The Eden Project

If you are planning to take a trip in Cornwall, you should not miss one of its famous spots – The Eden Project. It has been known as “The Living Theatre of Plants and People”.

Make your vacation an unforgettable one by experiencing the wonders and beauty of Mother nature. Almost 8 million visitors already witnessed this fascinating world of plants and people, since it opened in 2001. The Eden Project is your gateway to moving a step back and remind yourself about the co-existence of nature and humans.

The Eden Project

A wide range of plant species is housed in a dramatic global garden – which is about the size of thirty football pitches. This garden nestles like a lost world in a crater overlooking St. Austell Bay. Apart from the breath-taking ambiance inside The Eden Project – be further impressed by what you find outside.

You will view the landscaped grounds of tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. Learn other related facts and processes all involving the plant life – from paper to wine, perfume to brewing, plants and medicine to plants in construction. Surely you will appreciate The Eden Project as it tells you a hundred plant stories.

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The Outdoor Biome

As you arrive the place, you will immediately see to the left – the Rainforest Biome and to its right – the Mediterannean Biome. These two indoor biomes are surrounded by the Outdoor Biome. The Outdoor Biome represents the temperate world including America, Europe, some parts of Asia – and of course, Cornwall.

The Eden Project Newquay

This place is not just all plants – to the left in front of the Rainforest Biome, you will witness the famous lake. This lake is known as the typical venue of Eden Sessions – The Eden Project’s outdoor summer outdoor programme. On winters, you will enjoy the lake as it will serve as the covered ice rink – where the seasonal activity named “Time of Gifts” is held.

More sections to see in here are The Visitor Centre Building – located behind and The Eden Project’s Core – which you find to the right. This is the copper-clad roof considered as The Eden’s Education Centre.

The Rainforest Biome

The Rainforest Biome – which is one of Eden’s two covered biomes – is considered as the world’s biggest greenhouse. In an area of 15, 590 square metres – it has dimensional width of 100 metres, length of 200 metres and height of 55 metres.

See the tropical plants of The Eden Project – which include rubber, coffee, bananas and giant bamboos. You do not only witness what the tropical plants are but also experience the feel being in a tropical island as the temperature is set to range from 18 to 35°C.

With the humidity maintained by a waterfall and a network of misting sprays, you definitely will enjoy the tropical nature adventure like you’re really there.

This is a unique and magnificent place delivers to you the tropical feel effectively because the Rainforest Biome do not rely only on the regulated computerised systems. The natural properties of the environment are also major factors. This is mainly provided by the rear cliff wall that absorbs heat from the sun during the day and then releases the heat later at night.

Of course, the tropical concept will not be complete if not because of the plants themselves which help control the sphere by releasing moisture to cool the air, especially when it gets too warm.

The Mediterranean Biome

If you want to experience the natural landscapes of the Mediterranean as seen in California and South Africa, The Mediterranean Biome is the place to be. It has an area of 6,540 square metres with dimensions of 65 metres in width, 135 metres in length and 35 metres in height.

Within the sphere, see the different Mediterranean plants which include olives, fruits, aubergines and peppers. In this biome, you can also see ‘The Rites of Dionysus’ by the Falmouth-based sculptor Tim Shaw.

The Eden Project exceptionally achieved this whole concept because the fundamental element considered as high priority is the arts.

The Eden Project truly believes that beauty of nature should be witnessed and experienced first-hand by humans as this statement serves as its principle: “..we aim to blur the perceived line between the creative and the scientific and use art to illustrate the vital link between plants and people.”

The Core

The Core is the new education centre opened by The Eden Project in September 2005. This was creatively designed to emulate the rules of nature that govern plant growth. It is built with a central trunk and canopy roof. As you gaze up, you will see the interesting details of the roof with its form made with intricate web of curved timber beams.

This brilliant idea is based on the Fibonacci spirals – which is a pattern that is found in many natural forms including those in snail shells and pine cones.

The Eden Project

Another wonderful structure created is the Plant Engine – a giant glass sphere which is directly ahead. The creative mind behind this the artist, Will Jackson. Inside the sphere, you will learn and witness a fast-growing tobacco plant maintained by a 4,000-watt lamp – which serves as the “sun” to provide warmth.

A great technology is innovated on it by utilising the oxygen produced by the plant. The oxygen is fed through flexible pipes to bell jars that contains automata – which are mechanically animated puppets. This place is well taken care of and monitored with the sensors – which record the plant’s levels of oxygen production and carbon dioxide absorption.

Run to the Sun 2010, Newquay

If you want to have some real fun this summer then it doesn’t come much more authentic than run to the Sun Festival in Newquay.  It’s been going since 1987 and unlike many other popular festivals has managed to avoid becoming over commercialised and still be retains its honest sense of style and fun.

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Organic b&b in Newquay – Deep Green Lodge

Deep Green Lodge

Deep Green Lodge is a lovely green bed and breakfast owned and managed by our friends Mike and Lou.

They’ve put in emmense efforts to make it Eco Friendly with their fabulous eco-friendly paints and the whole place has a very calm feel about it.  There is a great collection of some very exciting shark and travel books in the breakfast & play room, which is worth spending an evening in if you’re visiting Newquay in winter and can’t find things to do outside.  Here are some ideas for things to do in Newquay. Click here to read more »

Cornwall featured in a new TV show

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The welsh TV channel S4C will this week feature Cornwall in its holiday show Tocyn, as part of the series focus on what great value holidays can be had in the Celtic nations and regions.

The programme airs this Wednesday 27th Jan on S4C at 8.25pm and will be visiting top Cornwall attractions including the UK’s surf capital Newquay, the world famous Eden Project and smaller attractions such as the Cornish Camel Centre.

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Taxi rank scrapped at Newquay Airport

Newquay Airport

In an attempt to increase awareness, Newquay airport, Newquay Airport has decided to scrap the airport taxi rank and award an exclusive contract to a single taxi company to operate on the premises.

The change in policy will eliminate competition between local taxi’s an inevitably result in significant increases in prices for airport users.

Travellers using the airport can save money by pre-booking local axis who will still be able to pick up and drop off customers who book in advance.

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The Top 5 Best Surf Hotels in Newquay

Newquay is the absolute place to be for extreme sport and summer beach action – it’s safe to say that this north Cornwall town has come a long way since its days as a modest fishing village. Surfers from far and wide make the pilgrimage to catch some of the finest waves on the continent, check out top-drawer events, and take advantage of the best facilities that the UK has to offer.  In the meantime you’re going to need a place to stay – so here’s our look at the top 5 best Surf Hotels in Newquays.

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The Top 5 Best Budget Hotels in Newquay

Newquay, on North Cornwall’s Atlantic coast, is getting to be the UK destination of choice for 18 to 30 year-olds. The town’s popularity is little wonder, because here you’ll find a buzzing club scene by night and some of the best surfing conditions in Europe by day. With so much going on, you won’t want to waste time indoors. When it comes to finding hotels in Newquay, a no-frills bolt-hole will do – but that doesn’t mean you’re going to have to slum it. Not once you’ve read our rundown of the best budget hotels in Newquay.

1. Great Western

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The Top 5 Best Sea View Hotels in Newquay

Cornwall’s Atlantic shore features some of the most dramatic coastline in the whole British Isles. And the town of Newquay has its fair share of exhilarating rocky promontories, towering cliffs and golden beaches, all packed into a small area. We wanted to get in touch with the town’s breathtaking scenery, and decided to find out just which are the best sea view Newquay hotels. One of the best things about the spectacular landscape here is that you can enjoy it year round – nothing beats an invigorating morning walk along a windy cliff top, or waking up to the gentle sound of rolling surf. So here’s our list: Click here to read more »

Welcome to Newquay Hotels Fairy

Newquay sea view


This week we’re launching the Hotels Fairy micro-site for Newquay, where we will provide you dedicated information about the surf resort to help you get the most out of your trip and help you find the best deals on hotels in Newquay.

Our travel writers will be posting regular articles exploring the many facets of the seaside town, and how to have the most fun at the best price, whether you’re a surfer, a  walker, a family looking for a fun UK destination, or even if you are looking for a luxury spa break with stunning ocean views.

There are lots of ways to get to Newquay. Whether you’re arriving by train, plane, coach or car, travelling through the Cornish countryside or via the coastline is a breeze and makes the journey that much more inviting.

Hotels Fairy will help you find the best deals on Newquay hotels and helps you to get the most out of your visit when you get there.  Use the Newquay search box on this site to compare prices on hotels and keep checking back for regular articles about Newquay and nearby attractions in Cornwall.

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