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