EDEN PROJECT

EDEN PROJECT

At the moment one of my favourite things to do, is to re-explore all of the places I used to visit when I was a child, but this time with my own little family.

There is something so magical about going to these places again now that I am older, and watching my own daughter experience them for the first time.

Eden Project is one of those places that will always feel so special to visit. I remember when it was still just a quarry and being lucky enough to see the site in the early stages of being built.

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I also remember going for the first time when it had just opened, and although there really wasn’t much there, it was still incredible. 

One thing that never seems to change is that ‘Wow!’ feeling that you get as soon as you step through the entrance and see the biomes all the way down below you. If you’ve never been, it really is a must for your bucket list. 

Eden Project Excited

All year we’ve been planning to visit in Autumn/Winter, so that we could take full advantage of the ice-skating that they have on offer at this time of year.

We weren’t sure if Evie would be old enough to play on the rink, but we were overjoyed to find that the ice rink had been transformed into a parent and toddler playground for an hour during our visit.

Eden Project Ice Rink

We went on the ice in just our shoes as it was safer for toddlers, but Evie didn’t bat an eyelid, and acted as if we were on normal terrain.

We were the only ones on the ice and were spoilt for choice with the toys, but Evie only had eyes for one toy; the red and yellow car.

Eden Project Car

She refused to try out any other toy and when our time was up, in true toddler fashion, there was a dramatic exit from the ice rink as she tantrumed her way across to the Biomes.

Eden Project Rainforest BiomeThe Biomes really are incredible. We didn’t get many pictures because we were trying to read everything we could.

But they really are breathtaking to see and experience. It’s such an odd feeling going from a chilly autumn Cornish day, straight into a humid ‘Rainforest’ biome.

Did you ever see that episode of friends when Monica had to get her hair braided because it couldn’t cope with humidity? Apparently that’s me! A slight whiff of humidity and my hair fully puffs up and frizzes out. 

Eden Project FamilyEvie got quite tired and grizzly quickly from the heat, but around every corner there seemed to be a rest spot and a point of interest to interact with.

There is just so much to see in the Rainforest Biome. From old huts and houses, to real wildlife flying around, to the ‘Canopy Walk’ where you can actually walk amongst the tree tops. Not forgetting a beautiful waterfall that’s sits at the very top of the Biome and splashes you with a nice cool spray, which is very refreshing after a warm walk to the summit.

Eden Project House

As you know from our foraging post, Jamie is a big fan of learning about edible plants, so we did lose him a few times as he was so engrossed in finding out as much as he could. But I did manage to get some seriously cute snaps of him and Evie.

Eden Project FamilyIt takes about an hour and a half to see everything inside the humid Rainforest Biome. Throw a very slow toddler into that mix and it felt like we’d just been on holiday to the tropics, for a week.

Popping next door into the second, smaller biome was a welcome relief. It’s a lot cooler and features lots of plants and sculptures from the Mediterranean, including a pretty little restaurant that cooks with the flavours that can be found in this indoor garden.

Eden Project Mediterranean Biome

It was in here that Evie found her new favourite hideout. It took us an age to move on from this American Indian tule hut. As you can see, she wasn’t alone in her love for playing peekaboo in this little hut.

Eden Project Hut

No corner of Eden Project has been left to waste. The outdoors space is equally magical with it’s creative play zones and interactive gardens.

Evie adored exploring the ‘Sense of Play Garden’ where each section has been dedicated to a specific sense.

Garden Of Senses

There were teepees and tunnels to explore, a sandpit, lots of puddles, timber seats and musical instruments.

Naturally Evie was drawn to every single puddle. I have no idea why we thought it was a good idea to leave her wellies at home.

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I can’t even express to you how much more we explored. The outside space is so vast and you can get easily lost reading about all of the flowers, the medicinal plants, the herbs, the vegetables…the list goes on.

But it definitely is one of those places that are ever changing and great to visit whatever the season. We spent almost all day here and still didn’t even skim the surface.

At first it seems a tad on the expensive side with tickets being from £15 each (£25 for non locals), but it’s oh so worth it for your free year return pass, for the cause it supports and for everything you can see and do.  We can’t wait to go back at Christmas!

Have you ever been to the Eden Project before? Do you want to go?

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  1. November 10, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    We have never visited – it looks amazing. Have just informed hubby that we’re having a Cornwall holiday next year, so you’ll have to keep visiting places for me to put on our list 🙂

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      Oh it is so incredible!!! Haha your list will be so long by the time I’m done. You really need to stay in West Cornwall and then most of the big ones are easily accessible. I’ll be doing a round up post soon of the top 10 places to visit in Cornwall so keep your eyes peeled! 😀 xx

  2. November 11, 2015 / 6:55 am

    I’ve never been but my mum has a few times and we’d love to go. It’s a shame it’s quicker to get to the actual Mediterranean than battle the traffic to drive to Cornwall for us! Hopefully when our boys are older and more keen on car travel! #whatevertheweather

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Haha that’s so true, it probably is so much quicker to get to the actual Mediterranean. It’s definitely one for the bucket list. It is a sight for the eyes! x

  3. November 11, 2015 / 7:44 am

    I agree about revisiting childhood places with your own family – it is so lovely for all of you. I’ve always been fascinated by the Eden project. It sounds magnificent – and so much to do and see!! I’ll have to get down there one day! Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      It really is so magical isn’t it revisiting places. Eden is definitely a must see. It’s jaw dropping. x

  4. November 11, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Looks like you had a lovely day. The ice rink looks fun with all the toys there. We visited last year when we stayed at Coombemill.

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      Coombe Mill looks like an incredible place to stay!!! I wish I didn’t live here because I’d love to holiday there. Eden is magnificent isn’t it. x

  5. November 11, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Never been but it is high on the wishlist. Hopefully this summer we might take a camping trip near there and go for a day. It looks amazing! #whatevertheweather

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      It’s breathtaking Lucy. And I’ve been so many times and still get wowed. Definitely a must visit! x

  6. November 11, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I’m sure I’ve said this before but you’re so lucky having this on your doorstep! #whatevertheweather

    • November 11, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Aww thank you! We never take it for granted. Cornwall really does have it’s low points, like not many shops, no shopping centres or any good cinemas and it does sometimes take an age to get to places with all the roads. But there is lots to see and do outside. x

  7. November 11, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Looks such a good day out, we have never been but would love to. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment Helen. It’s definitely a must see! x

  8. November 11, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Wow Chloe! That is a great day out. Your little princess looks so happy, she loves her adventures. We will be in Devon for Christmas and I’ll see if we can pop over to Cornwall. Eden Project is added on the “must visit” place now. xx

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      She was so happy! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Melody. Devon is so beautiful, you’ll have such a magical Christmas there. Eden is definitely a must see, it is spectacular and you’ll be stunned at how incredible it is. x

  9. November 11, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Wow, that parent and toddler playground looks brilliant, a great idea! We visited the Eden project last year and really enjoyed it, too.

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      It was such a clever idea. More ice rinks should do that. It really is a spectacular place to visit isn’t it. x

  10. November 11, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    We don’t have anything like that around here. Such a fun and educational experience that I’m sure my daughter would love it.

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      It is the only one in the world at the moment and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s such a spectacle just to see it from above! x

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      This post doesn’t even cover the half of it. It’s incredible. A must visit for everyone for sure! It’s such a fun day out. x

  11. November 11, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Eden project, it looks amazing and I never knew they had an ice rink! How fantastic that it was set out for parents and toddlers, I don’t think any rinks near us do that. Typical toddler finding all the puddles too! We will definitely visit one day. 🙂 x

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      They only have the rink in Winter, but it’s so clever what they did with it. Each season they change it to something else. In summer it’s a stage for bands. Every season is equally spectacular on what they have to offer. It’s definitely a must see. Evie spent the majority of our time here in puddles. It’s a really long walk down to the biomes and there is a really large outdoor area. There were puddles everywhere!!! It was so hard to see anything haha. There are even puddles in the biomes! x

  12. Emma
    November 11, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    We love the Eden Project, we’ve had lots of super days out there. The locals pass works out at really good value, especially if you keep going back for different special events – Christmas, Halloween, Easter etc. We’re planning on a Christmas/ice skating visit in the next few weeks.

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      It really is great every season isn’t it. We’re going to go back lots in the next year too. It’s definitely good value for money with the years pass included! 😀 x

  13. November 11, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    I love the Eden Project. Glad you all had fun ?

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      It’s simply stunning isn’t it. Definitely a must see. x

  14. November 11, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    I love the big banana trees, reminds me of being in Africa. I haven’t been to The Eden project yet. Wish we lived closer!

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:11 pm

      They are so huge. My photos don’t even do them justice. I would love to go to Africa one day. You must go to the Eden Project one day. It’s breathtaking. x

  15. November 11, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    We visited the Eden Project last year and thought it was fabulous too:) There is so much to see and do. The ice skating rink looks massive! Much bigger than our local one. You can purchase tickets to the Eden Project with Tesco vouchers (although if I remember rightly they are not annual pass ones) but for non locals this can work out much more cost efficient). Great post Chloe #whatevertheweather

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Ohhh that’s a great tip, thank you Lisa! Tickets for non locals are definitely a tad expensive! But you’re right there is so much to see and do isn’t there. It’s incredible seeing the biomes from above too. xx

  16. November 11, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Wonderful that you get to show your favourite places to your little girl. And she’s just gorgeous. #whatevertheweather

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • November 11, 2015 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much Nadia. Eden is such an incredible place to visit. It’s so lovely getting to see her experience these places for the first time. x

  17. November 12, 2015 / 7:32 am

    I used to absolutely love going to the Eden project, I’d never get bored of going it’s such an amazing place! Looks like you guys had a great time!! Who knew that when I was wondering round the rainforest biome that one day I’d be living in the real life version!!
    Ps I can relate to the hair dramas in humidity…..welcome to my life all the time now haha, I’ve given up on attempting to make it nice any more!!!

    • November 13, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. I am so jealous that you live in the real life version although I’d be exactly the same as you with the hair situation haha. xx

  18. November 12, 2015 / 9:16 am

    The Eden project looks like loads of fun for little people as well as big people! Still yet to plan a visit, but seeing the ice rink got me wondering if they do anything a bit special for Christmas… and it seems that they do. Thanks for sharing your lovely experience. Seeing all those great snaps makes me want to go 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • November 13, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      They do something different every season which is really really good. It’s definitely worth a trip. It’s so incredibly beautiful. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. x

  19. November 12, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Every year we go to Cornwall on holiday and if the weather takes a turn for the worse – and we have to put the body boards in the boot – then we head off to the local places of interest. We have been to the Eden Project twice. We haven’t been in a while but I looks like it has added a few more things to it. That ice rink is fab and how lucky that you were the only ones there to use it. You are right it can be expensive, but it is well worth a visit. #whatevertheweather

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      I love that the always add more things to it because it makes it so worth going back to. Cornwall really is a great place to holiday. If I didn’t live here I think I’d be down all the time. x

  20. November 12, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I’ve never been to the Eden Project – but it sounds amazing. You’ve definitely inspired me to want to go! The ice rink sounds fab – lovely for winter. You wouldn’t tell from that innocent picture that Evie had a tantrum afterwards though – he he! Thanks for hosting. x

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:20 pm

      It really is incredible. Definitely one for the bucket list. The ice rink is so cozy. I wish we could have gone on for an adult session. Haha that’s the problem with this age isn’t it, they’re so cute one minute and tantruming the next. x

  21. November 13, 2015 / 9:02 am

    My husband and I were going to visit here a couple years ago when we were on our honeymoon in Devon but we decided against it. Reading this has made me really wish we had gone, it looks amazing! Looks like Evie really enjoyed it too! Hopefully we will visit one day because it really does look incredible xx #Whatevertheweather

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      You must go back one day, it really is incredible. It’s ever changing as well so to be honest, the longer you leave it the better it will be. x

  22. November 13, 2015 / 11:09 am

    We love the Eden project – we first went there when I was in my early 20’s, so I’m guessing about 10 years ago, we also took Keira when she was a toddler. Such a great place – your girl is so cute. Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Aww thank you so much Sarah. It changes so much so quickly doesn’t it, but it’s such a beautiful place. x

  23. November 13, 2015 / 11:48 am

    I would love to visit the Eden Project, my mum visited a couple of years ago and said it doesn’t disappoint at all. It looks like you all had a fantastic time, Evie looks like she was having a whale of a time!

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      It really doesn’t disappoint. It’s so worth a visit. Evie absolutely loved it. x

  24. November 13, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    This place is definitely on my wish list of places I’d like to visit. Looks like a fab day out!

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:59 pm

      It’s such a brilliant place. It’s so beautiful. Definitely one for the bucket list. x

  25. November 13, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    This place is fantastic!! I love it!! The ice rink looks amazing!! Definitely a lot of fun and lots of things to do. I will have to make a note of this place to go and visit as I have never been there before!! Thanks for hosting this lovely linky #whatevertheweather 🙂 xxx

    • November 13, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      It really is so beautiful and it really is a must visit. Thank you so much for linking up. xx

  26. November 13, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    What a cool place!! Looks like you went at a great time when it wasn’t crowded. It is always humid here in Fl so my hair is always a mess:( Talk about frizzy. How great to experience places with your daughter that you visited when you were young! Thanks for hosting:)

    • November 16, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it. We really did go at the perfect time, I’m sure in school holidays it gets absolutely packed. I’m glad I’m not the only one who suffers from humidity hair!! It’s really annoying isn’t it. It’s so beautiful to get to share these experiences with Evie. Thank you so much for linking up. x

  27. November 16, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Hubby and I have visited a couple of times but we have never taken Monkey. It’s definitely on our list of places to take him one day. The ice rink looks amazing and so great they set it up for toddlers. Monkeys obsessed with those yellow and red cars too. Great photos and your hair looks fine 🙂 xx #Whatevertheweather

    • November 17, 2015 / 11:57 am

      They are such great cars aren’t they. We definitely would love one for the garden but I don’t think Evie would ever leave it. It’s such a fun place to go isn’t it, you definitely have to go back with Monkey. There are lots of interactive things for little ones and the sensory garden is brilliant! xx

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