A Visit to The Eden Project
At the weekend I took our kids on a trip to the Eden Project, just outside of St Austell. They were offering free admission over several weekends to lots of groups within Cornwall. As home educators, we qualified for this one and as we haven’t been for several years, we were keen to go along.
It had already been a busy weekend. We had been selling our t-shirts and bags at the Big Sheep Christmas Market on the Saturday. Arwen, our oldest daughter had been helping to run art workshops for kids in Plymouth. So in the end we didn’t make it out of the house until lunchtime.
As we arrived we got tangled up in a large group of Santas, who had gathered to take part in a charity fun run. As it was also starting to rain, we quickly headed into the Core Building to see the Invisible Worlds exhibit.
At 8 metres tall this whopper of a ceramic sculpture blows out large vapour rings at different heights and angles, every minute or so.
It was made to celebrate cyanobacteria, which started producing oxygen 3 billion years ago.
It certainly captured the imagination of all the children in the room, who were all eagerly trying to catch one of the rings.
Although we’ve seen it many times before, Peter Randall-Page’s sculpture, The Seed, was just as impressive.
Weighing more than 70 tonnes, this beautiful seed was carved out of one gigantic piece of Cornish Granite.
Lots of people were enjoying the ice skating that takes place at Eden each winter. We carried on to the biomes, passing the giant bee sculpture on the way.
There’s lots to learn about, with exhibits about rubber, coffee, rice and the destruction of forest fires.
Wren, who has just started taking her first steps, took the opportunity to have a little patter about on the mosaic pathways.
Although the land train looked tempting to take us back to the top, we’re all trying to get more exercise, so we opted to walk instead.
It was a great afternoon, even though we were all tired from the day before and we must say a big thank you to The Eden Project for our day out.