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Joy as Bodmin businesses throw open doors again
The team at Bodmin Keep, which opened its doors on Wednesday.

The team at Bodmin Keep, which opened its doors on Wednesday.

19th May 2021

By Ollie Young

Attractions, pubs and restaurants in Bodmin have thrown their doors open again to welcome customers inside.

Bodmin Keep has welcomed visitors back to take in its 12,000-strong collection of memorabilia.
A spokesperson for the museum said: “After the enforced closure since January, Bodmin Keep is looking forward to welcoming back visitors.

“Staff have been busy re-interpreting the displays and exhibitions and have organised a fantastic week of Second World War-themed fun, family activities for summer half term.

“To enable social distancing, the museum will be operating a pre-booking system. It’s easy to book, just go to www.bodminkeep.org to book for your family or group of six.”

The Bodmin and Wenford heritage railway re-opened for the first time in 14 months on Tuesday. The tourist attraction remained closed for most of 2020 due to covid-19 with the team deciding not to re-open last summer, with Government restrictions on capacity cited as the reason.

In recent weeks, though, the railway has been a hive of activity with staff and volunteers working hard behind the scenes to get the railway ready to welcome visitors back.

David Nelson-Brown, chairman of Bodmin and Wenford Railway, said: “It has been a very difficult few months and the decision not to re-open last year was not taken lightly.

“We are really excited to be able to start running trains again and welcoming people back to the railway.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support that the railway has received from both locals and railway enthusiasts in recent months, and we are indebted to the Government’s cultural recovery fund contribution to our survival.

“We know that many people have missed visiting the railway, or simply seeing and hearing the trains running through the local countryside.”

To begin with, the railway will be operating with a reduced seating capacity on all trains, in line with current government guidance.

There have been a number of modifications carried out on the coaches including the installation of screens between seats.

The railway is also encouraging people to book tickets in advance via the new ticketing website.
Further afield, Camel Creek is planning on opening on Saturday and the theme park has also made some changes during its enforced closure.

Alexis Camelin, operations director of Camel Creek Family Theme Park. said: “We’re looking forward to opening on May 22, when all the indoors entertainment can be enjoyed alongside the open-air rides.
“While the park has been closed, we’ve used the additional time to make some improvements with the aim of creating specific and well-defined zones for visitors to explore.

“We’ve also launched an app for visitors to plan their day and make it easier to navigate their way around.
“We managed to keep all of our staff employed throughout the pandemic and have been keen to ensure they feel comfortable about returning to work, feeling positive and energetic to welcome back our visitors, for what we hope will be a busy summer.”

In the restaurant department, Hoi An at the Westberry re-opened on Monday for customers. The venue offers contemporary oriental and western cuisines.

The restaurant, which is open seven days a week from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, also has a vegan section, believing it might be the only place in the country with such a vegan oriental menu.

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