The Eden Project and Dinosaurs

the biodomes

Up until this week, I was probably among a small band of people in this country, who had not been to the Eden Project. It’s true. For a family who strive to be self sufficient, make do and mend, and reduce/reuse/recycle, it is an obvious place to visit. This week, I took the children for a last few days away, before the school term starts. The Eden Project was top of my list.

Bee at Eden

It did not disappoint. The planting is amazing. The thoughtful exhibits. The aim to educate. The scale is big.

dinosaur moving

My excitement was shared by the children too. At 7 years old, TF was most looking forward to the dinosaur exhibition.  He had talked of little else running up to our visit. There was no way we would be allowed to visit anything else before the dinosaurs. So that’s where we started.

As we waited to see the dinosaurs, information boards lined the route. I liked the way that they included bite-sized information that helped to communicate the mind boggling time scales. I will never tire of hearing the children say “I didn’t know…..”.

digging for dinosaurs

There were other dinosaur related activities. We stuck to one, as there was so much to see in the rest of the Project. TF and BL had a go at chipping away and excavating a dinosaur. In the past,we have been on several fossil hunting expeditions, but this was on a bigger scale.

geranium

Next up we headed for the Mediterranean Biodome. Having lived in this region, I really enjoyed spotting familiar plants. TF, however, was still on the look out for the missing dinosaur, that could be spotted wandering around.

dinosaur and sunflowers

It took a while to find her, but we did.

dinosaur

To say TF was thrilled, would be an understatement. There was quite a crowd and we did lose him, as he took his camera into the thick of it. I’m not sure how many other people managed to film the inside of the dinosaur’s mouth, but he did, along with the dinosaur’s whole walk through the area. Nor will many people have footage of themselves stroking the snout of the beast. I see a future camera man in the making.

bougainvillea

I loved seeing the bougainvillea in the Med area. It used to grow around our front gate. It was so beautiful that wedding parties would have their photos taken in front on it. We used to joke that our dog barking, on the other side of the gate, must have appeared in lots of couple’s wedding albums. It was lovely to see the plant on such a grand scale again. We spent time talking about the difference between a bract and a flower.

flowers sweet pea

We loved our visit. I’ll write more in another post, as there is too much to fit into one. One of those days, when the number of miles you walk is more than you think. The children loved it, were fascinated and learned so much. Me too. I’m glad we finally made it.

Linking up with the as always inspiring Fiona, over at Coombe Mill, #CountryKids.

 

 

18 thoughts on “The Eden Project and Dinosaurs

  • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 7:39 am
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    The Eden Project is definitely on our list of spots to visit – we just need to get to that part of the country to tick it off! #countrykids

    • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 11:41 pm
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      I can recommend it. Hope you make it someday.

  • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    The Eden Project is amazing, I’ve not been since they had the dinosaur expedition but it looks great fun for children. They did show the fossil escavating at the Royal cornwall show and mine all had a go at it there. thank you for sharing your day on country Kids

    • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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      Already planning our return visit. Too much to see in one day.

  • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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    What lovely photos! Looks like you had a great time!! There looks so much to do and see there x

    • Sunday 31 August, 2014 at 12:07 am
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      There is masses to see and do. I think we all came away with lots to talk about.

  • Saturday 30 August, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    It looks absolutely amazing. I had h 🙂 oped to go this year but time ran away with us.Fingers crossed for next year…

    • Sunday 31 August, 2014 at 12:17 am
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      Hope you get there next year. It is worth a visit.

  • Sunday 31 August, 2014 at 8:35 am
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    We’ve never been to the Eden Project either. It’s a long trek with young children in the car, so will probably have to wait a year or so.

    Lovely photos, and definitely sounds like your son’s a future camera man

    • Sunday 31 August, 2014 at 9:25 am
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      Took us over 3 hours to get there. Not the sort of trip to do in a day, but well worth the visit. Hope you make it.

  • Sunday 31 August, 2014 at 1:17 pm
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    Wow,wow,wow, I have a little boy that would love this and probably be terrified all at the same time. We visited the Eden Project about 11 years ago and I bet it has changed so much since. Must go back 🙂 #countrykids

    • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 11:20 am
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      Definitely time to go again. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Monday 1 September, 2014 at 7:56 am
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    I have bougainvillea in my terrace. Its potted and got few flowers and those colored leaves. We have a big one at home (covers one big wall) and so your photo reminded me of home. Sorry I know this is about Eden Project but that plant is just too.. I am homesick and everything that reminds me of home is appreciated!

    Really wanted to visit Eden Project too. Same reasons as yours and well I just want to see plants that grows in my country.

    Thank you for posting photos of your day. It is really nice to go there =) #countrykids

    • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 11:21 am
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      I think you would love the Eden Project. Hope you make it there one day.

  • Tuesday 2 September, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    oh wow! what an amazing place to visit!
    i’m glad you brought your camera so i can vicariously visit with you!!

    • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 11:22 am
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      I must write up the second half. It really is an amazing place.

  • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 2:52 am
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    I would love to go to the Eden Project, I’m in that small group too! It was just always too far from Scotland and now, well…!! Looks like you had a great day, look forward to reading about the rest of it x #CountryKids

    • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 11:26 am
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      Not near enough to do it as a day trip, but I’m glad we do live close enough to go. It is a fabulous place to visit.

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