Do you regularly look after your grandchildren as part of childcare arrangements? And are you looking for inspiring places and activities to enjoy with your grandchildren in Cornwall?

We’re running special ‘grandparent-friendly’ activity sessions at our beautiful site, where you can:

  • enjoy spending time with your grandchildren outdoors 
  • be inspired by play ideas and outdoor fun, with activities led by our expert team
  • have the chance to meet other grandparents with their grandchildren

Summer activities

Join us on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer with your grandchildren for fun, educational sessions in our Spiral Garden near the Core building, where together we’ll be exploring everything from leaves to water to soil. We'll also be using a special classroom inside the Core. 

Sessions take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am-12pm and 2-3pm until 24 August. (Please note, there is no session on Weds 8 Aug; this session will run on Tues 7 Aug instead.)

Garden Explorers: Round and Round

Wednesday 25 July and Friday 27 July 
Explore spirals and see how many you can find as you go ‘round and round’ the garden.  Then create your own.  

Garden Explorers: What’s hiding out there?

Wednesday 1 August and Friday 3 August
Explore the Spiral Garden to find the creatures that make their home there. Find out what you can do to create a habitat at home.  

Garden Explorers: Water, water everywhere

Tuesday 7 August and Friday 10 August
Explore where we can find water in the garden and why it’s important. 

Garden Explorers: Leaves

Wednesday 15 August and Friday 17 August
Leaves are plants’ energy centres.  Discover where you can find them and explore their different shapes and sizes.

Garden Explorers: Soil

Wednesday 22 August and Friday 24 August
Look more closely at the soil beneath your feet and find out what lives in it, what makes it and play with it.  

Who it’s for

We’ve designed these sessions with grandparents and under-fives in mind, as we know that many visit Eden regularly – often as part of regular childcare arrangements.

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How to book

The bookable sessions are free with admission (so you'll just need a ticket, Annual Pass, Locals' Pass or Eden Project Membership to come in), and don't forget that under-fives get free entry to Eden. You will need to book your grandchild(ren)'s free place on the session to help us anticipate numbers. When booking, choose either the morning or afternoon session in the dropdown to complete your booking

We ask for a maximum of two children per adult. Please note that the named adult on the booking form must be the individual who attends the session.

Autumn activities

We’ll be continuing our programme of drop-in and bookable sessions for grandparents and their under-fives during September and October. Bookings will open soon, but in the meantime, here are the details.

Tuesdays: Garden Explorers

A one-hour workshop which meets near the Core Café and explores a different theme in the garden each week through play. Go ‘Round and Round’ the Spiral Garden; hunt for minibeasts; try pond dipping and help Eden’s Gardeners water our thirsty plants; identify leaves and create some leaf art and find out what’s under our feet. 

When: Tuesdays, 10.30am and 1.30pm, on 11, 18, 25 September, 2, 9 October 
How to join in: Please book your place for this. Bookings will open shortly.

Wednesdays: Look Closely

Drop-in for some early years science activities in the Lab. Develop your looking skills as we discover all the parts of a plant and what they do.  Sort, match, order and explore.  

When: Wednesday 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, on 26 September, 3, 10, 17 October.
How to join in: Simply drop in. Meet us at the Lab in the Core

Thursdays: Music in the Med

Make some noise with music specialist Matt Douglas. Learn new words and songs to describe all the fascinating plants that you can see around you in the Mediterranean Biome. Practise spotting rhythms and patterns in the music and learn to play as part of a group. Get your groove on to the beat of the Biome. 

When: Thursdays 11am-11.45, on 13, 20, 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October.
How to join in: Please book your place for this. Bookings will open shortly.

Friday: Explore and Play

Learn more about the fascinating plants which grow at Eden. Come and discover what is growing in our Biomes and gardens and find out more about them through play. Join us in the Core Café, venture onto site and then return to play.  

When: Fridays 10.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm, 14, 21, 28 September, 5 October.   
How to join in: Please book your place for this. Bookings will open shortly.

Volunteering opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering at Little Eden for Grandparents, we’re particularly looking for those who are aged over 50 and have enthusiasm for learning. Find out more about this opportunity.