The whole of Cornwall is gearing up for the once-in-a-lifetime history making moment when the Olympic Flame begins its 8,000 mile journey through the UK starting at Lands End. More than a billion people around the world are expected to see the Flame set off on Saturday May 19th, passing through 21 communities in the county for the first leg of its relay journey.
Torchbearers have been selected by members of their local communities and will wear the white and gold uniform designed by Adidas. By the time the Olympic Flame arrives at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27th it will have been carried by an average of 115 torchbearers each day.
One of the most exciting moments on Saturday will come at the world famous Eden Project. When the Olympic Flame arrives at around 4.20pm it will be transferred into a lantern and carried to the Rainforest Biome. Here TV presenter and torchbearer Ben Fogle will hold the Flame aloft as it soars 50 metres into the sky aboard Eden’s helium-filled balloon, piloted by Ben.
Eden is celebrating the day with a wide range of activities for all the family, including Cornish wrestling displays, performances of traditional sea shanties from the Barrel Rock Boys, dance demonstrations and a sports day featuring hobby horse dressage, bean bag shot put and an obstacle course relay. After leaving Eden the Flame will pass through Bodmin and other parts of the county on its way to the Tamar Bridge, where it will continue its journey into Devon.
The Eden Project is within easy reach for guests at CLC Trenython Manor.