Eden Project 'sauna' to open in Morecambe


November 21, 2019

A free public sauna is coming to Morecambe - all thanks to the Eden Project.

The world-famous Cornwall tourist attraction wants to open a similar facility in Morecambe but first will bring a programme of public art to the town, including a wood-fired sauna called 'Warmth' opening in the West End at the end of November.

The sauna will be inside a converted horse box close to More Music on Devonshire Road and will be free for the public to use. 

Outside the sauna there will be a candle-lit Scandinavian-style canvas tent, water and free Swedish biscuits available for pre and post-sauna conversations.

There will also be a 'log pile visitor book' where people can write messages onto logs, inspired by their time in the sauna, to be burned by the next group in the sauna.

'Warmth' (pictured, with Bethany Wells) will be in position on Friday, November 29 between 5pm and 9pm and Saturday, November 30 between 11am and 9pm.

Timeslots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors should bring swimwear and a towel. Changing facilities and storage for valuables will be available.

The programme of public artwork also includes 'Shop Fronts' by Rebecca Burns.

A group of Morecambe-based artists will renovate empty shop fronts in the West End; decorating the buildings with murals promoting positivity and joy.

Rebecca, a former fashion print designer who grew up in Morecambe and has recently returned to the town, aims to turn the shops into art features until they are ready to be used for retail again.

Artists interested in helping paint the shop fronts can apply to be involved by contacting Rebecca at textilecandy@gmail.com. Work will begin this month.

Finally 'These Hills Are Ours' is a performance project by Daniel Bye and former Chumbawamba guitarist Boff Whalley which will be co-written with volunteers.

A volunteer choir will walk the 14-mile route from the proposed site of Eden Project North on Morecambe seafront to the top of Clougha Pike.

En route, the choir will sing contemporary choral pieces that have been created through a series of workshops with members of the Morecambe Bay community.

The work is being composed now and choir members are being recruited. The performance is due to take place in March next year (2020) and a film of the journey and performance will be made.

The first volunteer workshops for 'These Hills Are Ours' will take place on December 10 and 12. Anyone interested in getting involved who wants more details should contact Daniel Bye on danielbye1980@gmail.com or through his website at www.danielbye.co.uk.

To sign up for the workshop see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/these-hills-are-ours-do-you-love-clougha-pike-tickets-82983306303.

Misha Curson, Eden’s Senior Arts Curator, said: “These three works are the start of what we envisage as an ongoing programme of public art for Morecambe.

"Art will be a vital part of Eden Project North and we are aiming to bring an inspiring programme to Morecambe in the run up to the project being built.”

Further projects will be announced in spring 2020.

The Eden Project hopes to open the 'Eden Project North' on Morecambe seafront in 2023, subject to funding and planning permission.