A Visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall

A Visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall

Family time is so precious, especially with an older teenager. Trying to encourage ours to join us on any family trips requires careful negotiation and a touch of bribery so on a recent trip to Cornwall, I wanted to make our days out as memorable as I could. Knowing that the recipe for success is good food, interesting and interactive surroundings as well as something we could hopefully stir a conversation from, we chose to visit The Eden Project.

It wasn’t our first visit there, we’ve been a couple of times before over the last 8 years, but it’s one of those places I’ll never tire of. The quality and thought into everything always blows me away, from the moment you park the car and embark on the journey down to the famous biomes, be it shuttle or foot, you are transported into another world where inspiration to live a life centred around the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, inspires you at every step.

We began with coffee and cakes in the Eden Kitchen and planned our day while watching the staff prepare for the busy lunch time ahead in the open kitchens. The day’s buzz was warming up and the hint of a busy bank holiday was evident.

No visit to Eden is complete with out a trip through the rainforest or mediterranean biomes. This was our first trip with a pushchair and was hoping it didn’t limit us too much. Luckily Eden is well equipped for families, from the huge supply of high chairs in the restaurants, to the kids lunch packs in the restaurants and we soon found out, had the full access round the biomes which we accessed via a lift.

My photography passion went into over drive as I dwindled behind capturing everything and anything while Daz and the boys studied and took in the amazing views but it soon became too much for the Toddler who insisted on walking and with so much to touch and see, who were we to stop him.

A visit to The Eden Project in Cornwall

I did have a chuckle to myself as the Teenager’s defence at being told to take his hood down meant he walked through the rainforest looking hotter and hotter as the rest of us peeled layer up on layer off.

visiting the Eden Project as a family, there was so much to do that a day wasn't enough!

 

 

flowers at Edenthe man made waterfall in the rain forest biome at The Eden Project

As well as the rainforest biome, we visited the Mediterranean. A little less humid but equally relaxing, we found many quirky and historical things, you can’t help but imagine you’re somewhere far away.

We came back down to planet Cornwall and took a walk round the gardens, with still so much to see and learn, the sustainable living ethos was really starting to draw us in. Have you ever wondered what to do with all those old household appliances? How about this?

It wasn’t long before we were off on another experience, this time with the dinosaur theme. Each summer there’s a different theme with accompanying activity, I remember den building at Eden many years ago. As we approached the main area you could hear the roars and luckily the Toddler chose this moment to have a nap as I’m not sure he’d have enjoyed the life-sized creatures as much as his brothers and I did!

Visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall
By now we were all getting pretty tired and ready for another pit stop. So headed back to the exit, before stopping to check out the huge gift shop and then boarding the shuttle bus back up to the car parks and back to normality, ready to take on a whole new sustainable lifestyle.

 

 

Disclaimer

We received complimentary day passes to experience The Eden Project, all words and opinions are entirely my own, 

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4 Comments

  1. 16th September 2015 / 9:18 am

    I totally agree that family time is so precious – especially when you get that feeling that you are going to be one down on family trips before very long! Great photos! The hoodie did make me laugh – been there with mine! We have visited the Eden Project but it was a long time ago and looks like there is more to do now. Looks like a fab day out. Thanks for sharing #Sharewithme

    • 16th September 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Thank Sara, its amazing these teens don’t over heat with the hood thing isn’t it.

  2. Jenny
    22nd September 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Looks amazing I have heard so much loving adventures in cornwall lately I must take the kids soon. Been there once before but not recently. It’s a beautiful place. Looks like you all had a great time and love the photos. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 22nd September 2015 / 1:58 pm

      its a stunning county, some places are just untouched by modern society. I’d thoroughly recommend it

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