No it’s not a contradiction, you can really stay at home whilst still visiting your favourite places-in virtual reality at least. As each of us heed the advice of the government to stay at home, Soundview has put together a a collection of VR/360 videos of some of the South West’s highlights. And they are there so that everybody can enjoy them.

Soundview has been busy creating an online Vimeo channel called Stay at Home with 360 VR experiences. From the depths of Geevor Tin Mine to the dizzying heights of Plymouth’s Smeaton’s Tower, you can view the videos in a VR headset or on your computer or mobile.

Stay at Home and Visit Your Favourite Places

Soundview has built up an impressive library of 360 degree VR over the past two years, working with visitor attractions and destinations from across the region.  By putting many of these experiences together, there’s something for everyone. If you’re an animal lover, there are tigers at Paignton Zoo and penguins at Living Coasts. For adrenaline junkies, there are zip wires at Hangloose Adventures and rollercoasters at Crealy Adventure Park. Finally for those of use who prefer something more tranquil, there are Cornish gardens and beaches and the canals of Devon.

The Soundview team have been testing the channel. Gareth Allen, our Managing Director tried it out at the start of a busy working day at home,

I’ve just been to one of my favourite places in virtual reality, Porthcurno. It gave me a sense of wellbeing and set me up for the day ahead.  We keep finding new ways to use 360 VR video and this felt like an ideal fit for the current situation. It’s also a way to support the tourism industry through difficult times.

Views over Porthcurno beach

Views over Porthcurno beach

Keeping Visitor Attractions in Mind

For those who feature on the channel, there’s a bonus. A virtual visit from visitors is a reminder of their amazing destinations and may lead to a real visit in the future. Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive of the English Riviera BID Company said,

We think this is a wonderful idea. We are now asking visitors to postpone their holidays to a later date. However, we still want them to be able to experience the English Riviera and help plan future holidays, and virtual reality offers a fantastic solution! #DreamNowVisitLater

And in Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, adds this message to those who have had to put their holiday plans on ice:

We miss you, we love you, we can’t wait for you to come back. But we don’t want you to miss out, so here is a little bit of Cornwall, virtually, from the safety of your homes. We’ll be here to welcome you when you are able to come.

Watch This Space

The team at Sound View Media will be adding more content in the coming weeks. Stand by for dinghy sailing and gig rowing in Plymouth Sound and other activities, from around the region. We would also like to invite others to contribute their VR films. You can get in touch with us at our (home) office.

You can also check out more of our 360 and VR work.

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