Presenter, writer and adventurer Ben Fogle will be carrying the Olympic Flame in our helium-filled balloon in our Rainforest Biome on Saturday 19 May.
He is one of thousands of torch-bearers who will carry the Flame on its journey around the UK, starting at Land’s End on the morning of 19 May, travelling through Cornwall that day and eventually arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.
The Olympic Torch is due to arrive at Eden at around 4.20pm, stop outside the Visitor Centre, where the flame will be transferred into a lantern, and transported to the Rainforest Biome, where it will soar 50m in the air, held aloft by Ben.
Ben said: “I am thrilled to be one of the Torchbearers for London 2012 in such an iconic location. To be flying the Flame in a helium balloon within the dome is a great honour and a great treat. It will certainly be an experience I won’t forget.”
As well as the chance to see the Olympic Flame in our unique setting, there will be a whole day of activities for families who want to have a day out at Eden around the visit of the Flame:
- Freaky Nature, a series of interactive activities exploring the strange world of plants with a special Olympic theme focusing on nature’s gold medallists (all day).
- Cornish wrestling displays (11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm),
- performances of traditional sea shanties from the Barrel Rock Boys (12.30pm, 3.30pm)
- dance demonstrations (1pm, 2pm, 3pm)
- Eden sports day in the arena between 11am and 4pm, featuring events such as hobby horse dressage, bean bag shot put and an obstacle course relay.
- Marketplace of Ideas, a chance for visitors to find out more about community projects from Eden and other groups.
The Eden Project will be open from 9.30am on 19 May and standard admission prices will apply. See full details of the day on the Eden website.
About Ben Fogle
Ben’s achievements include racing 160 miles across the Sahara desert in the notorious Marathon Des Sables. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days and crossed Antarctica in a foot race to the South Pole. He has also presented numerous programmes including BBC’s Animal Park, Wild In Africa, Countryfile, Crufts, One Man and His Dog and Extreme Dreams.
He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent and has written five bestselling books. Ben’s latest book, The Accidental Adventurer is out now. He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Tusk, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the President of the Campaign for National Parks.
Olympic Torch Relay route animation
Watch the Flame whizz through Eden in the amazing computer-generated animation.