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Coming out of Lockdown

Published: Thursday, 30 July 2020

Coming out of Lockdown

Coming out of Lockdown

When the Covid-19 lockdown commenced in March 2020 all of our facilities had to be closed to the public. However, we have been providing a timetable of online activities via our facebook pages to help South Lanarkshire residents keep active and healthy. In addition we have been providing discounted access to Les Mills on Demand exercise classes.

As we follow the Scottish Government routemap and guidelines during easing of Covid-19 restrictions we will make other activities available.

Services Restart

We can now offer access to the following sites and activities:

Country parks / parks



Outdoor contact sport


We would ask customers to read and follow applicable guidelines for each service to help to prevent virus transmission.

We are still advised to stay local as much as possible when accessing services. Per Scottish Government guidance we must still practise safe physical distancing and avoid spaces and situations which are too crowded to maintain distancing. Please remember to wash / disinfect hands before and after visiting one of our facilities and use face coverings in enclosed spaces.

Country parks / parks

Vehicles are able to access car parks at country parks and similar destinations including Chatelherault, Calderglen, James Hamilton Heritage Park, Lanark Loch and Strathaven Park.

Please note there will be restrictions on the numbers of spaces available and if car parks get too full to maintain physical distancing cars will be turned away. We are liaising with the police to help manage the expected surge in attendance at these venues.


The cafés at Lanark Loch and Strathaven Park and the Oaks Café at Chatelherault are now open for takeaway service only. Please note there will be no access to toilets or seating. Customers visiting the cafés will be asked to respect physical distancing measures.

The Waterside Café at James Hamilton Heritage Park will reopen on 22 July with table service and take away service available at the counter. Safety measures are in place and customers will be asked to provide contact details on entering the café to comply with Test and Protect.

We look forward to announcing further café facilities re-opening in the coming weeks.

Calderglen Zoo

We are pleased to say that Calderglen Zoo will reopen on Monday 13 July. Full information is available on our Welcome back to Calderglen Zoo news banner.

Wedding Ceremonies at Chatelherault

Outdoor wedding ceremonies were reinstated recently at Chatelherault Country Park, with restrictions on number of guests. Now we also are able to have wedding ceremonies indoors within the Banqueting Room; a maximum capacity of 20 people are permitted which includes the bride, groom, witnesses and registrar or celebrant. Couples may also have their wedding photography taken within The West Wing or outdoors in the enclosed Parterre Gardens and surroundings.

We are currently the only SLLC Venue able to offer this to couples wishing to get married. To make a booking, or for further information, please contact us by email or call 01698 543412.

At this time we are not able to offer reception or catering, but will update this information as the situation changes.


The following golf courses are open: BiggarHollandbushLanglandsTorrance House (all 18 holes), and the 9 hole golf courses at Larkhall and Strathclyde Park.

During Covid-19 restrictions there are some alterations to how we operate which will affect golfers, staff and golf clubs. It is really important that golfers wishing to join or play at our courses read through the guidance document we have produced. It follows government rules and governing body recommendations. Everything is included in the guidance from purchasing a season ticket, booking a tee time, how we operate at the starters offices, and on course rules and regulations. The guidance will change in line with government and governing body easing of restrictions.

Golfers also must read and follow the Golf during Covid procedure for golfers.

Please check the updated price list.

There are no turn up and play options available whilst social restrictions are in place.

Golfers can pre-book tee times via online booking or by calling the starters office in advance.  Please visit our memberships website to renew or purchase your season ticket for the first time. We encourage you to use online facilities to book a round or take out membership as it is quicker and easier for you. It also greatly assists in us maintaining social distancing at the starters offices.

For more information please call the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Golf section on 01355 233451.


In light of the Scottish Government’s announcement on the permission to re-open libraries, we are currently liaising with South Lanarkshire Council to establish proposals and the scope for business recovery.

In the meantime we are pleased to announce the launch of an expanded Home Delivery Service, which you can contact now on 01698 452143, and a new ‘Connect and Collect’ service which is available to contact from Wednesday 22nd July on 01355 241573.

FOUR of South Lanarkshire’s biggest libraries will re-open on Monday August 10th.

Hamilton Town House Library, Rutherglen Library, East Kilbride Central Library and Lanark Library will reopen in line with Scottish Government advice and Customers are asked to wear face coverings. 

Services available will be borrowing / returning books and access to ActiveIT. It is requested that you phone to book a PC. Opening hours initially will be reduced to:

Monday to Friday – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday – 10:00am to 2:00pm

Check out South Lanarkshire View for more information about our libraries re-opening.

We will provide further information on our proposals when this is available.

Outdoor contact sport

Return of organised contact sport for children

The Scottish Government, in its route map, has determined that from 13 July 2020 organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance). This is the earliest date on which activity is permitted to recommence.

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture is currently assessing the local situation and seeking advice from national governing bodies to determine the date for re-opening of facilities within South Lanarkshire.  We will be liaising with our colleagues in South Lanarkshire Council to establish a suitable date of return and as soon as this becomes available we will notify our customers accordingly.  At that time we will be able to advise on the level of services that we are able to offer in the initial period, taking account of the current advice and guidance.

Synthetic pitches for children’s use

Outdoor synthetic pitches will soon be available for children to use across South Lanarkshire.

Booking lines will reopen from 10am on Monday, 10 August with the pitches available from the following Monday (17 August).

More information is available on the Synthetic Pitches Available for Children's Use news story.


Tennis courts are available to book online.  At this time they are available only at Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds. Please note all bookings are chargeable due to memberships being suspended during Covid-19 restrictions.

Players will be asked to follow Tennis Scotland’s guidelines and as such games will last for 50 minutes and there will be no access to the main building or tennis equipment.

Please note that in this phase it remains the case that people should stay within their local area when they go outside for exercise or other activities. As a guide, rather than a fixed limit, current guidance is that your local area is within 5 miles from your home.

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