During Autumn, gardens in Cornwall undergo a transformation – with luscious greenery turning to golden yellows and oranges.
However, there is one garden in Cornwall which is subject to very different cycles and that is the glorious Eden Project – just 40 minutes from our Looe hotel.
The Eden Project is often considered as one of the wonders of the modern world. Once a disused clay quarry, the site is now home to two ‘biomes’ – dome shaped greenhouses, which house over 2 million plants and 5,000 varieties of plant species – creating the largest rainforest in captivity.
The Eden Project began as an idea from Lost Gardens of Heligan founder, Tim Smit. He wanted to create a visitor attraction in Cornwall, which would also connect us with the living world, creating education and innovation for the future. The attraction is also a charity, and works closely with schools and groups across the county for educational purposes.
The larger or the two biomes, the Rainforest Biome, gives visitors a chance to experience a tropical climate with its range of exotic plants and warm temperature. This biome also features a rainforest canopy walkway, so visitors can observe the rainforest from above – if they can handle the heights!
The Mediterranean Biome has a calm and relaxing atmosphere, featuring a range of plant species which create genuine Mediterranean sights, sounds and smells. The Med Terrace Restaurant is located right inside the biome, offering a range of food and drink to enjoy amongst the plant life.
This time of year, plants to particularly look out for include ‘Bromeliad’ in the Rainforest Biome – located right in the canopy. The leaves of the Bromeliad can be spotted through their bright reds and greens. In the Mediterranean Biome, look out for Grapevines – now starting to turn a golden orange colour.
Eden is not only for plant enthusiasts however, and has plenty on offer for families of all ages. For thrill seekers, try ‘The Drop’ – a free fall three-storey drop on to a giant airbag followed by a 20-metre drop over the edge of a cliff on a free-fall simulator. There is also the Skywire, England’s longest zip-wire, enabling visitors to soar above Eden at up to 60mph, and the Gravity Giant swing, swinging over a 65ft cliff edge.
Plus, Autumn sees the return of their ice rink – a great wintery family activity where visitors can skate amongst the biomes in style.
Whether you’re a budding horticulturalist, or looking for an attraction that will mean a full day of family friendly activities to enjoy, Eden is the perfect day trip during your stay at the Fieldhead Hotel.