THE Black Country Living Museum is all set to reopen to visitors next weekend, with booking now available online.

The popular open air attraction will welcome back visitors from Saturday, August 1, for the first time since it was forced to close in March for lockdown.

Reopening comes after the museum lost an estimated £3.1m in revenue and an anticipated 150,000 visitors during the lockdown period.

Visitors must book entry tickets in advance as part of a raft of social distancing measures introduced at the Tipton Road museum.

Measures include a one-way system for visitors to follow around the site and a small number of attractions, such as the underground mines, will be closed.

A spokesperson for the Black Country Living Museum said: "We’re delighted to welcome visitors back from the 1st August. Our number one priority has been to create a safe and engaging environment for both visitors and staff.

"This means that we’ve made some important changes to the Museum experience which will include entry via time slots, limited visits, on site distancing measures and increased on site hygiene measures.

"Whilst a few attractions will remain closed for now, the majority of our buildings will be open as normal for visitors to enjoy, with one way systems introduced to ensure staff and visitor safety."

The museum recently receive a much-needed boost when it received £1.175m of financial support from Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund to help it survive lockdown.

Tickets are on sale now for pre-booked entry times on the Black Country Living Museum website.