Eden Project Cornwall review, photos + helpful visitor information

The Eden Project is an amazing place we had visited a couple of times in the past when the kids were dinky, but we have returned twice in the last month with the children now being 9 years and 7 years old. They couldn’t remember it from before, but Bella had a school trip recently and since moving to Cornwall last year, we decided it was great value to sign up for their annual membership so we can visit regularly throughout the next year.

Read on to see our March and April 2022 photos from the Eden Project and some thoughts on our two recent visits so you know what to expect. Discover some answers to some common questions about the Eden Project Cornwall and how you can save money if you are local, or if you regularly visit Cornwall and love the Eden Project.

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Beautiful 10km Newquay coastal walk: Whipsiderry to Watergate Bay along the beach, and back along South West Coast Path

This is probably one of my favourite walks so far since living in Newquay. It was the first walk I did by myself: a 5km walk from the far end of Whipsiderry Beach to the far end of Watergate Bay. The first time I did it, Ben and the kids picked me up from Watergate Bay as they stayed and played at Whipsiderry. Just this week, we returned and we walked as a family to Watergate Bay and then back along the cliffs taking the South West Coast Path from Watergate Bay to Whipsiderry, back to where we’d parked the car.

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Trevose Head Lighthouse to Mother Ivey’s Bay headland walk

A couple of weeks ago we explored Trevose Head, a headland managed by the National Trust towards Padstow in Cornwall. We parked towards the tip of the headland not far from the lighthouse in a National Trust carpark. Check out my paragraph at the end to see how you can save money on a National Trust membership!

From Trevose Lighthouse we walked around Trevose headland to Mother Ivey’s Bay, passing the Padstow lifeboat station on the way, before walking back to the carpark via Booby’s Bay with Constantine Bay in the distance and past a rather incredible blowhole known as Round Hole.

Read on to see our photos from our Cornwall walk and more about what we saw.

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South West Coast Path from Perranporth to Newquay 17.7km walk! Stunning beaches!

Wow, what a walk. 17.7km and 28,756 steps from Perranporth beach all the way to Newquay town! Ben had wanted to do this walk for a while, so we decided to postpone working one morning when we saw blue skies and the sun shining and take the South West Coast Path in Cornwall from Perranporth back to our hometown of Newquay!

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Wheal Coates to Chapel Porth coastal walk

Today we went for a short walk from the historical tin mine site Wheal Coates to Chapel Porth beach near St Agnes in Cornwall.

We parked at the National Trust car park at Wheal Coates to begin, staying in the car for a while to enjoy some vegan Rowes pasties we picked up on the way!

And to stay out of the rain for a while longer, as typically it started chucking it down just before we arrived!

Not wanting to waste our journey, we braved the elements and got pelted in the face with icey wind and rain as we walked down to see the ruins and remains of this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Holywell Bay to Porth Joke coastal walk with kids

On Boxing Day we had an amazing family walk from Holywell Bay to Polly Joke over The Kelseys. It was a very mild day for late December and felt very warm at some points in the sunshine. The kids even had their shoes and coats off for most of the walk!

We took this route to find a seal cove near Polly Joke. We also hadn’t taken the coastal path to the right of Holywell yet, so it was a new adventure for us.

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Seal spotting at Godrevy and Porth Joke in Cornwall in winter

I didn’t even realise until a few years back that there are seals in the sea in the UK! I guess I’d never seen one before whenever I was on holiday and so I never thought about it. When we went on holiday to Brixham in Devon I saw a seal in the sea for the first time and I was amazed!

Since then we stumbled upon Mutton Cove when exploring the north coast of Cornwall on a holiday last year before we moved to Cornwall. We were amazed to see a few seals on the beach in the summer as I documented in this Instagram post in July 2021:

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Gannel River walk from Newquay boating lake to Crantock beach

Since moving to Newquay we have been meaning to walk alongside the River Gannel to Crantock beach and we finally made it a few days ago! Unfortunately, we did not pick the best morning to try and had to abandon our walk just before the beach as the heavens opened and we all got absolutely drenched! It was still a lovely walk and we were able to walk from our home to Newquay boating lake, cross the road to the Gannel River and walk alongside the river, cutting up into some woodland by Penpol Creek and down over some rocks to Crantock beach.

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Visiting Tehidy Country Park + woods in Camborne, Cornwall with kids

On Sunday we discovered the amazing Tehidy Country Park and woods in Camborne, Cornwall. It’s the perfect free family day out to explore nature, see wildlife up close and get some fresh air on an afternoon. Read on to discover why Tehidy Country Park and woods appeals to all ages and is ideal if you are looking for things to do with kids in Cornwall.

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10+ vegan-friendly restaurants and plant-based cafes in Newquay, Cornwall

When you visit a new place, especially as a vegan, it can be hard to know where to find vegan-friendly and plant-based food options.  Having recently moved to Newquay in Cornwall, which is one of Cornwall’s most popular summer tourist destinations, we have been checking out some of the local vegan-friendly offerings.  We have much more to explore but have found a lot of choices so far.

So if you’re in Newquay and looking to grab a bite to eat that’s plant-based then read on.  Here are the places we’ve tried so far and keep an eye on my blog as I’m sure we’ll be sampling many more soon!

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Trying out the SUP-YAK at Harbour Cove in Cornwall

Earlier this year we decided to make an investment in some paddleboards. We’d seen their increased use this year whilst in Cornwall and Devon on holidays and weekends away, and we were intrigued! The thing was, whilst I really wanted to try paddleboarding, my husband wasn’t sure whether a kayak would be better as he likes to kayak.

Much to our surprise, when we visited a surf shop in Cornwall, they had the perfect solution – the SUP-YAK!

This amazing board is a stand-up paddleboard that can be converted into a kayak with a seat attachment! Amazing!

We were sold and with our pending move to Cornwall at the time, we couldn’t resist. They also only had two left in stock and their paddleboards were selling fast, with their rise in popularity, so we just had to have them.

Moving to Cornwall, we knew we’d use them loads and with a lifespan of at least ten years, they seemed the perfect introduction to both paddleboarding and kayaking on the sea for me.

Read on to see how I got on with my first SUP-YAK outing at beautiful Harbour Cove in Cornwall.

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