Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 15:15

The Eden Project is to host a weekend of family activities inspired by the beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The fun weekend, taking place March 16-17, is to celebrate the 50th birthday of Eric Carle’s timeless storybook and will feature a packed programme which will allow families to come together and explore the tale.

Visitors will be able to follow a trail based on the book around Eden’s Biomes where they will discover a new piece of the story each step along the way. Linking the themes of the book, participants will journey through the days of the week, exploring the lifecycle of the butterfly as they go.

The Eden storytelling team will be on hand to deliver some magical sessions and there will be craft activities taking place inspired by the beautiful illustrations from the picture book.

Younger children will be able to create their own caterpillars from grass sprouting seed, make butterfly wings and construct a caterpillar string puppet. Those a little older can make their own wind-up fluttering paper butterflies.

Tamsyn Lewis, Eden Live’s senior programme lead, said: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a much-loved family favourite for so many of us and we are delighted to able to share in its 50th birthday celebrations.

“We hope that our visitors will be able to step inside the story and have tremendous fun doing so. It is set to be a very entertaining weekend for all ages.”

Eric Carle designed, illustrated and wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was first published in 1969.

The book tells the story of a famished caterpillar who eats his way through an increasing number of foodstuffs before transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

While telling the tale, the book also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more. Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun.

The classic picture book has been a favourite for generations, having been translated into 65 languages and selling over 50 million copies. It is estimated that a copy is sold somewhere in the world every 15 seconds.

All activities during The Very Hungry Caterpillar family weekend are included in standard Eden admission. For more information or to book tickets, see

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