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Car Park Opening Times

CURRENT: Summer opening:
beg April - late October    8am - 8pm

Winter opening:
late October - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Spring opening:
mid February - end March      8am - 6pm

Car Parking and stickers - FAQ


Q: Why is there now a charge for car parking?

A: Car parking at Magog Down had been free since the site opened to visitors in 1991, and this was partly supported by a Natural England grant which included an element for providing Open Access. That long-term grant agreement ended in October 2018.

We first stated our intention to introduce car parking charges "when current grants finish" in the Spring of 2016, and have always encouraged regular visitors to support the costs of maintenance by becoming Friends. But our surveys and monitoring consistently showed that only a small proportion of visitors were Friends, while most were making no contribution at all. The introduction of a car parking charge in January 2019 now ensures that all visitors are helping to support the costs of maintenance. Parking remains free for those who pay an annual Friend subscription and display their "I'm a Friend" car sticker.


Q: Is parking still free for Blue Badge holders?

A: NO. The £3 per day parking charge applies to all visitors. There are of course designated parking spaces for disabled visitors.


Q:  How can I get a Friend car sticker for free parking?

A:  Just sign up to Become a Friend: follow the links from this page.


Q:  I already have a Friend car sticker - is it still valid?

A:  The current stickers showing 2019-20 in blue were distributed to all paid up Friends and Members during March 2019; these will remain valid through to the end of April 2020. If you think you should have had one and have not received it, do get in touch.

If you have a sticker showing "2018-19" which is in red, THAT IS NO LONGER VALID. Nor are the 2017 or 2016 stickers, obviously. Please get in touch to update your subscription if your sticker is one of these.


Q:  As an existing Friend/Member, when will I get a new car sticker?

A: From May 2019 onwards, we are distributing car stickers which give a month of expiry, and Friends and Members will now receive these throughout the year, on paying their renewal subscription.


Q:  I've received a car sticker I don't need - what should I do?

A:  We send one sticker by default to Individual and Concession subscribers, and two stickers to Family subscribers. If you have received one you don't need, or two when you only need one, then please do let us know so that we can update our records. Now that a sticker allows free parking, we can no longer claim Gift Aid on those subscriptions; hence, if you decline a car sticker then your subscription is worth more to us.

If you're able to send the unwanted sticker back to our Registered Office address, we will be glad to re-use it. Thank you.


Q:  Can I get an extra car sticker for my other car?

A: NO.  As a Friend at Individual rate or Concession, you are entitled to one sticker only. A Family subscription entitles you to maximum of two car stickers, the subscription covering up to 2 adults at the same address.


Q:  I've lost my car sticker, can I get a replacement?

A: YES, BUT  there is a charge of £10 for replacing lost stickers; this charge is to cover the additional administration costs.


Q:  My 'sticker' doesn't stick!

A:  The 'stickers' we have produced are in fact a 'static self-cling' style (chosen so as not to leave a sticky residue on your windscreen). Once peeled off their paper backing, they should stick easily to your windscreen. If you find that yours doesn't want to stick, try cleaning the windscreen first and that should improve matters.

Manufacturer's technical spec is as follows:
- Minimum application temperature: +10°C
- Temperature range: -20°C to +50°C
- Both sides adhere securely on clean glass
- Take care applying to cold glass as initial adhesion will be reduced.

Become a Friend

If you value Magog Down and would like to help keep it open for all to enjoy, why not contribute towards the costs of upkeep by making a donation or becoming a Friend? Friends also park for Free! (For other visitors, a daily charge of £3 is now in force.)

It costs £15 per year for an Individual to be a Friend, or £25 for a Family subscription (entitled to two car parking stickers); there is a Concession rate of £12 for individuals over 60. There is more information on our Join Us page, or just click on the links below to sign up.

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Magog Down is managed largely by Volunteers: Trustees who give their time freely, and many others who help with various practical tasks, whether as a regular commitment or on an occasional basis. Nevertheless, annual upkeep costs around £50-60,000, only a small portion of which is met by government grants.