Inside a massive crater, surrounded by green countryside, is a very futuristic looking complex with two huge enclosing, steel-framed structures comprising hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal plastic cells. These twin biomes are like giant greenhouses; the largest simulates a Rainforest environment, the smaller a Mediterranean. This is the Eden Project, a few miles from St Austell, and one of Cornwall’s leading visitor attractions.

 

The Eden Project’s Atmospheric Attractions

Tim Smit first conceived The Eden Project in 1995, earmarking a giant, 160 year old, disused clay pit for its location. The project was eventually opened in 2002, combining a pioneering visitor attraction with an educational charity and social enterprise.

The large Tropical Biome is 180ft high and covers 3.9 acres. It houses tropical plants and trees, and is both warm and humid. By contrast, the smaller Mediterranean Biome has a much dryer heat and is used for growing plants such as grape vines and olives.

The Eden Project also has outdoor gardens and a covered educational and exhibition space known as the Core.

As a visitor experience, the Eden Project is unique, being artificial yet encouraging people to experience a relationship with nature. It manages the difficult trick of being entertaining and educational at the same time. You can delve into the information about our dependency on the environment, or you can just soak up the atmosphere and the impressive scale of the whole thing. Lovers of gardens and plants will find plenty to fascinate them, and kids plenty to distract them.

It has plenty of on-site facilities, including restaurants and cafes and gift shops. It’s architecturally stunning and artistically stimulating, home to vivid sculpture and art.

 

Events and Entertainment at The Eden Project

The Eden Project hosts special events all year round, such as dinosaur invasions and adventure activities, including zip wire rides.

Those looking for something less frantic can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining on the Mediterranean Terrace (naturally) on selected evenings during the Spring, Summer and Autumn months.

The Project is also home to the famous Eden Sessions outdoor concerts every June and July. These are essentially a series of live mini-festivals held in the setting of the Eden Project, combining stunning natural acoustics with the imposing backdrop of the lit-up Biomes. Artists who have appeared here include Pulp, Muse, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Elbow and Elton John. Just remember to book well in advance if you want to combine the Eden Sessions with a self- catering holiday stay in Cornwall.