A visit to the Eden Project

The Eden Project has been on my list of places to visit for a while. Being in Cornwall and staying at Coombe Mill over Christmas was the perfect opportunity to finally spend a day there.

 

Hubby and Sophie looking at the view to the biomes at the Eden Project - "A visit to the Eden Project"

 

“Look Mummy, it’s Go Jet Academy!” Sophie exclaimed as we headed down the hill towards the biomes. Go Jetters is one of her favourite CBeebies programmes. I love that it sparks an interest in geography and different landmarks across the world. I don’t think the Go Jetters have visited the Eden Project but I can see the similarity between the iconic biomes and Go Jet Academy.

 

The giant bee sculpture outside the biomes caught my eye. It’s a reminder of the importance of bees and other pollinating insects in helping plants to reproduce and produce the crops that provide us with food. Sophie was quite taken by the big bee, although she was glad that bees aren’t that big in real life!

 

The giant bee sculpture

 

There are coat racks inside the link building where you can leave your coats while visiting the biomes. The temperature ranges from 9˚C to 25˚C in the Mediterranean biome and 18˚C to 35˚C in the rainforest biome. It was good not to have to carry our coats around with us!

 

We started off in the Mediterranean biome. This is the smaller of the two biomes. It features plants and landscapes from the warm temperate climate of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia.

 

Sophie looking at tangerines growing in the trees

 

Sophie had the map and was leading the way as we made our way past olive trees and a citrus grove with tangerines and satsumas growing in the trees.

 

Sophie walking across a wooden bridge in the Mediterranean biome

 

It was a whistle-stop trip through the biome and I suspect we missed out a big chunk of it. Sophie was eager to head back through the link building and visit the rainforest biome.

 

Sophie sitting on Daddy's shoulders as he walks through the rainforest biome

 

The rainforest biome is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. It features plants and landscapes from the tropical islands, South America, Southeast Asia and West Africa. Sophie was fascinated to see pineapples growing next to the path. I have to admit I never realised that pineapples grew on the ground – I always assumed they grew on trees!

 

Pineapples growing on bushes

 

I loved all the beautiful orchids on display in the orchid house. The orchid I have at home is about the only house plant that I’ve managed to keep alive!

 

Orchids in the orchid house

 

The rainforest canopy walkway has several different areas which help explain the importance of the rainforest and its effect on weather and climate. I’d have liked to have spent a little longer looking at some of the displays here and reading more, but Sophie was keen to keep moving on!

 

Sophie in a hut with wording on the walls about how the rainforest affects climate

 

The cloud bridge was lots of fun. Sophie enjoyed getting to walk through the clouds. She also loved walking across the canopy rope bridge.

 

Sophie walking through clouds on the rainforest canopy walkway

 

Sophie walking across the rope bridge in the rainforest canopy walkway

 

We admired the beautiful big waterfall flowing from the top of the rainforest biome at the end of the rainforest canopy walkway.

 

The big waterfall in the rainforest biome

 

As we headed to the viewing platform at the top of the rainforest biome, we passed a series of colourful Peruvian wall paintings. The paintings tell stories about the spirits of various plants that are used for healing properties.

 

Painting on the wall with the text - "“The Spirit Woman of Ajo Sacha. The leaves of Ajo Sacha are taken to soothe joint pain and as a cleansing bath. The plant also teaches mental concentration while the spirit woman represents the vegitalistas.”

 

I wasn’t able to go up to the viewing platform as I was carrying Thomas in the sling. It can be very hot and humid at the top and there are various safety restrictions for going up to the viewing platform. If Jessica had still been with us, her heart condition would have also prevented her from going up there. Hubby took Sophie to the top and took some photos of the view though.

 

The view from the top of the rainforest biome

 

After leaving the biomes, we briefly popped inside the Core which is home to the Invisible Worlds exhibition. This exhibition explores worlds that are beyond our senses – for example, those that are too tiny, like bacteria and viruses or too far away, like the planets and stars. We didn’t have time to look around the exhibition but Sophie was quite fascinated by the Infinity Blue sculpture near the entrance. This huge sculpture which has vapour rings coming out of it, represents cyanobacteria which produce oxygen. Sophie had lots of fun trying to catch the vapour rings.

 

Sophie trying to catch smoke rings coming out of the cyanobacteria art installation

 

 

A little robin came over to say hello to us when we stopped at the bench outside the Core. It came up close, perching quite happily on the back of the bench, just a few inches away from me. I left hubby sitting there while Sophie and I popped to the toilets. The robin was still by the bench when I returned. I was amazed when hubby told me that it had hopped right on to his knee. There’s a saying – “when robins appear, loved ones are near” – I couldn’t help thinking that this was a sign from Jessica, reminding us that she is still with us.

 

A robin sitting on a bench with holly in the background

 

 

The beautiful butterfly sculpture near the Core also made me think of Jessica.

 

A butterfly sculpture

 

 

There were various outdoor garden areas which we would have liked to explore, but we didn’t have time left to do so. Our tickets are valid for a year though so if we are visiting Cornwall again this year, we can always make a return trip (or two!).

 

Sophie walking through one of the gardens outside the biomes

 

 

Visiting the Eden Project – what you need to know:

Address:

Eden Project
Bodelva
Cornwall
PL24 2SG

There is plenty of free parking on site and a park and ride bus operates from the car parks to the visitor centre.

 

Opening times and ticket prices:

The Eden Project is open every day apart from Christmas Day and selected days in January and February. For more information about times, visit the Eden Project website here.

 

We bought our tickets on the day at £27.50 for each adult ticket and £14 for a child ticket (age 5-16). Children under 5 go free. If you donate the cost of your ticket (as we did), you will receive an annual pass instead.

 

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11 thoughts on “A visit to the Eden Project

  1. Oh it looks amazing! I have never been to the Eden project but would love to. Might have to make the effort this year. Glad you had a good day and I love the fact that Jessica’s robin hopped onto her daddy’s knee to say hello 🙂
    Nat.x

    1. That was such an amazing moment. It is a lovely day out – I’d like to go back again at some stage and explore some of the bits we missed this time x

  2. Such lovely photos, mine inside the tropical rain forest biome always mist up. I’ll give you another useless fact about pineapples (I was the Tesco Buyer once) they never ripen once they are picked so always choose one that is already ripe. You’ll definitely have to get back to Cornwall and see Eden at a different time of year, it really changes with the seasons and makes the ticket much better value. My favourite photo is the little Robin, what a magic moment. #CountryKids

    1. I never knew that about pineapples – thank you for telling me that. I’ll make sure I always go for ripe ones from now on!

  3. The Eden Project is on our list of places to go to and it sounds and looks like you had an amazing time! And how lovely that Jessica’s Robin came to say hello too.
    #CountryKids

    1. I can imagine that your little acorns would have a wonderful time there. It certainly is a very interesting place to explore.

  4. I love the Eden Project. We went not long after it first opened and it’s fascinating to return over the years watching the biomes change and grow. Love how it made Sophie think of Go Jetters! I don’t remember the core so that must be added since our last visit, and the Peruvian paintings. Glad you had a fab time, with Jessica hopping around you all too! #CountryKids

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