Following the news that lockdown is soon to be lifted, the Great British public have already started to think about where they’ll be heading first.
With our newfound freedom, we will soon be able to meet up with friends and family outdoors and visit our favourite places.
So what beauty spot have we missed most? Where are we counting down the days until we can visit again? And which venue hasn’t welcomed a human being through its doors since March 2020?
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite spots we’ll be rushing back to.
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1. The Minack Theatre
It goes without saying that many of us are missing trips to the theatre, cinema, gig and concert venues.
But, here in Cornwall, we’re especially missing sitting under the stars, staring out to sea and watching some expert theatre performances at the Minack.
Wrapping up in a blanket, with a pasty and a drink in hand – there’s nothing quite like it.
Even just a visit to the unique cliffside venue would be a nice treat – currently it’s closed completely due to lockdown.
However, if you head to the website, there’s plenty of online tours, videos and more to explore while we wait.
2. St Michael’s Mount
A magical visit to St Michael’s Mount is an experience many of us surely miss.
And though it’s no stranger to being isolated from the rest of the Cornish coastline, the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly left the mount feeling lonelier than usual.
Be it taking the walk across the sand at low tide, or catching a boat when the waves are full, thousands of people would usually flock to the historic landmark every year.
We can’t wait to visit the castle and gardens and see what’s been happening while we’ve been away.
If you’re missing it and can’t quite wait that long, the website is full of webcam footage, photos and more to keep you satisfied.
3. Pendennis Castle
A towering presence over Falmouth, Pendennis Castle is one of the English Heritage sites that has remained closed throughout lockdown.
We miss being able to imagine ourselves as knights of the realm, as we climb to the top of the castle and look out for enemies.
Of course, the castle itself is also available to hire when there isn’t a global pandemic interfering – for weddings in particular – and it looks likely that we’ll soon see Pendennis dressed up to the nines once more.
In the meantime, though, browse facts and photos while you await your visit, here.
4. The shops, pubs, arcades, cafes and restaurants of St Ives
St Ives is just one example of how much we miss the high streets of seaside towns, in particular.
Firstly, we miss being able to have a drink and a bite to eat at The Sloop. We also miss the buzz from inside as you desperately try to find a spare seat. The place is always (usually) busy.
We miss having fish and chips on the harbour front, or a meal (seafood or otherwise) in one of the many restaurants along here or further into town.
We miss The Shell Shop – yes, you know you do – and all the little nick-nacks you can fill your home with.
We miss trying to find a water gun that actually works in the amusement arcade, or the sound of the alarm ringing because we’ve won the Skee Ball jackpot.
5. The Eden Project
If you’ve been binge watching post-apocalyptic style TV while you’ve been in lockdown, then when you next visit The Eden Project, we’re hoping you’re the one we see trying to escape from “Triffids” or wondering how on earth you’re going to escape from being trapped “Under the Dome”.
But, if you haven’t been on the Netflix binge, then The Eden Project will definitely give you a great place to compare your greenhouse growing skills.
It definitely takes house plants to a whole new level, that’s for sure.
As of yet, there’s no definitive opening date for this Cornish icon, but there’s plenty to see and do before you’re next visit on the website.
6. The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Though we’ve been able to enjoy our own gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns, unless you’re a pretty nifty sculptor or find your house has been built on some medieval fantasy film set from years gone by, there’s no garden quite like the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
What’s more, now we’ve had months to practice our walking and hiking skills, we can fully enjoy the whimsical people that call this place their home.
They must have been pretty lonely without us.
So far, the reopening date given on the official website states March 3.