Visit Cornwall: The Eden Project

During our half term stay at Hoseasons, Piran Meadows Resort & Spa, we were so looking forward to exploring Newquay and the surrounding areas as a family. Visiting in October I was initially a little worried about just how much there would be to do, and yet we were very lucky that, not only was the weather beautiful throughout the week, but we were in prime location for some amazing days out, starting with The Eden Project.

Every since The Eden Project opened in 2001, I have been desperate to visit. Now, as a parent, I can think of no better way to teach my children about the living world and working towards a better future, than by visiting The Eden Project. And so when we were invited along to see what it had to offer, we jumped at the chance!

The Eden Project is located just a short drive from Newquay and as we approached the entrance, it was every bit as impressive as I had imagined it would be!

The Eden Project has two large Biomes and we decided to start our day at the Rainforest Biome. Had we done our research we would have seen that the Biome can reach temperatures of 35 degrees, and yet wrapped up warm for an Autumn day, we foolishly entered without removing any layers – what a mistake that was!!

The Rainforest Biome is a tropical jungle of plants, trees and wildlife, and takes you through four of the world’s rainforest environments through Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America. And let me tell you, it is HOT!!!

Thankfully there are water fountains situated throughout the course of the Biome to stay hydrated, but as the children stripped off their layers, and I got stuck holding them all, I was literally melting in the heat. For future reference, there is a cloak room at the entrance to leave coats and jumpers, and I definitely advise wearing light clothing for your visit.

Despite the heat there are so many amazing plants and trees to admire, including banana plants, cacao, coffee and rubber. There are also lots of colourful displays to really capture the children’s attention and information points throughout to really get the most out of the experience.

The second Biome is the Mediterranean and has a far more bearable temperature of 9-25 degrees. As you enter the Biome the smell of flowers and herbs really hits you!

Through the landscapes of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia, there are some beautiful spots to stop and take photos, something that, as a blogger, is always a bonus!

At the centre of the Biome is a gorgeous area perfect for relaxing indoors, enjoying a picnic, or just having a lounge around on one of the brightly coloured scatter cushions.

It is here where, at regular intervals throughout the day, Storytellers share tales ranging from local Cornish folk stories to fables about rainforest plants all the way from the Amazon. We were lucky enough to catch one and the children loved to hear tales of their favourite mythical creature – the unicorn! It’s a great way of combining learning with fun and I can totally see why The Eden Project is hailed as such a centre of education.

One of the great things about the Mediterranean Biome are the many sculptures and exhibitions on display throughout. With cleverly designed displays, including those from Greek Mythology, there is something to look at around every corner.

Outdoors we were free to explore the Botanical Gardens which are just beautiful, and I imagine in the summer time the gardens are a beautiful place to enjoy a picnic and explore.

Due to visiting at Halloween we were lucky enough to take part in some of the Halloween activities, set up in a huge teepee. The children were able to paint rocks as well as create magical food for mythical beasts. All of the staff members were so lovely and helpful with the children and took their time to share their knowledge with us all of The Eden Project and all it stood for.

Inside the Core building, we were excited to see the Invisible Worlds exhibition, introducing the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments, at all scales, which explores how life is shaped by and shapes this invisible ‘Life Support System’.

The Infinity Blue sculpture was a real focus point – a huge ceramic “breathing” sculpture, paying homage to one of the world’s smallest but most important organisms: the cyanobacteria. At over eight metres tall, Infinity Blue is one of the world’s largest ceramic sculptures and as it shot out vapour rings, all of the children watching were completely mesmerised!

Also in the exhibition was the giant Seed Sculpture, made from a single piece of granite and carved with 1800 nodes in the pattern of a Fibonacci spiral – the growth pattern found across the natural world in things like sunflowers, pine cones and ammonites. At more than 70-tonnes, Seed weighs as much as 10 elephants and the piece of stone it’s carved from is thought to be several hundred million years old. It was pretty impressive to say the least!

The main thing that struck me about The Eden Project, and particularly about the exhibitions, was just how incredibly educational it was whilst still being a really fun family day out. On the one hand you have the Biomes and the Core Building, and on the other you have a fantastic play area and activities to enjoy, providing a fantastic day out to please both adults and children.

As we made our way out of The Eden Project we took in the views across the bridge, watching the zip-liners zooming past (Gaz and Lewis actually returned the following day to do this themselves!) and it was amazing to think how much hard work has gone into this project, and still does every single day.

We had such a great day at The Eden Project and it completely opened both mine and the children’s eyes to our living world. Prices start at £64 for a family ticket and although it isn’t a cheap day out, it’s definitely somewhere I would encourage everyone to visit, at least once in their lifetime.

** We were invited to The Eden Project for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. ** 

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26 Comments

  1. November 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

    I too have always wanted to visit the Eden Project unfortunately when we went o Newquay we didn’t have enough time for it but looks very educational and fun.

  2. November 20, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Eden Project, it looks amazing! But it’s sooo far away from Edinburgh. A while back, I was meant to attend a conference there for work but then it got cancelled. I was gutted.

  3. November 20, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Aww I love the Eden Project for a fun family day out! We visited last year and there was something for us all to enjoy 🙂

  4. November 20, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I went to the Eden Project pre kids when it first opened and I would love to return their with my family. I had forgotten what an amazing place it is and you capture it so beautifully. x

  5. November 20, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Eden Project, and I actually think it looks even more beautiful with those gorgeous Autumn colours. Thanks for the tip about the cloakroom – I’d have turned up in Autumn clothing as well!

  6. November 20, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    We went to the Eden Project recently too and loved it, the infinity blue was a huge hit with the kids! How awesome was that thing? Stunning photos x

  7. November 20, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Your photos are so lovely! I’ve always wanted to visit and now I’m absolutely determined to take B. He’d love it! One to add to our list for next summer – we’ll remember the top about losing the layers!
    Kat x

  8. November 21, 2018 / 7:24 am

    It’s such an amazing experience at the Eden Project isn’t it? The Eden Project is our absolutely favourite! We feel so, so lucky because we live in Cornwall and we get to go a lot. We have a locals pass which means we can experience every single season and its amazing how much it changes from one season to the next and how many different experiences are on offer constantly. 🙂 Your pictures are so gorgeous by the way. x

  9. November 21, 2018 / 11:10 am

    Looks like the kids had a great time. I love the bright yellow jumpers they have on.

  10. November 21, 2018 / 11:54 am

    I would love to go to the EDEN project it looks fantastic. It also looks a lot more interesting than I first thought. Great photos too x

  11. November 21, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Ohhh this is so cute! especially the dome shaped structures! Busy will love those!

  12. November 21, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    I went to the Eden Project when Millie-Mae was just 9 months old (so back in 2007) – I recognised a lot of it from your photos, but there’s some more recent additions too. I have to ask .. don’t suppose the Cornish Pasty shop is still inside the restaurant area? (Best one we’ve ever had!)

  13. November 21, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    I’ve wanted to go here for a while. It looks like such an interesting day out and it seems like there is lots to do for families

  14. November 21, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Oooh…I’ve always wanted to go! I’ve never visited the English South and that is one region I really would love to explore, especially Cornwall. I feel like that is the only part of England that can be considered “quaint”. Modernity has taken over lol. Those sculptures are really interesting in their poses.

  15. November 21, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit The Eden Project but never had a chance while we were in the UK. It’ll probably be a few years before I get the chance but my son might enjoy it more then. It does look and sound amazing!

  16. November 21, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    We loved the Eden Project when we visited this summer, its a brilliant day out and just so much to do. It’s definitely somewhere we would love to return x

  17. November 21, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Omgosh! The place sounds so fun. I’d definitely want to visit. I also want to say how precious your son and daughters are. They are adorable!

  18. November 22, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I have heard so many lovely things about The Eden Project, your kids look very happy exploring

  19. November 22, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    We love Eden project and are staying in Cornwall at Christmas so it is definitely on the to-do list

  20. Wendy
    November 23, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Wow wow wow!!! I want to go here so badly! It sounds absolutely incredible and it’s great to hear the kids enjoyed it so much too!xx

  21. November 24, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    I had entrance tickets to the Eden project a few years ago and couldn’t go. Been trying to organise another visit since.

  22. November 24, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Firstly their matching jumpers are too cute!! Secondly the Eden project is such a great place! We have been a few times and never tire of it! Always something new to learn

    Laura x

  23. November 26, 2018 / 3:56 am

    Your kids are really blessed to see a lot of great places at a young age. Eden Project is one of the best places to have a family date. I’ll bring my future kids there too!

  24. chichi
    November 26, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I have about the Eden project, my sister took her kids there and they absolutely enjoyed it! Would love to visit too!

  25. Elizabeth O
    December 3, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    What a fascinating place to visit. I would love to see this spot myself. Such Fun!

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