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Eden Project

Listed under Visitor Attractions in West Country, United Kingdom.

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Since early Victorian times, public parks have given visitors the chance to immerse themselves in nature. Armed with friends, a sunny day, and of course, the all important picnic, it is easy to take a snapshot of what the perfect day in the park should be. The driest cider and Cath Kidston plates aside, the Eden Project bears witness to the idea that a return to nature doesn’t necessarily mean a step back into the halcyon scenes of the past. The far western tip of Cornwall is home to one of the largest greenhouses in the world and since 2001 has been welcoming visitors into a wonderland of creativity and growth.

Clay trail cycle routes come from nearby Bugle and if you choose to access Eden’s green epicentre by foot or by bike, a discounted entry fee is your reward. The enormous project in front of you has exhibitions, events, workshops and educational programmes encouraging you to rethink how we use the world’s resources. The “Mud between your Toes” workshop gets children squelching back outside, building dens and orienteering around the huge site. Far from preachy, “Climate Revolution” and “Gardens for Life” are workshops designed to spark conversations about topics such as energy sourcing and food growth.

Each season is a different window through which to appreciate the life force of the natural world. Spring saturates the park with a patchwork of tulips, poppies, bluebell, campions and violets. Enjoy Cornwall’s beaches by day in summer and take advantage of Eden’s late night opening times by relaxing on the terrace to “The Eden Sessions”, a mix of live music and comedy. Enjoy delicious culinary delights in Autumn’s harvest and ice skate beneath the project’s lanterns at Christmas’s “Time of Gifts festival”.

Despite the enthusiasm for change, Eden’s giant Biomes remain. Zip wire across and explore the jungle of plants housed in varying weather conditions. This breathtaking global garden is open all year round.

Eden Project Homepage.

Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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