Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:00

Slimy, scary, enormous and edible bugs are all waiting to be discovered at the Eden Project this half-term, from May 25 until June 2.

Freaky Nature with Bugs is a brilliant opportunity to get up close and personal with the behemoths of the bug world as well as Eden’s own insect inhabitants and learn what makes these creepy crawlies quite so freaky.

Bug experts will be coming in throughout the week to show off some of their strangest residents, while Eden’s experts will be showing visitors how to examine bugs them under mega-microscopes and leading an ant trail through the Rainforest Biome.

People will also have the chance to sample some creepy-crawly cuisine at the bug buffet and even become a bug by making head dresses, bug eyes and deely-boppers or taking a trip to the bug boutique, which is suitable for little ones aged five and under.

Elsewhere, visitors can follow the Freaky Nature trail around the site and use all of the information they’ve learnt to create their own designer bug.

In the Core, older children and adults have the chance to paint a metal bug, which will be used to adorn Eden’s new Rainforest Walkway. They can also check out the exhibition of freaky photos exhibited on the mezzanine level of the building for inspiration.

Emma Hogg, Eden’s Programme Producer, said: “With so many enticing plants at Eden, we know a thing or two about bugs and we want to give our visitors a chance to discover more about this world too.
“From bugs that you can find in your back garden to the most exotic insects, there is something freakily fascinating for everyone.”

Popular activities such as Freaky Golf and the Sundew Velcro Wall, where people can learn first-hand how stickiness helps plants to trap insects, will also be returning, along with storytelling every day at 12pm and 2pm.

All Freaky Nature activities are included in the price of entry, except the Sundew Velcro Wall, which costs an additional £2.50.

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