Recently we visited The Eden Project whilst holidaying in Cornwall. Top of our 'to do' list (ok, ok, my to do list), it did not disappoint. We went on a showery Autumn day but even so it was a great day out - definitely worth considering if you are on holiday in Cornwall and looking for something to do on a rainy day which kids will enjoy too.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that when visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan you receive a 25% discount voucher to use at The Eden Project (and vice versa).
You can read my post on The Lost Gardens of Heligan here.
The Rainforest Biome I found particularly interesting and my children asked lots of questions as we walked round, which has to be a good thing. It is humid inside, but to help there's a cloakroom where you can leave coats and jumpers just outside. There's also a cool room located in the middle for any one who needs it. And it's not all greenery, there's lots of colour too!
Below you can see the Rainforest Biome viewing platform, open at certain times of day (the times are displayed on the way in and may vary day to day). We didn't go up there, alas I am a terrible coward when it comes to heights - but what an awesome view it must give...
There are lots of interactive areas where children can explore and learn at the same time, each of the coloured drawers contained something different like seeds, all set in clear resin so they can see but not touch. Kitty and Ozzy loved this and spent quite some time methodically opening drawers and asking about what was inside (luckily it tells you!)
At the end there's the Eden Project shop and nursery - well worth a visit, it has a huge selection of ethically sourced goods at reasonable prices. I fell in love with the Hairy Pot Plant Company and was chuffed to go home and look them up and find they are local to me. The Hairy Pot Plant Company, based in Hampshire make coir fibre 'Hairy Pots' which pots start life in Sri Lanka where their production uses two natural ingredients and gives valuable employment to locals.
The pots themselves are made from the fibres of coconut husks, a by-product of the large local coconut oil industry. The fibres are sifted, graded and steamed to get rid of any bugs and seeds before being dried and coated with a little latex from local rubber trees. They are pressed into their final shape, hand trimmed and shipped to The Hairy Pot Plant's Hampshire nursery where they are filled with herbs and cottage garden plants to sell.
If you are spending time in Cornwall do give The Eden Project consideration for a visit. Even if you aren't a 'gardeny type' it's really interesting for all the family!
More info here: http://www.edenproject.com
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