This summer, explore our solar system and uncover the secrets of the universe – all in one epic family day out in Cornwall.

Train in the Astronaut Academy, take a Solar System Safari, discover freaky plants that are out of this world, meet space experts and encounter stranded aliens...

There's something for all ages, from the opportunity to hear talks from the likes of ESA experts to the chance to let off steam in our giant inflatable spacewalk.

Watch a video of our visitors' reactions to Journey into Space. 

Space activities this summer holidays

Solar System Safari

Explore the secrets of our solar system with a fully immersive Solar Safari experience. Your senses will be reeling from the incredible sights and sounds as you explore the unique environments of each planet – including the eeriness of Mercury, the heat of the sun, and the fieriness of Venus – before returning to Earth, our beautiful planet that's uniquely placed to support life.

Eden Astronaut Academy

Have you got what it takes to be an Eden astronaut? Defy gravity on the inflatable spacewalk, and take on mind-bending space puzzles and challenges designed to test your astronaut skills to the limit. Activities include the opportunity to radio control an Eden space exploration vehicle, the chance to try your hand at repairing a spacecraft, and to test your speed and skills with our reaction game.

Watch a message from Tim Peake, welcoming you to our Academy!

Alien Encounter

An alien spaceship has crash-landed at Eden, and its inhabitants are stranded here. We’re working on a way to communicate with these mysterious life-forms – can you help us de-code their signals and language? What would you ask an alien if you met one?

  • Sessions run every 15 minutes from 10am to 5.30pm (or 7.30pm on the evenings we're open later).
Please note, this experience is suitable for adults and adventurous children, as there are flashing lights and loud music. 

Virtual Reality Experience

Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins, in this 360°, 3D virtual reality experience. Book your VR headset to join us on a 13.8 billion year journey to answer some of the biggest questions of all time: What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Watch a trailer on YouTube

With expert input from leading scientists and cosmologists, plus an original soundtrack, We Are Stars is the most immersive science documentary in the universe.

Tickets:To experience We Are Stars, a 10-minute seated experience with a VR headset, please buy a ticket on site at the Eden Project – available at the door of the yurt, in the centre of the Outdoor Gardens. Tickets cost £7 and are available on a first come first served basis on the day itself and are not bookable online.

'I had goose bumps when I came out! It’s really impressive, especially when the shark comes straight at you.'
Visitor reaction

Where and when:The virtual reality experience is running every day during our space programme, inside our yurt, in the centre of the Outdoor Gardens. The film starts on the hour at 20 past and 20 to, from 10.20am. The last show of the day is at 7.20pm Mondays – Thursdays, and at 5.20pm Fridays – Sundays.

Parental guidance: Our suggested minimum age for the experience is 13 years. Children below this age will need permission from a parent or guardian to attend, but we advise that the content is not of interest to children under six.

'It felt like I was actually there, like an astronaut floating in space.'
Visitor reaction

The Great Cornish Take-Off

Blast off on a madcap mission to the International Space Station, in a show full of laughs – and a little bit of science – for all ages. Meet the Eden Storytellers at 11am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm or 4pm* in the Mediterranean Biome (show lasts 40 minutes).

*Please note, there is no 4pm show on 28 July, 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 26, 27 August, or 2, 3 September.

Meet the Experts

Join experts and enthusiasts from institutions – including the European Space Agency and National Space Academy – for inspirational tales of space endeavours and exploration. Find out what it’s like to live as an astronaut, how to create a career in space, all about the mission to Mars, and whether alien life really exists. You'll even get the chance to learn from Maddie Moate, children's presenter of Cbeebies Do You Know? These half-hour sessions take place daily at 12 and 1.45pm in the Mediterranean Biome. See the full programme.

Space-themed Renault electric vehicles exhibit

Visit the Core to check out our one-off Renault Twizy moon exploration vehicle at Renault’s space-themed exhibit, and find out more about how electric vehicles work.

Freaky Space Plants

On your journey, look out for awe-inspiring plants that are simply out of this world. Keep your eyes peeled for the special signs.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition

Marvel at some of the best astronomy photography in the world, as the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition makes its way down from London's Royal Observatory to the Eden Project. The pictures capture all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year.

(Image: Runner-up in the IAPY 2016 Our Sun category. Sun Flower Corona © Catalin Beldea & Alson Wong)

Relaxed sessions

We're offering free, pre-bookable relaxed sessions for children with autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication needs or learning disabilities who may benefit from a more informal experience. To take part in one of these free sessions you need a valid Pass or admission ticket for children and accompanying adults.

You can enjoy a Journey into Space at your own tempo in a more calm and gentle environment on the following Fridays and Sundays: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 August and 1 September.

The sessions start at 8am (our car parks will open at 7.45am) and run until 9.30am, when Eden opens to other visitors. The Alien Encounter will be open from 9.15am, when you will be able to tour through the experience; and get to see all the set, the alien costume and a version of the light show.

Book your relaxed session online.

Space by night

We’re open until 8pm Monday to Thursday, so you can choose to visit us for the whole day or just stop by on your way home from the beach. Keep an eye on our website for other special space events – we may have some cosmic surprises in store.

With contributions and support from National Space Centre Creative and the European Space Agency