AD Gifted Entry – we were given tickets in return for this blog post – Review the Eden Project after lockdown. All words and opinions are my own.
Review the Eden Project after lockdown – We were lucky enough to visit the Eden Project a few years ago when Monkey was around Kipper’s age. We absolutely loved it and I was interested to see how the new virus restrictions have affected the experience. So on our recent visit to Cornwall, I was delighted to be gifted a family ticket. Unsurprisingly we had a fantastic day out and I was very impressed with the precautions the Eden Project has put in place to protect its visitors.
You will need to book tickets in advance via their website. All you need to do is select a timeslot for your desired day. Although the timeslot is only for arrival you are welcome to stay all day. We had a midday slot so when we arrived the carpark was already very busy. At this point, I did wonder if we had done the right thing. However I forget just how big the Eden Project is. We found it very easy to socially distance throughout the day.
Throughout the gardens and biomes you are reminded everywhere to stay 2m apart. In some of the photo points, such as when you come first come in and can see the biomes. There are signs which say one family at a time. Masks are required in the shops but outside they’re not a requirement. They have put a one-way system in place which encourages you to walk around in a certain direction. I found that this really worked well for us as we saw places that we haven’t seen before. Plus everyone was sticking to it which was good to see.
Foodwise the main cafe is open between the biomes. Plus there is a buritto take away in the marquee. This is where we decided to eat and they were delicious. The tables were really far apart and there is an easy ordering system in place. The burittos come packaged in silver paper so there is no need to use knives or forks. Obviously days out are different now but I found our visit to the Eden Project very easy.
Review the Eden Project after lockdown
Outside of the social distancing measures in place, the Eden Project is as fabulous as ever. I had forgotten just how educational it is. Almost everywhere there is something to learn. As we walked down the one way system the boys learnt all about the bees and pollination. We discovered little willow grottos and a painted lady who was covered in mirrors.
Our next stop was the biomes and we went into the rainforest one first. It was lovely watching the children discovering information about coffee, rice, sugar, and other spices. Marvelling at their faces as they saw the plants and learnt about how they are growing across the world and the impact it has on the communities around them. I also liked the fact that they could go up around the treetop walk. Albeit it was not possible to go right up to the top because of the virus. There is also a waterfall and many little birds to keep them entertained.
A lot of the plants have grown really big which was also a source of amazement especially the little one. Both the cafe and the shop linking the two biomes together were open. Although we did visit one of the ice cream shops as a treat before moving into the Mediterranean biomes.
The Mediterranean Biome
The Mediterranean biome is by far my favourite, as you walk in you feel like you are actually there. All the smells fool the senses into making you think of being on holiday. Which, at this point in time I really appreciate. Although the biome is smaller, there is still plenty to see and the boys really liked the Australian exhibit. They were quite taken with just how serious the fires had been and the impact on the environment. The restaurant is currently a bar and you can stop for an alcoholic drink. However, they were much more interested in exploring further outside so the gin and tonic will have to wait to another time.
We stumbled across Infinity Blue Sculpture in the core area.
Our huge ceramic ‘breathing’ sculpture pays homage to one of the world’s smallest but most important organisms: the cyanobacteria.
It captured their imagination straight away. With smoke rings being pushed out into the atmosphere at different intervals from different places on the sculpture. We were lucky enough to see it when it had them all going at once. The boys loved to watch them and try and capture them running around like mad things. There were so many adults trying to capture it on film and on their phones. I think we must’ve spent 15 minutes watching it. So definitely one to add to the list if you’re visiting.
In conclusion, we loved our trip to the Eden Project. Despite the difficulties that we are all facing because of the virus, it did not distract from a brilliant day out. Plus I love the educational nature of the attraction. Especially in the homeschooling environment and find ourselves in at the moment. Monkey declared it his favourite day out on our trip to Cornwall this summer.
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Review the Eden Project after lockdown