Forbidden Corner – Know Before You Go - A day out with a difference.
Forbidden Corner has always been a magical place for both kids and grown-ups to experience and it was fantastic to be able to return this month. The brainchild of Mr C. R. Armstrong CMG O.B.E, the Forbidden Corner was originally built as a private folly but due to public demand was subsequently opened to the public. Stricter new rules on social distancing have been introduced to combat Covid-19 at all tourist attractions so it was interesting to see how these changes would affect the overall experience. Forbidden Corner has already been awarded the ‘Good to Go’ mark from VisitEngland and there was no need to worry; the kids absolutely loved it. So what can you expect when you visit this summer?
Parking – readily available and there is an additional overflow car park overlooking some beautiful grazing horses!
Entry – Safety signage is prominent and a member of staff checks tickets/bookings before entering the building. There is a large hand sanitation station at the Main Entrance and a one way system leading up to the Admissions Desk. Queues were small and entry quick, especially as tickets must be pre-booked in advance and there is a reduced visitor capacity.
Social Distancing – clearly signed one way systems have been implemented, especially in key areas, with social distancing markings on the floors. There is also a keep left policy in place so you may need to refresh the little ones before you arrive on how to tell the difference between left and right!
Do you have to wear a Facemask? – Facemasks must be worn on entry and into the Admission area which also includes the Gift Shop and the Corner Café. Elsewhere, it is not mandatory to wear face masks although staff do encourage you to wear them in the underground sections as it is darker and you may find it more difficult to adhere to social distancing.
Sanitising Stations – these are provided and have been strategically placed around the attraction and it was pleasing to see people using them.
Food/Drink - The Corner Café is near the entrance and serves an extensive range of meals, sandwiches, cakes and beverages at very reasonable prices. We had carrot cake and it was, as the kids put it ‘sick’ (this apparently means really good by the way). Bonus - The cafe is taking part in the Government’s ‘Eat out to Help Out’ scheme in August.
Verdict – The Forbidden Corner is absolutely unique and so stimulating for a child’s imagination. Escaping from mazes, dodging statues that spray water and attempting to pull artificial legs out of walls are the norm in this labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies. The safety measures that have been put in place give reassurance without restricting the overall magical experience of this attraction. The kids gave a massive thumbs up and a 10/10 for their visit and I fully concur too.