Blogs for July 2020

The best gardens and country houses in Cornwall

Posted on Monday 27th July, 2020

The best gardens and country houses in Cornwall

Enjoy the abundant beauty of Cornwall’s estates, gardens and country houses, with roots that stretch back through centuries.

The amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount is one of the jewels in Cornwall’s crown. Hop on a boat – or walk across the causeway during low tide – to a community where modern life meets over a thousand years of history.

Visit Lanhydrock, the impressive country estate that brings the past to life. Wander ‘below stairs’ and imagine yourself among the Victorian servants: people with very different stories to the gentry above.

Stroll through the exotic valley gardens of Glendurgan, beautiful in any season, and evoke your spirit of adventure in the garden maze and on the giant rope swing.

With unrivalled views over the River Fal, the Trelissick estate has 300 acres of woodland and parkland to explore, perfect for meandering with the family and the dog. Discover the stories behind this welcoming country house.

Trengwainton, near Penzance, offers a woodland garden with magnificent award-winning rhododendrons and magnolias, tranquil walks and sea views. Many of the plants grown at Trengwainton flowered for the first time in Britain there.

Near the Devon border, Cotehele is the enchanted home of the Edgecumbe family and has origins dating back to medieval times. There’s always a busy programme of events to enjoy, along with a working watermill and a quay on the River Tamar.

The Elizabethan manor house of Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away from the world amongst a web of narrow lanes, and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age. Visit to check the progress of the 800 young yew trees that have been planted to map out the intricate design of a new Elizabethan knot garden.

Pinetum Gardens in St Austell contrasts areas of intimate tranquillity with open parkland vistas. Take time to discover the whole estate and its many gardens: play hide and seek in the arboretum, relax and reflect in the Japanese garden, and recharge out of season in the spectacular winter garden.

Visit Pencarrow House & Gardens, the much-loved home of the ancient Molesworth St Aubyn family, who still live there (you may even meet Lady Molesworth St Aubyn on one of the house tours). Have a leisurely walk around the 50 acres of gardens and parkland.

Discover the magic of Trebah Garden, set in a beautiful valley with over four miles of footpaths. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms, and follow vibrant tunnels of colour to a private beach on the Helford River.

And don't worry - we've not overlooked the incredible beauty of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, or the wonder of the Eden Project. They'll be featured in our next blog next week, featuring Cornwall's top family attractions. 

 

Remember to check on each attraction's website to see whether they are open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many attractions will have changed their opening times, and all will have safety measures in place for your wellbeing. This may mean that you cannot enter the country houses due to social distancing measures in some cases. Many attractions will require you to think ahead, plan your trip and book your ticket in advance. 

Our pick of the best wildlife conservation tourist attractions in Cornwall

Posted on Wednesday 22nd July, 2020

Our pick of the best wildlife conservation tourist attractions in Cornwall

Conservation lies at the heart of many of Cornwall’s visitor attractions. Around the county, you’ll find a number of sites undertaking important work in animal conservation, and your visit can make a real difference in supporting what they do.

Meet over 1,000 of the world’s most rare and endangered species atNewquay Zoo. This conservation charity, owned by Wild Planet Trust, gives you the chance to get up-close with a range of animals, from lions and penguins to zebras and meerkats. With experiences such as becoming a mini-keeper for the day, it’s a great family destination and a fantastic way to teach children about conservation.

In Hayle, Paradise Park is all about the birds. Overlooking Hayle Estuary – itself a renowned RSPB reserve – this family attraction is home to the World Parrot Trust. Encounter a huge variety of different birds and discover more about them with daily talks and feeding experiences. During summer, explore the exotic garden, where bees and butterflies enjoy the nectar-rich plants and brightly coloured birds stretch their wings.

Take the family to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and learn about its work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seals around Cornwall’s coastline. Based in Gweek, commanding beautiful views of the Helford Estuary, the sanctuary is dedicated to seal rescue, rehabilitation and release, as well as raising awareness of how plastic pollution has affected the seals there. It’s a unique and engaging experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall.

Screech Owl Sanctuary is an important rescue and rehabilitation centre for over 120 owls and 40 different species from all over the world. The sanctuary holds one of the largest collections of owls in the south west, and has been involved in many conservation projects with endangered species. Based on the edge of the Goss Moor nature reserve, it works with sick and injured owls before returning them to their former locations. Visit to experience close encounters with these beautiful and majestic birds of prey. 

 

Remember to check on each attractions website to see whether they are open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many attractions will have changed their opening times, and all will have safety measures in place for your wellbeing. Many attractions will require you to think ahead, plan your trip and book your ticket in advance. 

Unprecedented rise in fly-camping halts National Trust conservation work

Posted on Tuesday 21st July, 2020

Unprecedented rise in fly-camping halts National Trust conservation work

  • Rangers report substantial increases in people fly-camping and leaving debris and litter behind, and estimate a fifth of their time has been diverted away from vital conservation work
  • More time spent on clearing up mess rather than on protecting nature
  • Disposable festival mentality with tents and camping equipment discarded and fires lit and damage to trees
  • Trust urges public not to camp without landowner’s permission, to leave no trace and to respect the countryside and other visitors
  • Despite recent rain, countryside remains dry and campfires could spread

 

Following a dramatic increase in the amount of discarded equipment and litter being left behind at countryside and coastal locations, the National Trust is urging people not to fly-camp on its land and to help protect nature and wildlife.

With more people than ever likely to ‘staycation’ this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, National Trust ranger teams are finding 20 per cent of their time is now having to be spent on clearing up after visitors rather than on vital conservation work to help nature.

Since the easing of lockdown restrictions in England various tourist hot spots including the Peak District, Lake District and South West have seen significant increases in the numbers of people camping, and a spike in the number of camper vans parking at beauty spots overnight, without permission. 

  • In Dovedale, in the Peak District, 170 large bin bags of rubbish were collected over just three days in June.  And over the past few weeks 25 tents  have been cleared together with 20 camping chairs, six air beds, several BBQs and a couple of camping tables.
  • In the Lake District the number of camper vans parking illegally is wiping out the capacity in many car parks for day visitors with 118 counted in one valley in just one evening at Buttermere.  There are also unsustainable levels of anti-social fly-camping on accessible lakeshores with campers lighting fires, damaging trees and littering.
  • In West Cornwall 140 camper vans were turned away from 10 small remote sites over a week-long period, doubling or tripling what Trust would normally expect

    Longshaw Area Ranger Chris Millner commented: “The volume of debris left behind is overwhelming and something we’ve not experienced before.  After people have finished having fun it’s like they abandon ship.  What they couldn’t be bothered to carry out they just left for someone else to clean up.”

    Neil Winder, Area Ranger - Grasmere & Great Langdale in the Lake District said: “We’re pleased to be able to welcome back holiday makers to the Lake District, but it’s not yet business as usual while we gradually reopen with the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers in mind. 

    “We encourage visitors to plan and book their accommodation in advance as we are experiencing unprecedented demand.  Some Lake District hotspots simply cannot sustain the numbers of visitors turning up with nowhere to legally camp overnight.”

    Steve Sudworth, Lead Ranger along the north Cornish coastline said: “"Overnight camping numbers in cars, vans and tents are continuing to increase across our sites and car parks on the North coast, causing significant issues to the area and visitors.

    “The overnighters are frequently leaving human waste, used toilet tissue, BBQs and other litter across the beautiful countryside they have themselves come to enjoy. This is damaging these landscapes and spoiling them for everyone whilst causing a health hazard in already challenging times.

    “We urge people to treat the countryside with respect, please only stay overnight at authorised sites, take your rubbish home with you when you visit and do not go to the toilet where there are no facilities."

    The increase in campers and litter has led to more time being spent by National Trust ranger teams and volunteers clearing up after visitors.  Time which would usually be spent on vital conservation work.

    Rob Rhodes, Head of Rangers at the National Trust said: “Due to lockdown we haven’t been able to get on with conservation work and many of our rangers who have returned to their posts over the past few weeks are champing at the bit to get on and start to clear the backlog. 

    “The sort of work we want to be doing at this time of year includes managing our flower rich meadows and caring for the wildlife that live there, and vital maintenance work to our network of paths and visitor routes.

    “But this unsociable behaviour by some is taking up so much time that it’s affecting not only on the upkeep of our sites, but taking our staff away from vital conservation work and engaging with visitors.  Leaving debris and litter behind can cause issues for wildlife such as injuring animals and destroying habitats.

    No one should have to clear up the mess that we are experiencing at some of our places.”

    Ben McCarthy Head of Nature Conservation and Restoration at the National Trust said: “We have seen a huge increase in the number of people fly-camping at our places over the past few weeks, and they are leaving not only vast quantities of litter behind, but in some instances tents and much of their equipment. 

    “We are seeing a disposable festival mentality which we’ve not experienced at our places before.

    “Some campers are also lighting campfires which can cause big problems, especially with the land still being very dry despite recent rainfall.  Campfires should not be lit at any of our countryside or coastal locations.  Fires can easily get out of control and this could have a massive impact on wildlife and landscapes.

    “We know one of the few positives of lockdown has been the rise in visitors enjoying the outdoors, nature and the countryside.  And while we want to do all we can to encourage more people to spend time in nature, we all have a responsibility to leave places as we found them  – for other people but also for the sake of nature itself. We want to remind people to follow the countryside code and that they should only camp overnight with a landowner’s permission.”    

The Minack is back with a full summer season

Posted on Monday 20th July, 2020

The Minack is back with a full summer season

Live performance is back at the Minack and the team are delighted to welcome audiences into their theatre once more to experience the thrill that only live events can inspire.   Some things may not be quite the same, but the enthusiasm of performers to entertain you is as great as ever. 

Executive Director of the Minack, Zoë Curnow, said, “The Minack is a beautiful place to visit but it’s first and foremost a performance space and we are doing everything we can to give people the opportunity to see live theatre safely at the Minack this summer.  Our original season had to be cancelled when the Lockdown happened, so when the announcement came that open air theatre could restart, we put together an entirely new programme of music, theatre and comedy.  The Minack’s an important part of the local arts economy and we’re proud to offer a showcase for some of our rich community of professional Cornish artists as well as national companies in our new season.” 

They've got a fantastic season of events lined up and there’s more still to be announced.   Enjoy Minack’s Music Mondays – from folk with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends and Didjan to the sublime harp of Ruth Wall. Enjoy a shiver at the bewitching musical fable, The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky, or join them for an evening with Chris Difford of Squeeze, and that’s just for starters.

The theatre shows kick off in dramatic fashion with David Mynne’s virtuoso one-man performance of Dickens’ much-loved classic, Great Expectations, followed by Bash Street Theatre whose unique acrobatic performances are perfect for all the family.  Don’t miss The Strongman, a perfect blend of circus skills, silent comedy and live music all wrapped up in a silent movie plot.  In August, the Minack have a two week revival of Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones, which played at Minack last year to great acclaim.  The two intrepid actors play many parts in this bittersweet tale of an American film unit’s descent on a remote Irish village.  Following this, the team are thrilled to bring you Stephen Tomkinson and Jessica Johnson in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita.  2020 is the 40th anniversary of Russell’s popular play and this production was on a national tour when Covid 19 intervened.  We’re very grateful to author Willy Russell, who has adapted his play especially for this two week run at the Minack. 

If you like movies and want to be part of the action, don’t miss the manic mayhem that is Mischief Theatre’s Mischief Movie Night in September, when you, the audience get to pick the genre, location and title of a film and the skilled performers create it before your eyes.  What could possibly go wrong!

For these and all their other events this summer, take a look at the Minack website, and remember the theatre will be playing to reduced capacities so advance booking is essential.

For information and to book for all Minack performances, daytime storytelling and visits to the theatre please see their website at  www.minack.com.

 

National Maritime Museum Cornwall reopening

Posted on Tuesday 14th July, 2020

National Maritime Museum Cornwall reopening

National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth today announces it will reopen to the public on Monday 27 July 2020, following recent Government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions for cultural spaces. The reopening of the museum is the first chance to see the major new exhibition MONSTERS OF THE DEEP: SCIENCE FACT AND FICTION, which explores the incredible stories, beliefs and mythologies around deep-sea monsters, which was due to open in March before the closure of the museum.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visitors and staff, the Museum has also implemented a number of new health and safety measures, in line with the latest government advice. These measures include:

  • Timed arrival slots and reduced visitor capacity  
  • Social distancing measures including one-way systems, floor markers in all queuing areas and rearranged café seating
  • Strict cleaning regimes in all areas of the museum with additional cleaning staff

Richard Doughty, Director, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, said:“Just like any other Museum across the country the last few months have been some of toughest in our history, and our future, as we emerge into this new landscape, remains unknown. However, we open our doors on Monday 27th July with renewed determination and full hearts – we can’t wait to see visitors again and we’re particularly looking forward to sharing Monsters of the Deep, our most ambitious exhibition ever. Throughout the last few months Monsters of the Deep has been in hibernation and not a soul outside the organisation has seen it – now is the time to awaken the beast!”

On display at the Museum from 27 July 2020–3 January 2022, the new Monsters of the Deep exhibition takes visitors on an immersive tour through the world of deep-sea monsters, both real and imagined. From Medieval folklore, to the cryptozoologists and monster-hunters of the 20th century, the exhibition examines the enduring fascination with the creatures that­­­ live in the depths of the ocean, bringing together rarely seen specimens, artefacts and artworks from world class collections, including Royal Museums Greenwich, the British Museum, the Science Museum, the National Oceanography Centre and Cambridge University Library.

Starting with the monstrous creatures that haunted the imaginations of people in medieval Europe, the exhibition examines what people of the past really believed about the ocean. A large-scale reproduction of the Carta Marina, the world’s most famous medieval map of the sea, showcases exquisite illustrations of sea monsters including the strange ‘mirror creatures’ – sea goats, sea cows and sea horses – that were thought to inhabit the oceans at the time. Also on display will be the Hortus sanitatis, the world’s first natural history encyclopaedia. Printed in 1491, it represents a significant moment in the birth of scientific history, a time when unicorns and mermaids were considered alongside elephants and giraffes as marvellous wonders of the world.

The exhibition has been created in collaboration with a variety of specialist and guest curators, including Viktor Wynd, who has created the ‘UnNatural History Museum.’ This section will bring together fascinating, and sometimes disturbing specimens such as a giant rearing “unicorn” skeleton and a mummified feegee mermaid to explore ideas of what is real and what is fake.

­­­Against an analysis of ‘monster’ sightings, fake news and conspiracy theories, the exhibition will also explore the impact of sea monsters in cinema and popular culture, as well as the wider history of deep sea exploration, from early attempts through to the voyages of the HMS Challenger and state-of-the-ar­­t underwater scientific exploration.

Highlighting the incredible discoveries and contemporary advances in our understanding of the oceans, the exhibition will include in a section co-curated with the UK’s pioneering National Oceanography Centre, which explores the true depths of our oceans and the real-life sea monsters which lurk beneath.

Flambards to reopen on 18 July

Posted on Monday 13th July, 2020

Flambards to reopen on 18 July

Flambards has confirmed it is re-opening to visitors on Saturday, 18 July.

In order to manage numbers and ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained, the Helston theme park will initially be operating with reduced capacity and all visitors will need to pre-book online. 

Staff are also introducing a series of additional cleaning and hygiene measures on site and queue markers are in place to help visitors keep a safe distance apart.

“We’re delighted to be able to start welcoming visitors back but we also know how crucial it is that they and our team  feel safe,” said manager Richard Smith.

“We’ve allowed ourselves a little extra time to ensure everything is fully in place and we’re confident we’ve been able to accommodate a range of protective measures without compromising the visitor experience

“While the vast majority of the rides and attractions will be open we are having to temporarily close the Space Race and the indoor and outdoor play area until further clarity on social distancing is made available 

“Hopefully, as guidelines allow these rides will also be able to re-open,” he added.

Visitors will be encouraged to leave plenty of space around their vehicles in the car park and additional cleaning stations have been installed around the park.

A number of catering facilities will be open, as well as the gift shop, and visitors will need to use contactless card payments whenever possible. 

Any visitor who has a temperature, or is showing any other signs of coronavirus, will be asked to stay at home and Flambards will re-schedule their visit for a future date.

A full list of safety measures and guidelines are available to view on the Flambards website. 

Flambards, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA. Tel: 01326 573 404 or visit www.flambards.co.uk for more information.

 

Cornish visitor attractions report a positive first week of trading in July

Posted on Monday 13th July, 2020

Cornish visitor attractions report a positive first week of trading in July

Many of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions have reported an incredibly positive first week of trading, following the Government’s announcement supporting the reopening of tourism and visitor attractions from 4 July.

The majority of our visitor attractions reopened at the start of last week, with many reporting a better than expected response to visitor numbers.

While a small number of attractions with large outdoor spaces – such as Eden Project, National Trust properties, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah Garden – were able to offer opportunities to visit from early June, last week will saw a more widespread return to business for the majority of our tourist attractions.

Organisations such as Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have reported excellent trading – with Healey’s returning the same onsite daily sales as the equivalent week last year by Wednesday of last week.

Other tourist attractions – including Eden Project, Land’s End and Newquay Zoo - who have reopened saw their visitor numbers increase steadily throughout the week and have opened additional catering outlets or increased their opening hours to cope with demand.

Many attractions are slowly increasing their daily capacity for visitor number as they become more confident at managing visitor footfall, while ensuring they stick firmly to social distancing and safety measures.

Jonathan Bray, chair of the Board of Directors at Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, said: “It’s been reassuring to see such great visitor numbers at the start of July. Most of our visitor attractions have modelled for around 50% capacity, but it’s been wonderful to hear that many are exceeding that in their first week of trading again.”

“Our visitor attractions have been ensuring that everyone remains safe on site, and as their confidence grows in their ability to deal with visitors, they are opening up their sites more widely. We hope that the public confidence in having a great day out in Cornwall at our attractions continues to increase and we keep providing both locals and holidaymakers with great memories.”

It was also a week in which the Cornish tourism industry welcomed further government support for businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% was particularly welcomed by Cornish visitor attractions, who see this as vital financial support that can assist their survival through the coming months.

Jonathan continued: “Three months of enforced closure has hit many of our visitor attractions hard, and we welcome financial measures put in place by the government to ensure that the tourism industry gets through these difficult times. The VAT reduction will pass savings onto many businesses that will help support them and manage the effects of the pandemic on their business.”

Attractions across Cornwall have been working hard to ensure they can reopen safely, with the health of their visitors and their employees of paramount importance. The visitor experience may be somewhat different to that which people are used to, but you can still be sure of a warm and friendly welcome at all of our organisations.

The message is strong in Cornwall – think, plan and book ahead. The majority of our visitor attractions require customers to book their tickets in advance, often with a timed entry to ensure that sites do not become overcrowded.

Safety measures have been put in place at every attraction we work with – so you will see socially distanced queueing systems, one way paths, increased handwashing and cleaning, opportunities for hand sanitisation, contactless payment and changes to food and beverage offers, all designed to keep everyone on site as safe as possible.

The Cornish visitor attraction industry continues to face challenges, with hopes that the summer season will allow businesses to recoup income lost from three months of enforced closure. While most attractions are opening this summer, some businesses cannot make it economically viable to open until later in the year, with some others planning to reopen in Spring 2021.

Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, alongside our industry partners Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, will continue to lend our voice to lobbying calls for continued financial support for the tourism industry.

Jonathan continued: “While we are excited to welcome back visitors, there is no escaping the fact that 2020 will continue to present challenges in the tourism sector. At CATA, we will be speaking regularly with colleagues across the industry and presenting our views on the impact to our organisations. We’ll be working with those colleagues to lobby government for continued support.”

Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, a regional industry group set up in 1974 to act as a voice for the Cornish tourist attraction industry, works with almost 40 of the county’s best visitor attractions. Providing support, peer networking, quality assurance and a promotional platform for the attractions, the Association has become an important tool for many of our local businesses. 

Cultural and heritage organisations to be protected with £1.57 billion support package

Posted on Monday 6th July, 2020

Cultural and heritage organisations to be protected with £1.57 billion support package

Statement from DCMS:

Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today.

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed. Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Many of Britain’s cultural and heritage institutions have already received unprecedented financial assistance to see them through the pandemic including loans, business rate holidays and participation in the coronavirus job retention scheme. More than 350,000 people in the recreation and leisure sector have been furloughed since the pandemic began.

This new package will be available across the country and ensure the future of these multi billion-pound industries are secured.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

"From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries to gigs performed in local basement venues, the UK’s cultural industry is the beating heart of this country.

This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down."

Oliver Dowden Culture Secretary said

"Our arts and culture are the soul of our nation. They make our country great and are the lynchpin of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries.

I understand the grave challenges the arts face and we must protect and preserve all we can for future generations. Today we are announcing a huge support package of immediate funding to tackle the funding crisis they face. I said we would not let the arts down, and this massive investment shows our level of commitment."

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer said:

"Our world-renowned galleries, museums, heritage sites, music venues and independent cinemas are not only critical to keeping our economy thriving, employing more than 700,000 people, they’re the lifeblood of British culture.

That’s why we’re giving them the vital cash they need to safeguard their survival, helping to protect jobs and ensuring that they can continue to provide the sights and sounds that Britain is famous for."

Decisions on awards will be made working alongside expert independent figures from the sector including the Arts Council England and other specialist bodies such as Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Repayable finance will be issued on generous terms tailored for cultural institutions to ensure they are affordable. Further details will be set out when the scheme opens for applications in the coming weeks.

The package announced today includes funding for national cultural institutions in England and investment in cultural and heritage sites to restart construction work paused as a result of the pandemic. This will be a big step forward to help rebuild our cultural infrastructure. This unprecedented package includes:

  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

Massive thanks from Eden marks special moment for the UK

Posted on Monday 6th July, 2020

Massive thanks from Eden marks special moment for the UK

A giant rooftop message saying “Thank you” is greeting visitors when they gaze towards the world-famous Biomes at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The sign, in four-metre high white letters alongside a blue heart, has been created by the Eden team to express its gratitude to everyone helping people and communities through the coronavirus pandemic and all the challenges that have arisen from it.

This coming Sunday, July 5, is the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service and the landmark date is being celebrated in many ways around the country, encouraged by the Together coalition, www.together.org.uk.

The aim is to remember those who have been lost, thank all those who are helping the country get through the crisis and bring people together in a national moment of connection. A big focal point will be a nationwide clap for the NHS at 5pm on Sunday.

As well as the “Thank you” sign, Eden is also going to light up the Biomes blue this weekend.

Peter Stewart, the Eden Project’s campaigns and communications director, said: “We are joining in the spirit of the national moment and showing our appreciation to all the unsung heroes of the age with a bold and simple statement of thanks.

“We thank the selfless people who are helping the country through the crisis, all those in our wonderful NHS, the care workers, the key workers, the volunteers, the neighbours, the family members and friends.”

On behalf of Eden, Peter also said thanks to visitors and members for supporting Eden by coming to the project and also to the staff teams who worked hard to reopen the outdoor gardens.

The Rainforest Biome, Mediterranean Biome and Core education centre reopen this Saturday (July 4). This will be the first time the public has been able to visit Eden’s indoor spaces since lockdown. 

The “thank you” message has been painted on the roof of the building that links the Biomes and can be seen from various high vantage points around the former clay quarry.

Eden is welcoming in NHS and care workers free of charge - but they must be pre-booked. 

Pre-booking online is also essential for existing Eden Project Members and Passholders while new visitors can also book via the website, www.edenproject.com,  but availability is limited.

Timed ticketing has been successfully introduced to stagger entries and help maintain effective social distancing.

During national lockdown, Eden brought neighbours together in a safe way on June 6 and 7 by running The Big Virtual Lunch.

Six million people took part last year (2019) in The Big Lunch - Eden’s biggest outreach programme – the thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities.

In recent weeks Eden staff have been among teams of volunteers transforming the gardens of care homes run by Cornwall Care.  Eden, Cornwall Care and The Cornwall College Group have worked closely together on the scheme.

 

English Heritage welcomes back visitors to historic properties in Cornwall in early July

Posted on Monday 6th July, 2020

English Heritage welcomes back visitors to historic properties in Cornwall in early July

Over 40 historic properties including Pendennis Castle and Tintagel Castle will re-open to the public on Saturday 4 July, English Heritage has announced. Following the closure of all of its staffed sites in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the charity will once again be welcoming visitors to its larger sites with outdoor spaces, castles and abbeys with extensive grounds, sites with large historic gardens, and places where there is plenty of room to roam.

New measures will be introduced by the charity to ensure the health and wellbeing of members, visitors, volunteers and staff, and those who visit can expect their day out to be a little different with social distancing in place. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, visitor numbers will be limited and all those planning to visit (including Members) will have to book in advance on the English Heritage website and arrive during their time slot. Only those with pre-booked tickets will be permitted entry, although once on site, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like.

Sites to re-open in Cornwall:

  • Pendennis Castle

Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses. The picturesque castle has defended Cornwall since Tudor times and played a vital role during the two World Wars.

  • Tintagel Castle

Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain and its association with King Arthur makes it also one of the most famous. For the first time in more than 500 years, the two separated halves of Tintagel Castle have been reunited thanks to its spectacular new footbridge.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “We have really missed our Members and visitors while our sites have been closed.  Whether you’re looking for a fun place for the family to let off steam or just a wide open space to appreciate those familiar landmarks which have stood the test of time, we’re looking forward to giving you a warm and safe welcome back from Saturday 4 July.”

 

 

Cornwall tourist attractions welcome back visitors from 4 July

Posted on Thursday 2nd July, 2020

Cornwall tourist attractions welcome back visitors from 4 July

Many of Cornwall’s top tourist attractions will be opening their doors again next week and welcoming back visitors, providing a much-needed boost to the county’s tourism economy.

Following the Government’s announcement supporting the reopening of tourism and visitor attractions from 4 July, the general public will be able to visit many of our best visitor attractions and enjoy a safe and special day out with their family.

While a small number of attractions with large outdoor spaces – such as Eden Project, National Trust properties, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah Garden – have been able to offer opportunities to visit in recent weeks, next week will herald a more widespread return to business for the majority of our tourist attractions.

Attractions across Cornwall have been working hard to ensure they can reopen safely, with the health of their visitors and their employees of paramount importance. The visitor experience may be somewhat different to that which people are used to, but you can still be sure of a warm and friendly welcome at all of our organisations.

The message is strong in Cornwall – think, plan and book ahead. The majority of our visitor attractions require customers to book their tickets in advance, often with a timed entry to ensure that sites do not become overcrowded.

Safety measures have been put in place at every attraction we work with – so you will see socially distanced queueing systems, one way paths, increased handwashing and cleaning, opportunities for hand sanitisation, contactless payment and changes to food and beverage offers, all designed to keep everyone on site as safe as possible.

Jonathan Bray, chair of the Board of Directors at Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, said: “It’s about being safer together – the attractions are playing their part to make sure they keep everyone safe. We’d encourage our visitors to support that too.”

“We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming back visitors to our attractions. We are encouraging people to make sure they plan ahead and book in advance – it’s vital that attractions manage their visitor numbers.”

“There’s still a chance to get out and make some amazing memories together this summer and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying our spaces.”

The Cornish visitor attraction industry continues to face challenges, with hopes that the summer season will allow businesses to recoup lost income from three months of enforced closure. While most attractions are opening this summer, some businesses cannot make it economically viable to open until later in the year, with some planning to reopen in Spring 2021.

Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, alongside our industry partners Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, will continue to lend our voice to lobbying calls for continued financial support for the tourism industry and an extension of the employee furloughing scheme throughout the winter.

Jonathan continued: “While we are excited to welcome back visitors, there is no escaping the fact that 2020 will continue to present challenges in the tourism sector. At CATA, we will be speaking regularly with colleagues across the industry and presenting our views on the impact to our organisations. We’ll be working with those colleagues to lobby government for continued support.”

Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, a regional industry group set up in 1974 to act as a voice for the Cornish tourist attraction industry, works with almost 40 of the county’s best visitor attractions. Providing support, peer networking, quality assurance and a promotional platform for the attractions, the Association has become an important tool for many of our local businesses

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