Pandemic Pondering #81

A pandemic 1st for @theoldmortuary. A Day Out.

Today we went to the Eden Project in Cornwall to have a socially distanced meet up with some of our family.

The Eden Project opened to the public recently for the first time since Lockdown.
https://www.edenproject.com

The Eden Project has got socially distanced tourism spot on. You have to book a slot, so it can’t be a spontaneous visit but beyond that the amount of control is so deftly handled, once you are in, it is easy to forget the restrictions of the pandemic, without ever flouting them.

On arrival there are ample public toilets, water stations and a take out coffee shop. The hosts who welcome you have the same welcoming charm as London 2012 Olympic Volunteers, and that was considered a Gold Standard of hosting. Hand sanitising gel is available as soon a you reach the welcome concourse and throughout the site.

Only the outside area is open during this pandemic opening. Visitors are guided to wander through areas that can be overlooked by anyone dazzled , quite rightly, by the magnificence of the Tropical and Mediterranean Biomes or the Science of The Core in more normal times. This is a fabulous chance to experience the outside with restricted visitor numbers. The peace is magical.

Instead of biomes we got intimate with bees.

And wandered down Cornish lanes.

Flower meadows and single specimens slowed us down. This was the most tranquil visit we have ever made to Eden

Fragrance is everywhere. Once we had meandered our way down to the Biomes more toilets were available and another take- away coffee stall, again social distancing was imposed with a gentle reminder.

A great time was had by all.

And for Miss VV, her first experience of being, very gently, escorted out of a venue as the last woman standing.

4 thoughts on “Pandemic Pondering #81

  1. Thanks for this. I’m not a fan of the Eden Project for various reasons but I always enjoyed the outdoor areas. Some look new to me – cornish lanes for example! Not that I need to go to the Eden Project to see one of those but it does look lovely and a day out is very tempting. I shall investigate.

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    1. I would love to hear your reasons , we’ve been going since The Big Build. I think we view it ‘ warts and all’ and have experienced many opinions . Whatever it is , it has been an agent of change for tourism in Cornwall for the better in my opinion. That said, yesterday was the most tranquil visit ever. It kept the attention of a 20 month old for two hours. Nature , even cleverly fabricated nature is doing very well without us.

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      1. Reasons …. price, too many people (usually) and the biomes leave me cold (not literally!). Maybe the biomes are too artifical; I’ve never fully analysed why I don’t connect with them. Heligan, on the other hand, is one of my favourite places – again the baby of Tim Smit. Most people I’ve ever discussed it with, love Eden. I acknowledge that I’m in the minority! I must visit the Shipwreck Museum at Charlestown when such things are possible now. I know Smit has purcahsed it but I don’t know whether any changes have yet been made.

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      2. I agree with all your reasons except perhaps the Biomes. The Mediterranean has always been my favourite . The fragrance as I enter always makes me feel good. I have had some magical musical experiences in there .
        Emma Rice who has gone on to both great and controversial things used to be the theatrical director at Eden and put on some amazing stuff in the early days. Mexican day of the Dead was some of the best drama I have ever experienced.
        My ex husband has been a volunteer guide there for years so we have been spoiled by experiencing his new tours every so often. I am less thrilled with the rainforest/ tropical biome but I see how good it is when I visit similar installations that are not as good.
        Charlestown , who knows what Tim Smitt will make of it. Heligan is fabulous , he does have a knack here in Cornwall.

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