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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Evie 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.[sliderpro id=”23″]
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?