Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 11:39

The Eden Project is announcing its most spectacular events calendar ever to celebrate its 10th birthday year.

Featuring a rainforest encounter with a dinosaur, a sports day starring Shaun the Sheep, circus workshops and an exhibition about the science of poo, 2011 will see a stunning programme of activities to mark a decade since visitors first stepped inside the famous Biomes.

Eden is also planning a unique, summer extravaganza for all the family with a full announcement due in the next few weeks.

The programme kicks off this half-term (February 19 to 27) with the Rainforest Time Quest when visitors can travel back in time to prehistoric jungles and follow in the footsteps of adventurers. Budding explorers will get to track down treasures in the Rainforest Biome and meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex. This activity is included in the standard Eden admission price.

The fun continues through the Easter holidays and beyond as Shaun the Sheep returns to Eden to host a raucous sports day with a difference. Championsheeps Live! will see Sheep space hopper races, cabbage football 'keepie-uppie' and the Naughty Pigs Sack Race. It's the world premiere of this new event presented by

SGA Productions in association with Aardman and staged at Eden only from April 9 to May 2. The event is included in the price of admission.

In May half-term, Freaky Nature is coming back with sticky seeds, poisonous and flesh-eating plants plus, new for this year, the science of poo. Part of the ‘Dirt’ season developed with the Wellcome Trust, there’ll be exhibits on the magic of manure – including how it’s used in food production and shelter-building – the evolution of loos and family activities like the flush game. Freaky Nature with Poo is included in admission and takes place from May 28 to June 5.

During the summer holidays there’ll be a celebration of play in the great outdoors including den building, summer splash, and, for the first time, circus skills. Festival of Play is coming to Eden from July 23 to September 4 and is included in admission.

As autumn sets in, scary experiences will beckon thrill-seekers to Eden over Halloween half-term week. There'll be a spine-tingling walk through the Rainforest Biome and a return of the Little Monsters’ Ball.

Martin Williams, Eden’s marketing director, said: “Since 2001 we’ve welcomed nearly 13 million visitors from around the world to Eden and this year we’re looking back at all that we’ve achieved over the last 10 years as well as looking forward to all the exciting things we have planned for the future.

“To celebrate our 10th birthday, we’re putting on the biggest line-up of events ever at Eden, from a hilarious sports day with Shaun the Sheep in the Easter holidays to an exhibition on the science of poo in May half-term. We're also planning something for our summer evenings that's never been seen before at Eden. This is going to be a great year for everyone to come to Eden – keep an eye on our website for all the details.”