Things to do and What’s On this Easter at the Top Attractions throughout Cornwall!

Posted on Tuesday 21st March, 2017

You are spoilt for choice this Easter Holidays, with a wonderful selection of activities, events and things to do at the ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ Top Attractions!

There are plenty of sparkles from Geevor Tin Mine, with different events each day of the week, including Poldark Days and ‘Be a Miner for A Day. The Minack are offering fairies, monsters, shipwrecks and romance on a magical island with ‘Tempest in a Teacup’ on the 7th April among many other performances during Easter.

Travel back in time and enjoy the Easter Eggstravaganza on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s Premier Steam Railway. Join the crew at Newquay’s Pirate’s Quest and help in the mission to locate the Golden Egg!

Catch up with all your all your favourite birds and animals at Paradise Park, and claim your mini egg on the Easter trail, plus daily events with some close encounters. At Flambards in Helston Enjoy rides and attractions suitable for all the family, whatever the weather!

Join the staff at the Screech Owl Sanctuary to celebrate their 27th successful year on the 2nd April! Families are invited to revel in the golden egg hunt at Camel Creek for a cracking Easter! Take a train ride at Lappa Valley with the Easter Bunny, or try the duck racing with prizes and an Easter quiz trail.

These and more are detailed on the our events page here


Science in focus at the Eden Project as Wellcome Image Awards exhibition opens

Posted on Tuesday 14th March, 2017

Science in focus at the Eden Project as Wellcome Image Awards exhibition opens

The Eden Project will be hosting an exhibition of some of the most remarkable and striking scientific images of the past year, starting on Thursday (March 16).

The exhibition of the shortlisted images for the twentieth annual Wellcome Image Awards opens on the day after the winner of the prestigious prize is announced.

Showcasing the best in science image making, this year’s awards include a broader range of cutting-edge artistic and scientific techniques than ever before.  From photography and illustration to super-resolution microscopy and medical scans, the images use a variety of methods to capture the imagination and bring complex concepts to life.

This year’s images include a beautiful illustration of Nobel laureate and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, a glimpse at the intricate system of blood vessels inside an African Grey Parrot and a fascinating visualisation of Twitter conversations about breast cancer.

The images will be on display in Eden’s Core building until July 16, 2017.

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting work from the remarkable Wellcome Image Awards at Eden again. This year’s images are some of the most vibrant, striking and thought-provoking we have seen so far and we are proud to help showcase some of the groundbreaking scientific work that has happened in the last year.”

Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and a member of the judging panel, said: “The Wellcome Image Awards continuously uncovers striking images that open up a world of science often hidden to the naked eye. There is a spectacular array of images here which will draw the public in, make them wonder and make them ask questions about things they’ve never even imagined.”

Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and chair of the judging panel, said: “It’s now 20 years since the first Wellcome Image Awards and we continue to be surprised and delighted by the range of extraordinary images we receive each year. We are thrilled that they will be displayed across the UK and abroad so that people can come and explore the stories behind these stunning images.”

The Wellcome Image Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work. Over the last 20 years as science and technology has progressed, the awards have embraced new styles and pushed the boundaries of science image making.

The 22 winning images were chosen by nine judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 15, 2017 where the overall winner will also be revealed.

This is the second year that the Julie Dorrington Award for outstanding photography in a clinical environment will also be awarded. Named after one of the founders of the Wellcome Images clinical collection, this Award honours Julie’s contribution to Wellcome and to the clinical photography profession and the service it provides to medicine and medical education.

Access to the Wellcome Image Awards exhibition is included in Eden Project admission. For more information, see

To see the full selection of winning Wellcome Image Awards pictures, see

IMAGE: Cat skin and blood supply (credit: David Linstead).

A polarised light micrograph of a section of cat skin, showing hairs, whiskers and their blood supply. This sample is from a Victorian microscope slide. Blood vessels were injected with a red dye called carmine dye (here appearing black) in order to visualise the capillaries in the tissue, a newly developed technique at the time. This image is a composite made up of 44 individual images stitched together to produce a final image 12 mm in width.

Here, fine hairs (yellow), thicker whisker (yellow) and blood vessels (black) are all visible. Whiskers, unlike normal hair, are touch receptors, each containing a sensory organ called a proprioceptor. When a cat’s whiskers touch something, or feel vibrations in the air from a moving object, signals are sent from them to the brain to provide spatial awareness. Whiskers are therefore both a valuable hunting and survival tool.

Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops - the Weather Maker is coming to Eden’s Rainforest

Posted on Friday 10th March, 2017

Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops - the Weather Maker is coming to Eden’s Rainforest

Visitors to the Eden Project will have a chance to trek across an aerial rope bridge, shelter from tropical rain and travel through clouds when a thrilling new rainforest walkway opens this month (March 18).

The Weather Maker is the latest phase of the Rainforest Canopy Walkway and will enable everyone to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest from the treetops.

Construction of the unique development in the Rainforest Biome is nearing completion and will be officially opened on Saturday, March 18, with a weekend of exciting activities including aerial acrobatics.

The Weather Maker will enable visitors to explore the canopy’s hidden secrets, experience how rainforests affect weather and regulate the climate and see why the conservation of the world’s rainforests is vital for all of our futures.

It has been developed with academic support from the Met Office and University of Exeter and includes:

  • A wobbly Canopy Rope Bridge stretching 23 metres across the canopy between two of the tallest trees in the 50 metre-high Biome.
  • A fully-accessible Cloud Bridge where visitors can travel through swirling rainforest clouds and get a sense of how they reflect sunlight and help cool the planet.
  • A Rain Shack where visitors can shelter from a tropical rain storm and discover how rainforests make rain.
  • A Rainforest Research Camp displaying the latest research from scientists at the University of Exeter who are working in the tropics exploring links between climate change and rainforests.
  • The Climate Platform which will feature an installation that explores the relationships between the atmosphere and the climate.
  • Interactive exhibits include the transpiration tree where visitors can pump water upwards to see how it travels through the tree and into the sky to form clouds.  

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “Fifteen years after opening, our forest has grown sufficiently to take our visitors into the treetops.

“From on high, visitors will be able to explore the forest’s hidden secrets and discover how the world’s hot, steamy rainforests help to regulate the climate.

“You’ll be able to cross our high-level canopy rope bridge, travel through heat-reflecting clouds and shelter from tropical rain.

“We’ll also be showing you how you can get involved and support projects or take actions to conserve the forest. Conserving forests will help regulate our climate.”

Dr Ted Feldpausch, Tropical Forest Ecologist at the University of Exeter, said: “The Eden Project continues to innovate to educate and to bring experiences from tropical rainforests to the public. 

“From drought, to fire, to forest-climate interactions, the Eden Project communicates important properties and issues facing rain forests in ways that are engaging and sometimes downright torrential.”

Professor Richard Betts, Climate Scientist at the University of Exeter and the Met Office, said: “Once again the team at Eden have done a stunning job. Not only can visitors enjoy a unique perspective on the forest from above, they can also learn about the vital scientific research into rainforests and climate.”

The Weather Maker will be complemented by a new planting scheme featuring colourful bromeliads – epiphytic plants which grow on trees, stumps and branches in the tropics. Bromeliads are especially adapted to thrive in the rainforest by anchoring themselves into the canopy and catching rainwater in their rosette-shaped leaves, supporting wildlife such as frogs, lizards and salamanders.

This latest stage of the Canopy Walkway has been designed and delivered by Blue Forest, Tate Harmer Architects, John Grimes Partnership, Ward Williams Associates, Ease and the Eden Project Rainforest Canopy Walkway project team.

The Canopy Walkway highlights the importance and wonder of rainforests. The first phase, completed in 2013, includes paths set in the cliff face and stretching out through the rainforest. It introduces visitors to those who live and work in the forest, from indigenous and tribal peoples to canopy scientists. 

Near to the roof of the Biome there is also an aerial Rainforest Lookout, opened in 2010, which gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the tropical canopy.

The Canopy Walkway has been supported by a number of educational and scientific foundations and individuals, including the Garfield Weston Foundation, Bunzl plc, The Kirby Laing Foundation and donors to the Eddie George Memorial Appeal as well as donations from Eden Project Members and visitors.

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway Weather Maker will be open to visitors from March 18 and all activities are included in the price of admission.

See full details of ticket prices on For a video of the Rain Shack, see


Top South West Attractions in Devon and Cornwall working together!

Posted on Wednesday 8th March, 2017

Top South West Attractions in Devon and Cornwall working together!

DATA (Devon Association of Tourist Attractions) and CATA (Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions) represent the very best in family days out!

With over 80 top quality attractions between them, you are spoilt for choice with Wildlife, Heritage, Gardens, Art, Theme Parks and many more wonderful days out.

Chairman of ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ Emma Abbott comments “It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with our Devon counterparts and discuss some exciting new opportunities to collaborate on future ventures!”

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Photograph: From Left, Jognathan Bray, Vice Chair CATA,  Trebah Garden, Emma Abbot, Chair CATA,  Eden Project, Dick Wood, Vice Chair, South Devon Railway, Anne Blackman, Data Marketing, Chris Murray, Data Chairman, Pennywell Farm


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