This is a guest post by Ella Green of www.holiday-rentals.co.uk.
Beautiful stretches of white sandy beach, extensive woodland and its reputation as a premier surfing and family holiday destination see many people visit the county of Cornwall each year. Aside from popular attractions such as theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, castles and museums, The Eden Project – a multiple greenhouse complex – also welcomes many visitors and for many fantastic reasons.
My own family and I visited The Eden Project during summer last year and these are my five top reasons as to why it is a must-see attraction for those travelling to Cornwall:
The Rainforest Biome
The majority of people from the UK will never get to see the actual rainforests of the world but with Cornwall and The Eden Project on their doorstep there is no excuse not to witness rubber trees, soya plantations, mangrove swamps, exotic tropical flowers and even more in person! My nine year old was very interested to see the plants from which chocolate products, Coca-Cola, and chewing gum are made whilst I was amazed to see bananas growing at the top of several trees.
The Rainforest Lookout
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As if the Rainforest Biome didn’t offer visitors enough stimulation already, it also comprises a treetop lookout which takes guests high above the treetops for a birds-eye-view of the entire biome. Every ten seconds, a section of rainforest that is the same size of that which can be seen from this lookout is destroyed; a devastating context! It should be noted that on very hot days, guests are not allowed to use the lookout for the temperature to the roof of the biome becomes too high.
The Core Education Centre
This facility proves that learning does not have to be boring for it contains many interactive displays that both kids and adults will enjoy. When you have become bored of looking inside things, pushing buttons and pulling handles, you can explore the rear Spiral Garden, buy a snack from the terrace that overlooks the other biomes and/or let your children take advantage of the centre’s secret slide! On some occasions, the venue will even host live music events in the evening – be sure to check what’s going on at the time of your family’s visit.
The Bombus Bee Sculpture
This sculpture was built buy an artist named Robert Bradford as a reminder of how important bees and the process of pollination is for ensuring humans have food to eat. My youngest – who was just four years old at the time of our visit – was convinced that this bee was real. Once my partner and I had convinced him otherwise, he agreed that the bee was “awesome” and that it looked incredible hovering on the hillside with the plantation biomes behind.
Most family days out involve taking the little ones to a fast food restaurant for convenience but you will find no such junk food within the confines of The Eden Project! A wide selection of dietary requirements are catered for across the site (useful considering my husband’s intolerance to wheat) and even better, the majority of food sold within The Eden Project is fair trade and sourced locally. The Eden Project Cafe in St Austell meanwhile brings a little piece of the garden to the town centre.
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