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Family day out at the eden project

Just a 45 minute drive from Wrinklers Wood Glamping is the amazing and unique Eden Project, which is where I took my two boys for a day out recently.


Being off season we were able to park quite close to the entrance, but please bear in mind it will not be so easy in the height of the season. The best plan is to get there early before the crowds, as the outside car parks are a long walk to get from and to.


For those of you who have not been before or know very little about the Eden Project here is a little summary for you;


The site is a former clay pit that dates back to over 160 years ago. It was the brain child of Jan Smit who wanted to create an environment for people to learn and appreciate plants, biodiversity and sustainability. By construction two huge domes, which started in 1998, together with a Dutch architect, Nicholas Grimshaw, he was able to re-create the micro climate of a subtropical rain forest in one biome and in the other a more temporate climate similar to that of the Mediterranean. The biomes consist of hundreds of haxagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames.




Experience the sights, smells and scale of the rainforests in the Rainforest Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - and discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products. Travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, and in the 30-acre Outdoor Garden see hemp, sunflowers and other plants that could change your future, flourishing under the Cornish sun.


A fascinating location, but, more importantly, Eden is a fun and family-friendly day out. Curious kids can find out where tea, rubber and sugar come from, and travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations that they dream of traveling to in the future. There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days, music concerts and much more besides.


There are many places to eat with a number of cafes and pasty shops and benches where you can eat your own picnic.


The shop is also excellent with many interesting eco-products and educational toys, but beware it is not cheap!


A really worthwhile trip if you have never been before.



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