Light at the end of the tunnel

2 April 2021

We’re delighted to announce that the Lundy Company has been awarded a significant grant of up to £250,000 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The vital money will aid Lundy’s operation through the early months of 2021 and unlock a range of plans to enhance the island’s sustainability and accessibility for all.

Lundy is one of more than 2,700 recipients from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, designed to help organisations recover and reopen following the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are hugely looking forward to welcoming visitors to the island once more and hope to re-open for staying guests from Tuesday 13 April.

Our 23 holiday accommodation spots will each make rejuvenating boltholes for atmospheric, post-lockdown holidays. Since the island closed on 2 January, due to the third national lockdown, we’ve been working hard to upgrade many properties, including installing a new, hand-crafted kitchen in Millcombe House, repairing the cantilevered staircase in Old Light and repainting Stoneycroft.

For stays between 13 April and 15 May inclusive, guests travelling as one household will be welcome. Subject to availability, we may also be able to welcome a limited number of day visitors at this time. The Marisco Tavern will be operating a booking system for outdoor catering. We’ll be strictly adhering to the latest Covid protocols across the island and MS Oldenburg – details of which can be read here.

From 18 May, guests may travel in groups of up to six people or two households, plus we’ll reopen the campsite. Looking further ahead, we hope to increase the numbers of day visitors from June.

In addition to caring for Lundy’s historic buildings, this winter our small team has been hard at work protecting our unique landscape and ecology, plus the island’s infrastructure. The conservation team have been busy caring for the wildlife and expanding our education programme, meanwhile we’ve enhanced Covid-control measures across the island and ship – all only possibly thanks to a range of generous support last year.