Scott’s historic Regency Gardens for FREE on Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th June as a thank you for helping Abbotsford, Scott’s home near Melrose, survive the pandemic and be able to celebrate the author’s 250th anniversary this year. 

The offer is part of The National Lottery Open Week 2021. Last summer, Abbotsford’s doors were closed to visitors on 20th March 2020 and remained closed until July 2020, but running and conservation costs of the Category A listed building, gardens and collections remained virtually unchanged. A Heritage Emergency Fund grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund helped to pay for a range of essential day-to-day costs including salaries, utilities, garden upkeep and security at Abbotsford, enabling it to open its doors to visitors again. 

Katy Jackson, Development Manager for the Abbotsford Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in The National Lottery Open Week this year. We are extremely grateful for all the National Lottery funding we’ve received. Last year’s Heritage Emergency Fund grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund helped enable Abbotsford to survive the pandemic. So, this is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket, helped us on our journey and made a vital contribution to supporting good causes. We’re excited to welcome you.”  

From Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th June, The National Lottery Open Week line-up includes free entry as well as exclusive discounts and offers from incredible attractions and experiences across the UK, including Abbotsford. From galleries and museums to historic castles and gardens as well as sports stadiums and venues, offers are open to anyone with a valid National Lottery ticket or scratch card and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Chair of the National Lottery Forum, said: “The National Lottery Open Week is a really exciting moment in the year for us, where an amazing variety of venues and projects across the UK give thanks to National Lottery players for the £30 million they raise each week for Good Causes. Now, more than ever, people are excited to rediscover their happy place, or find a new one close to home, and we’re proud that so many incredible spaces across the sport, arts, heritage and community sectors have signed up to offer their thanks.” 

To get your free entry to Abbotsford’s gardens, simply show a valid National Lottery ticket or scratch card in Abbotsford’s Visitor Centre on Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th June. Find out more about Abbotsford’s offer and terms and conditions at scottsabbotsford.com.