End of an era in tonight’s Emmerdale when The Woolpack is SHUT DOWN - but why?


The legendary Woolpack pub in Emmerdale is under threat tonight... but will it shut for good?

There is trouble heading for Emmerdale tonight when The Woolpack pub is closed thanks to a severe case of dry rot.

But it's not just the locals who will have to find somewhere else to gossip over a pint, Chas Dingle, Paddy Kirk and Bear Wolf also find their worlds turned upside down when Charity Dingle tells them they will have to move out.

Emmerdale fans will know that pregnant Chas is expecting to welcome her child into the world in the not too distant future, and so moving house is far from ideal for her and Paddy.

Chas and Paddy in Emmerdale

Chas and Paddy are forced to find somewhere else to live while The Woolpack has work done (Picture: ITV)

Just when the pair are meant to be putting the finishing touches to the nursery for their new arrival, they're told that they will have to vacate the pub living space while workmen attend to the dry rot dilemma.

But while Chas and Paddy aren't happy about having to move out, this is nothing in comparison with the heartache the pair have faced over recent times.

Emmerdale fans will know that last year they faced the toughest time of their lives when their daughter, Grace, sadly died shortly after being born thanks to a condition called bi-lateral renal agenesis.

Paddy reads a letter aloud to Bear from his mother in Emmerdale

Paddy and Bear are on the hunt for somewhere else to live, along with pregnant Chas (Picture: ITV)

But while the parents-to-be start to look for somewhere else to live, Charity is also left with a drama on her hands with her livelihood under threat if the pub has to close.

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Charity becomes determined not to let the pub close for good, knowing that it isn't good for business, and decides to come up with a new way of making money while the restoration work is underway.

Charity makes alternative plans for the pub in Emmerdale

Charity comes up with a genius way of keeping the pub open (Picture: ITV)

But how will everyone cope with her new al-fresco arrangements? And will it be enough to keep the thirsty locals happy?

And what about the future of the pub? With The Woolpack being at the centre of much of Emmerdale's drama over the years, let's hope this closure is a temporary one.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.