For those yearning for some contact with a foreign climate this October without the price of flights and faff of airports, head to the Eden Project in Cornwall, whose rainforest and Mediterranean biomes will transport you temporarily away from autumnal Britain towards the warmer climates of Malaysia, South America and Southern Europe. Both kids and parents are guaranteed to love exploring the educational and interactive maze of tropical plants and kids in particular will find joy in the new Rainforest canopy walkway, where they can survey the wildlife from on high. Another essential feature of the gardens for families is the Sense of Play garden, an adventurous but safe area specifically designed for children. Here, kids have access to tunnels, sandpits and willow tee-pees and musical instruments to challenge their imaginations and encourage creativity and outdoor play. According to the Eden Project’s website, children today spend, on average, just 9% of their time outside; a serious decrease in percentage from previous generations. The Eden Project is consequently keen to improve this statistic by providing facilities that encourage youngsters to remain outdoors, which will ultimately improve a variety of other skills in young people including creativity and confidence.
The garden also has climbing frames, and nature trails to entertain youngsters. The Eden Project is yet to release its extensive list of half term activities, but so far it has revealed a Little Monsters' Ball Halloween disco from 6pm-9pm on Halloween. Much more excitement is sure to be announced soon, as last years ‘Halloweden’ itinerary included Cornish wood carving, guests from an owl sanctuary, ‘wishcraft’ (Halloween activities for older children included positive potion making for loved ones and wandmaking) and a variety of activities surrounding Room on the Broom.
Price: Adults; £25, Children, aged 5-16; £14, aged 0-4; free.
Where: Eden Project, Cornwall
More info: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/halloweden-october-half-term-cornwall