Live updates from the Olympic Torch Relay at Eden

May 19, 2012
Author: Tom

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Check out our video of the Flame going up in the balloon:


Amazing shots of an amazing day. Thanks to everyone who came – please share your experiences of the day with us via Twitter or Facebook.


Gaynor Coley, our Chief Executive, Enterprise, said: ‘What a day for Cornwall, the UK and for the Eden Project. To be among the first places to witness this extraordinary spectacle was a moment we will remember forever.

‘The rousing welcome that Cornwall gave the Olympic Flame shows the true spirit of this special place to the rest of the world. Ben was beautiful the Biomes were beautiful, it was a Cornish gold medal of a day.’


Ben Fogle on his experience as the torchbearer: ‘As I ran through the Eden Project there were crowds of people and roars of appreciation…The helium balloon rose 50 metres to the top of the Biome. It was extraordinary looking out on a sea of people and all the plants below. It felt very special: I was very proud to be part of it’


Ben thanks Eden Team member Mike for bringing him and the flame back safely down to earth. Ben said the experience was “Unforgettable”.


Ben ascends with the Olympic Flame in our Rainforest Balloon.


Here’s a nice one of Ben carrying the Olympic Torch down our Plane Tree Steps.


Wow! The Olympic Torch has now been and gone. Ben Fogle did a great job as torchbearer. Here he is on our Viewing Platform. The crowd loved every minute!


There are all types of fun and games to get involved in today at our Freaky Nature exhibit, which is all about exploring the strange world of plants. (It’s also on during next half-term – 2-10 June).

Pictured right is Amelia Ottewell trying her hand at strangler fig hoopla, where the player is the fig plant trying to strangle trees with their hoopy loops.

Here’s Lara Lewis Ras from Chesham in Buckinghamshire stuck to our sticky velcro wall, a bit like a giant burdock seed.

Here’s Chris Bisson from the Eden Science team showing Jack Ratcliffe from St Blazey Gate the algae used to colour blue Smarties.


Turned out nice again! The weather’s looking lovely here at Eden at the moment. Ice creams, t-shirts, shorts all over the place!


Jerry, Kevin, Mike and Lucy are The Barrel Rock Boys. They’ve come down from Bude to sing some sea shanties in the sun. They’ll be singing again at 3.30pm just before  the arrival of the Olympic flame.


We’ve got our very own special ‘torch’ in flower in our Rainforest Biome right now. Torch ginger Etlingera elatior is grown throughout SE Asia: the stems of the flowers are chopped up and added to curries or soups with rice noodles. Find out more and see more pictures on our torch ginger page.


A couple of local lads with paper Olympic Torches they’ve made with the help of Eden’s Rob Copeland (left). If you’d like to make your own torch to wave when the real one arrives at Eden, come and find Rob and the team outside the Stage area.


We’ve got demonstrations of Cornish wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ as it’s known locally- taking place in our Orchard at 1.3opm and 2.30pm this afternoon.

In the sport, which goes back thousands of years, all holds are taken on the jacket; wrestlers are not allowed to catch hold of any other part of their opponent’s body.

Ken Cocks, spokesman  for Cornish Wrestling, said: ‘It’s fitting that they’re bringing the Olympic Torch here to Eden today, and hopefully they’ll see some wrestling, which is Cornwall’s national sport.’

Pictured above is Jamie Stone throwing Tom Coleman (both from Bodmin).


Rapper and singer Labrinth was flying in a helicopter over Eden this morning, and tweeted a great aerial shot of the Project. Check out his tweet here. Labrinth will be performing live at Eden later in the summer, at the Chase and Status gig on Wednesday 4 July 2012.


Here’s a map of the Olympic Flame’s route through Eden. TV’s Ben Fogle will carry it from from the Visitor Centre, down the Plane Tree Steps and then into the Rainforest Biome where he’ll go up in our Rainforest Balloon. Entry to the Rainforest Biome will be limited when the Torch is here, but there will be plenty of other great vantage points. Click on the link to see the map in more detail, with all the vantage points marked.

Map of the Olympic Flame’s route through Eden (PDF)

Here’s the full programme of activities for the day:

  • The Olympic Torch is expected to arrive at Eden at 4.22pm and depart at 4.52pm (although these times may change). TV’s Ben Fogle will carry the Flame way across the Eden site and take a flight in the Rainforest Balloon.
  • Freaky Nature (10am–6pm in the Stage): discover the weird and wonderful world of plants with interactive exhibits.
  • Sports day (11am–4pm in the Arena): battle it out with your family in events such as hobby horse dressage, hobby horse relay, bean-bag shot put and an obstacle course relay.
  • Cornish wrestling (11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Orchard): come and see demonstrations of this ancient sport, known locally as ‘wrasslin’.
  • Sea shanties (12.30pm and 3.30pm  in the Orchard ): sung by local group, the Barrel Rock Boys.
  • Storytelling: Fairytales for a Mended Earth – Stories from Gondwana. Learn about ancient tree species from the super-continent of Gondwana, and Eden’s new and magical garden: Wild Chile.
  • Recycled paper-making workshops (11am – 4pm): join us in the paper garden.
  • Marketplace of Ideas (10am–4pm in the Core): find out more about our creative community projects, from art, music and dance to college courses and volunteering  opportunities across the county. There will also be info on health, sporting initiatives, legal advice, sustainable living, reducing your carbon and saving money.
  • Meet our local suppliers: come to our Visitor Centre meet our local suppliers to our Shop and sample some of the Best of the West.
  • Sharp’s Real Ale Bar in the Bakery.

Good morning sports fans, and everyone else! Things are warming up nicely here at the Eden Project for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay at 4.22pm this afternoon.

We’ve got loads of activities on throughout the day, so come down to have some fun and don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in our unique venue.

Celebrations, Fun, Sport

3 responses to Live updates from the Olympic Torch Relay at Eden

  1. Kathleen Stuttard says:

    So So wish I could be there and not a hundred miles away. Thinking of applying for one of the jobs currently available and maybe I could set up camp in the Rainforest Balloon!!!!!!!!!1

  2. Eden Project says:

    Hi Kathleen, We’re all really excited here, too! Such a shame you can’t be here, but you can keep an eye on this page for live updates throughout the day.

  3. USAmama says:

    How cool is this?! Just breathtaking! Way to go! We can’t wait to visit Eden Project next spring!!

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