Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 11:02

Potential Picassos, might-be Monets and wannabe Warhols are invited to paint to their art’s content at the Eden Project this Easter.

From April 4 to 19, Eden’s Colour Explosion event will see visitors mirror the blooming spring flowers by taking part in a variety of exciting artistic activities.

The Larger than Life area on Eden’s stage will encourage visitors to use a range of alternative ways of putting paint to paper - sponges, brooms or even hands – to create their own large-scale masterpieces.

The Bigger Picture will be a giant artwork created by combining smaller collages made by visitors. Pavement art with an Easter twist will be available as budding Banskys will be let loose around Eden with egg-shaped chalk to leave their colourful marks on the ground.

Visitors will be able to help decorate the Eden arena by making traditional bunting, while those with a sweeter tooth can decorate chocolate eggs with naturally-coloured icing.

A nursery rhyme-themed Easter egg trail is available from the Visitor Centre and lucky hunters who present a completed trail leaflet to the egg decorating area on the stage will get some free Divine mini chocolate eggs (subject to availability).

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is one of the big gardening trends of 2009 and Eden will be offering its Easter visitors a masterclass on growing in unusual containers such as wellie boots. Visitors can pick their unconventional pot and plant seeds in it to take home so even those with the smallest gardens can get involved.

Gabi Gilkes, Eden’s Acting Programme Producer, said: “This Easter is all about fun, colour and community here at Eden. We hope to welcome the public to a feast for the senses, with the beautiful spring site, crazy messy painting and so many fun ways to get together and create stuff.”

All activities are included in standard Eden admission apart from the Easter egg decorating and hire of painting overalls, which will cost between £1 and £4. Visitors are welcome to bring their own overalls.

Eden is open between 10am and 6pm (last entry at 4.30pm) and admission costs £15 for adults, £10 for seniors, £5 for children, £7 for students and £36 for a family (two adults and up to three children). To book tickets, call the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or visit