A trip to The Eden Project, Cornwall
When I first visited The Eden Project, it was in the days when it was first being built. It wasn’t much more than muddy ground with the skeleton of the signature biomes. You could get closer to these by taking a ride on a trailer around the site. It was exciting to imagine what it could become. Having been several times since it was opened, I think it is safe to say that it exceeded expectations. It truly is a beautiful and magical place. This visit was going to be a bit different. This was our first visit with the girls.
I did my best to “sell” The Eden Project to the girls. They didn’t look too impressed as I tried to convey just how amazing the biomes were. Freyja declared that it sounded “boring” and wanted to go to the beach. I promised them, that it really would be worth the trip there.
Freyja is not the most patient of children on car journeys. She is forever asking how long it will take to reach our destination, and is only placated when she can see the end point on the Sat Nav. As we approached, I told her to look out for the “big greenhouses”. As she peered out of the car window she kept getting glimpses through the trees. I knew by the shouting of “I can see them!!” that thoughts of going to the beach were now well and truly out of her mind.
The biomes are quite a walk down to the old quarry. But there were plenty of things to occupy the girls on the walk – including a massive wheel, a huge xylophone and stepping stones.
There were also lots of statues. We loved finding this statue of a woman, hidden away within the garden. My girls love Moana, so they instantly insisted it was Te Fiti. The gigantic bumblebee wasn’t hidden away and induced a different sense of awe. I wondered if the bumblebee was looking for the equally huge, industrial plant.
And of course, throughout the gardens were all the beautiful flowers. They seemed almost secondary to all the other spectacles.
We visited the Rainforest Biome first. Having abandoned our coats we set off to explore. Rich braved the treetop viewing platform. I stayed closer to the ground to look after the girls. I was quite glad I did. I am not sure how long I would have got along the walkways, which, from the ground, looked to be so high up.
The girls enjoyed the lower level walkways. The highlight for them had to be walking through a cloud!
We also loved to see all the exotic plants in the Rainforest Biome, from delicate orchids, pineapples and coffee and cocoa.
After the Rainforest Biome, we visited the slightly cooler Mediterranean Biome. Although less exotic, it was no less colourful as is shown by the riot of colour from this swathe of tulips.
I’m not sure what it is that I love about The Eden Project so much. There really is so much to see. So many unexpected things. Maybe it is just from seeing just how far it has come from those days when it was an exhausted clay pit, to something that is bursting with life and colour. What is for sure is this won’t be our last visit here with the girls.