Friday, January 16, 2009 - 11:19

Love is in the Biomes this February 14 as the Eden Project launches its debut Grand Venetian Valentine’s Day Ball.

The ball will see Eden’s Link building transformed into a world of glamorous and mysterious masked characters dressed in magnificent costumes.

The project will be welcoming everyone, single and attached, to the event, which will be a uniquely Eden interpretation of Renaissance-era Venetian masquerade balls.

To begin the evening, ball-goers will be welcomed by liveried footmen before they are announced by Eden’s Italian Master of Ceremonies with a title of their choosing.

During the early evening the Kernow String Quartet will perform a selection of classical pieces while the banquet buffet is served. In the Mediterranean Biome acclaimed harpist Ruth Wall, who played as part of the Eden Sessions in 2006, will be performing.

After dinner, the party will continue with music from in-house DJ Bach II Bacchus, who will be mixing Venetian music with contemporary classics. Both Biomes will be open and beautifully lit for any couples who would like to take a romantic starlit evening stroll. If the mood is right, they can even “pop the question” in a special area for marriage proposals.

Ball-goers are asked to wear their masks throughout the evening until the stroke of midnight when everyone will reveal their face. Prizes will be offered to the best-dressed and most originally-titled guests.

Jane Montague, Eden’s Head of Large Scale Events, said: “The Grand Venetian Valentine’s Day Ball will see Eden once again putting its own unique twist on a classic theme. We can’t wait to see some of the outlandish and original costumes our guests will pull out of their wardrobes and we hope that it will be one of the greatest parties since the fall of the Venetian Republic!”

The ball takes place between 7pm and 12.30am on February 14. The dress code is black tie, ball gowns or fancy dress and a mask is essential. For more information or to book, visit or call the Eden box office on 01726 811972. Tickets are £25 per person for the banquet and ball.