The Eden Project

By GirlaboutBath • Uncategorized • 27 Oct 2011

This week we visited the Eden Project nr. St Austell in Cornwall.  Having last made the trip five years ago I was thoroughly impressed by the way this place has grown into itself.  Initially baulking at the £22 entrance fee, I softened a little when I was informed that this was a year’s membership too so we can visit again as many times as we like until October next year.  It is still a lot to pay if you live too far away to make a repeat trip but the two and a half hour drive from Bath will certainly be made by us again before our card expires!

The whole place was packed, obviously due to half term, but also due to the fantastic ‘HallowEden’ inspired activities that Eden had organised – ice skating and the ‘Wishcraft’ tent in which children could have their faces painted (spectacularly well I might add), watch incredible pumpkin carvers, make magic wands and charms, listen to magical stories and oggle at the intricate designs and décor of the tent and the costumes of those working inside of it. 

Despite biblical downpours of rain, we managed to skit from place to place without too much of a soaking – stopping for sustenance in the Eden Bakery which operates a novel system of working.  Once you have laden your breadboard-tray with hearty, freshly prepared (right in front of you) food, you seat yourself at chunky wooden tables, beneath rustic bunting and mug-trees and devour your feast, before finally paying at a station where it’s up to you to say what you had.  Saves queuing for paying with full trays, and it seems to speed up the entire process and give the entire place a very laid-back feel.  We did however wonder what their loss is based on the honesty policy…

The Biodomes were spectacular – the colours and patterns of nature that they have cultivated are really something to behold. 

I was also excited to see some great guerilla knitting on the way out, on the bike racks – impressive work from whoever the Eden knitting fairy is!   We were treated to a rainbow over the site before we left through the shop – which is absolutely not full of the usual tourist ‘tat’ but in fact a huge range of fabulous gifts for house and garden: ethical, sustainable and recycled products that were hard to pass by (thankfully we only managed to fall for a lemon tree).  

All in all, a wonderful trip which I would strongly recommend to all.

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