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Cornwall, the Eden Project, rough seas and some ponies!

December 27, 2013

A little while ago I was asked by the lovely people at Superbreak if I would like to choose one of their weekend breaks to review. There were so many tempting options to choose from, but as the Eden Project has been on my ‘Bucket List’ for such a long time, I jumped at the chance of taking a trip there. Trout and I decided to turn it into a long weekend, and drove down to Exeter straight from work on Friday. We spent Saturday morning at the Eden Project, explored more of Cornwall in the afternoon, and on Sunday we stopped in Bournemouth for lunchies.

By the way, baking something sweet for breakfast while we were roadtripping was one of my finest ideas yet. It was so nice to wake up to a little treat to enjoy with a cup (or two) of hot coffee, and gave me time to relax in bed before heading out. Much better than being starving and unable to find anything vegan-friendly for miles!

The grounds weren’t as big as I had imagined them to be, and each had their own theme, from the rainforest to the Mediterranean. I was really disappointed that the Sky Wire wasn’t open, look how long it is! It looks so much fun.

I loved all of the mechanical sculptures dotted around the grounds – this giant bee was brilliant! We were so lucky with the weather – apart from the odd grey cloud here and there, we were warm and dry for almost the whole weekend.

 

Giant crocheted snowflakes! These were so beautiful. You could even have a go at making one!

Waterfalls were dotted around the Mediterranean Biome, they were stunning.

Trout was back to his old photo-bombing ways – except this time he was trying out a new motive. The Bored Photo-Bomber. What a ninny. I’ve got so many photographs of him pretending to be bored, but I assure you he wasn’t. He’s just a fool.

We climbed this huge staircase to stand on the top platform, where you could see the whole of the Mediterranean Biome. It was an incredible view!

We saw reindeer! They were so sweet! I loved listening to the children with their families, asking their parents why they weren’t flying, and why were they sleeping. Obviously it was because they are resting before next week! One little girl was so happy that she had met Rudolph.

Thanks again to Superbreak for giving me the opportunity to cross off one of my ‘Bucket List’ dreams!

After we had checked into our room we drove down to Tintagel Castle, stopping at a restaurant nearby for a traditional Cornish pasty. It was called Pengenna Pasties, and it was amazing that they had vegan pasties on the menu! They were pretty darn good, and the restaurant was so sweet.

After lunch we walked down to the castle, but unfortunately we had just missed the last entry time. Instead we went for a little walk, exploring the nearby paths and steps. It was so incredible windy, I thought we would get knocked right off! Wind, rain, and the sun was setting – it was an incredible atmosphere. Trout went exploring up a steep set of steps, but I was too chicken and stayed near the bottom and carried on taking photographs, and taking in the view. The combination of slippery ‘steps’ (they were really just a mash-up of wood and stone!), the wind, and a pair of not entirely practical boots meant that I was too scared to attempt these steep steps.

The next day we drove back to Brighton via Bournemouth, and had to take the country roads for a lot of the journey due to a couple of accidents on our intended route. It’s so sad to think of people being in these awful crashes so close to Christmas, I just hope that everyone was alright.

While we were driving through one particular road we came across these guys! Trout stopped so that I could take a photograph, and the guy at the front made a beeline for his window! We had to drive off, but I would have loved to have seen how close he would have come! I’m sure he would have stuck his head right into the car in search of sugar lumps.

I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas Day and Boxing Day! I’ve got a few photos to come from ours, plus a roundup of my 2013 to finish putting together. What are your plans for New Years Eve?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2013 11:13 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I would love to do something like that.

  2. December 29, 2013 2:06 pm

    My best friend went to Cornwall a few months ago, most of my Christmas gift from her is from the Eden Project gift shop! Glad you enjoyed your trip!

    • January 2, 2014 1:40 pm

      The shops had some great gifts, especially the foodie section. We bought a couple of hot sauces, yum!

  3. December 29, 2013 2:18 pm

    I’ve wanted to go to the Eden Project for ages! It looks so fun, and probably better to go at this time of year when it’s not crazily busy.
    Great looking pasty too :D

    • January 2, 2014 1:40 pm

      It was so much fun! We also managed to successfully avoid it being packed with families and screaming children ;)

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