Xmas 2020: 4 wonderfully festive domes

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As we near the end of a difficult year, it’s more important than ever to bring each other Christmas cheer.

From snowy lessons to Santa’s Grottos, many of our customers have decked out their Solardome® geodesic domes to wow their visitors, students, families, and more.

In this feature, we showcase four of our favourite Christmassy domes!

Lydlynch School

When it comes to creatively designed domes, the passion shown by teachers often puts schools at Christmas number one.

The dome at Lydlynch SchoolThis was encapsulated by Lydlynch School in Southampton, where Santa was only too pleased to make an appearance.

The pupils were well prepared for his arrival, decorating their Solardome® Haven beautifully with handcrafted reindeers and snowmen, and – of course – a Christmas tree!

And it was certainly a highlight for the Solardome team, as the 4.6m diameter glasshouse sits just a few minutes away from our headquarters!

The school primarily chose the glasshouse to provide a multi-purpose structure for a disused courtyard area, where the children enjoy art classes, phonics sessions, and much more.

Read the case study in full.

Hilton Court Gardens

Santa’s Solardome travels were by no means limited to the south coast. Next stop: Wales!

Mr and Mrs Lynch, the owners at Hilton Court, an 8-acre garden and crafts centre in Pembrokeshire, mostly use their Solardome® Paradise as a tropical oasis where visitors can enjoy tea and cake, hire it out for private parties – or just walk around and admire the exotic plants.

But they didn’t stop there, introducing ‘Santa evenings’ to capitalise on the dome’s versatility and maximise the space into the winter.

They converted one of their sitting areas into a grotto where Santa and his fairy sidekick could be found (ready with lots of gifts for the children, of course). The perfect family day out!

Check out the video case study to learn why they called the 10-metre biodome “a truly amazing and unique environment.”

Corbets Tey

Solardome® geodesic domes provide the perfect space for children to enjoy fun and meaningful sessions, which is embraced to the full at an Essex school.

The dome at Lydlynch SchoolCorbets Tey, a school for pupils with complex learning needs, created two distinct environments inside their Solardome® Retreats: a facility for growing and experiential learning in one, and a breakaway play space in the other.

As well as encouraging creativity throughout the year, the staff always go the extra mile to spread Christmas joy to their pupils. We’ve seen almost everything in the domes, including fairly lights, fake snow, gingerbread men and candy canes – they even doubled up on their Christmas trees!

It’s clear that Solardome® outdoor classrooms have aided their mission to develop confidence, self-belief and resilience in the children, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of delivering projects like this.

Speaking in a recent case study, Senior Administrative Officer Karen Hoffman said: “The domes provide us with all-year-round access to outdoor horticulture activities, incorporating subjects like Maths, Science and Art.”

Why not check out the testimonial in full.

Jimmy’s Lodge

The dome at Lydlynch SchoolAnd finally, if there’s one place that encapsulates the wintry delights of Solardome® glasshouses, it’s Jimmy’s Lodge!

The London-based pop-up restaurant chose four Solardome® PODs to wow festive diners (and onlookers) at the Southbank Centre and are into their third Christmas with the igloo domes.

The Jimmy’s team have created an industry-leading festive dining experience, serving up colourful lighting, Christmassy wreaths, and alpine fondues – topped off with prime views of the Thames river.

The restaurant’s Operations Manager Tom Howe said the domes “offered guests a premium experience” and gave them “significant return on investment.”

Read the case study and watch the video to find out more.

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