Friday, January 8, 2016 - 11:15

The Eden Project will be hosting a weekend for families to explore the magical world of puppets on January 16 and 17.

Squashbox Theatre, otherwise known as Penzance-based Craig Johnson, who is also a member of Kneehigh Theatre, will be performing Stones and Bones, a marvellous mix of history and mystery set in ancient Cornwall. 

The show will help Eden visitors find out all about archaeology and fossils, give them the chance to say hello to a stone-age ancestor, hear stories of giants and wizards and maybe even catch a glimpse of a dinosaur or two.

Isabella’s Story Bicycle will also be making appearances during the weekend. Isabella is a botanist who loves to share stories from her incredible adventures around the world.

This show has been inspired by a Japanese style of storytelling called Kamishibai, or “paper theatre”. Isabella and her Story Bicycle will whisk visitors away to another world with captivating and delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a rather handsome bicycle called Dilys.

Eden’s very own storytellers will be re-telling the well-known tale of The Enormous Turnip, in which a grandfather plants a turnip which grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks for the help of people and animals alike to help him work together to get the turnip out of the ground.

This Eden version, The Enormous Organic Turnip, is free range, organic and locally-produced, and includes some unforgettable new characters.

Marion Harrison, Eden Live Project Lead, said: “Here at Eden we are all about telling stories and bringing our visitors’ imaginations to life. Our unique line up of puppet performances is sure to entertain and educate audiences.”

Eden’s Locals Passes are also now available to people who live in Cornwall or Devon, offering unlimited entry to Eden until October 31, 2016 for just £12 for adults, £10 for over-60s and students, £8 for children aged five to 16 and £37.50 for a family of two adults and two children for those who choose to pay by Direct Debit.

Passes can be bought online at or on arrival to Eden (proof of residence in Cornwall or Devon and photo ID required). Passes can be bought up until March 7, 2016.

During the weekend of January 16 and 17, people who work for the NHS and blue light services, care professionals and youth group staff, leaders or members will be edible for free entry to Eden. This is part of Eden’s Devon and Cornwall community weekends, taking place over the winter months.