Eden Project

We had a trip to the Eden Project today to see the christmas festival, they have ice skating, the Eden christmas orchestra and of course Santa’s grotto, details and times below plus you have to see artist Luke Jerram’s hauntingly beautiful work Gaia, suspended in the Mediterranean Biome. Photo below

The Festival of Christmas takes place from 30 November until 30 December 2019. We’re open every day of the holidays except for Christmas Day. We stay open late on selected evenings (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 30 November until 15 December, then daily 18–23 December and 27–30 December). Visit our opening times page for full details.

Here are details on individual timed activities:

Music performances

These take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 30 November until 15 December, then daily 18–23 December and 27–30 December. Christmas concerts in the Mediterranean Biome happen at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm (ending at 7pm), while the brass band will play at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm outside in our gardens.

Christmas Jumper Swap Shop 

Our Christmas Jumper Swap Shop happens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 17 December, then daily 18–24 December and 27–30 December. It’s open 12pm-7.30pm (except for 24 and 26 December, when it’s open 12pm-3.30pm). Bring along your unwanted seasonal sweaters and exchange them for something new to you.

Gaia sculpture

Gaia will be suspended in the Mediterranean Biome until 5 January 2020.

Winter Tales

Join the Eden Storytellers for magical winter stories for all the family, inside the Mediterranean Biome daily at 12 noon and 3pm.

Father Christmas experience

Father Christmas sessions are bookable and take place during the day and some early evenings during weekends from November 30 to December 15. From December 18 to Christmas Eve there are sessions every day.

Ice skating

Find out more about when you can skate, including details of special sessions for different ages, on our ice skating page.


Join us for some winter crafts on the upper floor of the Core bulding:

  • 30 Nov–15 December: 12–5pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
  • 18–23 December: 12–5pm daily
  • 24 and 26 December: 11–3.30pm
  • 27-30 December: 12–5pm daily

So Much Rain

I honestly can’t remember it raining so much in Cornwall.

I tried to go to Yellow Sands today but unfortunately the Harlyn road and the overflow car park for the  beach are too flooded to pass, one car tried but didn’t make it. I turned round and tried to get to St Merryn and  come into Harlyn that way but the bridge by the fishing lake was  also flooded and the bridge was closed off. At this point I decided to go home be fore I got stuck and could’n make it but I did stop and take some photos on the way.

Harlyn Road a bit wet



Come relax a bit

The madness of the school holidays is now over and its back to a more sedate pace. Martin and I had a day out at Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith Near Falmouth, a  beautiful tropical garden with nooks and crannies to explore and allsorts of plants, water gardens and falls, even a weeping Japanese tree who’s autumn foliage smells of burnt sugar and Gunnear with leaves as big as Martin. They have a small amphitheatre where they put on various plays  and live music from May to September, I didn’t know that, I will keep an eye out for a list of next years events. Its well worth a visit, the cake’s not bad either.






Out and about in Cornwall

The summer  holidays are in full swing and there is so much to do locally its hard to know where to start, but Visit Cornwall and Padstow live have plenty of ideas, you can view then on

We went to Boscastle and Port Issac to have a look around this week, lovely cake in the National Trust cafe at Boscastle and we managed to get a birthday present too.

Boscastle and Port Issac




New Garden to Explore

New Garden to Explore

We found a lovely new garden to explore near St Austell called Pinetum, it has 10 separate gardens a woodland walk and a pond with Canada geese over 30 acres.

The gardens have such a variety of trees and flowers even a wedding cake tree something I’ve never heard of before but it was so pretty I have put a picture of it below plus a few more as there was so much to see.

Debbie and Martin


Easters holidays here again, can you believe it

Up till now we have kept busy with the usual decorating and maintenance, if it stands still long enough it will be painted, new fencing around the garden, new flooring put in Sharmalyn House, balcony maintenance, not an easy job when it’s on the second floor finding workman who aren’t afraid of heights but thankfully we did.

We have had some really lovely weather and some not so nice, one week it’s overcoats the next its sandals, but we did have a sunny day to visit Trewithen gardens on Thursday, you can see from the photos how lovely the flowers are again this year.

No shortage of gardens and many other things to see and do during the Easter holidays.

We hope to see you here.


Debbie and Martin