Alcatraz has its ‘Birdman’ and a fixture at one of the UK’s most famous landmarks for the last 26 years could almost be an equivalent and in this case its ‘Catman’
With his current feline in residence ‘Felix the Fearless’ the jewellery making and storytelling owner is to my mind an engaging and rather eccentric seeming asset to be found plying his trade metres away from the end of the UK, just or in other words Land’s End.
This most popular of tourist destinations within the UK is visited by the world and this out of this world character Edward Williams at Greeb Farm Craft Centre has I am sure left many visitors to Land’s End baffled with his stories of local folklore, dragons, piskies, pirates and elves as he creates items of jewellery regaling wild yarns of ‘Big Head the Pirate Cat’ as he does so.
The children who visit would certainly be agog as he bends and burns metal and takes delight in showing them the boots of a long lost elf kept in a tiny treasure chest or perhaps a sleeping Cornish piskie and then again this time, a giant chest, with a sleeping dragon that he can wake up to order!
The youngsters are wide eyed at such things where as the Mums and Dads find much more to admire in his cabinet of silver souvenirs crafted as he tells what could be described in his case as ‘Shaggy Cat’ stories!
Uncovering things with animals is something that Land’s End has recently be well known for, as the little furry creatures this time wild rabbits that abound on the site had uncovered Neolithic and Mesolithicartifacts, like flint scrapers and arrowheads,which has spurred on the owners of the site to investigate that ancient history in much more detail.
The history of Land’s End is thought of as being a recent Georgian and Victorian tourist site, being the most southwesterly point in the mainland UK.
However many thousands of years ago it seems to have been popular too and archaeological group, Big Heritage, want to dig into it’s history that seems to point to 5,000 years of human occupancy on the site and for them to go much further than the family of rabbits have so far managed.
Changes in emphasis and the marketing of Land’s End as a tourist site is on the cards and this understanding of the extensive history of the 100 acre Land’s End site is something that the destination is keen exploit as more information comes to light in the days to come.
The destination’s famous hotel has had a makeover recently and the Land’s End hotel boasts some of the most stunning views in the UK from its modern and contemporary dining room and bedrooms.
Linked and owned by the same company that owns John O’Groats, Heritage Great Britain PLC the two destinations are subjected to numerous record attempts as athletes of all types find a myriad of ways of travelling between the two places in Scotland and Cornwall.
There is a club and a museum to explain more about the End to End Story and the ways that people who have completed the 874 miles journey challenge.
One item of history at Land’s End that in this day and age does seem to be left rooted firmly in the past. Well the company that operate the famous distance signpost photographic franchise still use film in this now very digital age.
It seems the digital would be too slow as people crowd to see the images on the camera and the queues would build up so the snaps are taken developed and posted as they did a over 60 years ago, when it all started!
This family fun park destination has events throughout the year with the summer holidays being the peak when additional items like twice weekly fireworks in August draw in the holiday crowds.
This wild and nature filled end of the UK is popular with many species of birds and animals as well as tourists from many nations most coming from Europe but it also attracts visitors on cruise ships visiting nearby Falmouth and they seem to like to make a bee line for Land’s End whilst at the port.
Entry to Land’s End is free but the parking has to paid for, some exhibits do carry a charge and there are family ticket options.