Just 10 minutes away from were we live is the fabulous Eden Project were you can learn all about tropical plants and looking after the environment through fun interactive learning. Today we had a lovely opportunity to visit The Eden project FREE with one of the other mothers from my daughters pre-school and her son.
Although we only had 2 hours to look around The Eden Project due to having to be back at my other daughters school to pick her up, we had a lovely time and managed to see some of the wonderful things The Eden Project has to offer. But really to soak everything in you need to make this visit a day visit. (Note to self for summer holidays)
At the Eden Project we saw a large ant made out of recycled rubbish, for example old TV’s, washing machines, computers, monitors, electrical wires etc… We had loads of fun trying to name all the different bits of rubbish we could find on him. There was also sculptures on the out side tables made from pots and pans which moved around in circles when the wind caught it. They had loads of information on each saucepan about the amount of food we waste in the world had how we can prevent food wastage. But the biggest talking point of the afternoon was the giant bee sat in the flower bed, the children were amazed by him and they could not be leave his size.
At the the Eden Project they have two large Bi-oms which are home to thousands of tropical plants and in one of the Bi-oms is a stunning water fall. My daughter loved looking at all the unusual plants especially this pink flower as her favorite colour is pink.
Due to our time restrictions we only had time to quickly look around one of the Bi-oms but we had so much fun walking around the all the plants, running under the long leaves of some of the trees and try to to jump to see if we could touch the really tall trees. Through out the bi-om there are interesting fact about different parts of the world and we looked in a paddy field hut, saw how coco bean is collected and had a up close encounter with a sugar cane truck. Which as you can see my daughter found the truck to be a great leaning post while she looked at all the sugar cane plants.
But you cant have a fun filled walk around a hot bi-om with out having some cake and homemade apple juice, which I must say went down like a treat and refreshed us for some more fun before we had to leave. Just out side the bakery (Which is the name for the Eden Project Cafe) there was a hand carved wooden tractor which my daughter and her friend enjoyed playing on, although they had to learn the skill of taking in turns before their tractor adventure truly started.
As the sun was shinning today we decided to venture over to The Eden Project out side play area were we found a xylophone made out of a old tree trunk and some recycled copper pipe, and a tepee in the middle of the living willow maze filled with sand perfect for making sand castles with.
It was hard to tear the children away when it was time to leave via the Charlie and the chocolate factory glass lift and of course the Eden Project plant nursery were my daughter choose a souvenir to bring home, a lovely plant for our garden.
If you ever visit Cornwall I would highly recommend visiting the Eden Project, bring a picnic and immerse your day with fun filled excitement.
Were do you have locally to you, you could recommend we visit to have a fun family day out?