An immersive and interactive experience, the Eden Project is a fascinating family day out that combines learning about the relationship between humans and plants with a lively programme of events, including hosting top musical acts and festivals, and attractions that include the longest – and fastest – zip wire in England!
Eden’s giant geodesic domes are instantly recognisable landmarks with a Mediterranean climate created in one and a tropical humidity in the other, with thousands of plant species housed inside. These Biomes, as they are known, protect flora and fauna from across the world and this vast global garden has been called the ‘Eighth wonder of the world’.
The Project is built on a former clay pit, a terrain that was featured in the 1998 cult TV series ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, and opened its doors to the public in 2001. Located at St Blazey’s, overlooking St Austell Bay, in addition to being a visitor attraction, Eden is a charity and social enterprise running valuable research projects here and around the world.
Special family events, exhibitions and happenings fill an active calendar throughout the year, with a great variety on offer that can range from the gentle pursuit of storytelling sessions amid the delicious scents of the Citrus Grove in the Mediterranean Biome, or even a massage, to the thrill of the zip wire which stretches 660m with speeds of 60mph achieved. You can even go headfirst in a special harness that allows you to experience the ride ‘superman’ style for a spectacular view of the site!
At CLC Trenython Manor we have our own small green projects and environmental interests, helping young people understand more about nature, and if you wish to see the far bigger picture at the Eden Project it is only a five minutes’ drive from the resort.