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Thu 19 Jan 2023 | by Rob Hutchins

World of Tom Gates lands at Eden Project; UK Gov backs Eden Project Morecambe with £50m

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is coming to Eden Project this February half term as the Cornish tourist destination and education centre prepares to deliver a week-long family event filled with creativity, colour, imagination, and a lot of doodling. As part of the programme, running from February 11 to 19, Eden will be extending its usual free entry for children under five to all those aged 16 or under. The event aims to inspire kids to get creative ‘Tom Gates-style’ by making their mark on some wacky food sculptures in Eden Project’s Mediterranean Biome before following a ‘brilliant bug trail’ through the Rainforest Biome – leaving no leaf unturned. Workshops will also be taking place across the week, through which visitors will learn tips and tricks on how to doodle and draw. The workshops will run three times a day. Families will also have the chance to settle down with a To Gates classic in a cosy reading nook in preparation for World Book Day on March 2. Kate Francis, Eden’s Living Theatre Producer, said: “For over a decade Tom Gates and his Brilliant World have been entertaining and encouraging children up and down the country to embrace their creativity. “We’re very excited to be working with the team behind Tom Gates to create a half-term programme that we are confident will both delight and engage families while they are here and then take that joy of being creative at home with them.” Liz Keynes, commercial director of TG Entertainment, added: “We are thrilled that Tom Gates are working with the fantastic team at the Eden Project. There is great synergy between our brands and we look forward to an exciting programme of events which will delight existing Tom Gates fans and families and bring the Brilliant World of Tom Gates to a whole range of new ones too.” Eden's UK expansion   In other developments for Eden Project, the team has this week been awarded £50m in the second round of the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fuhnd to build its new Eden Project Morecambe in Lancashire. The bid was submitted by Lancaster City Council and was chosen as a recipient of the largest investment possible under the fund, earmarked for large-scale cultural regeneration projects. Lancaster City Council will be the recipient of the funding and will work with partners to ensure it is allocated in accordance with Government requirements. Eden Project Morecambe is the new official name for the project which has previously been known as Eden Project North. The £50m investment is half the £100m needed to build the coastal-themed project. The funding will allow the project to move to its next phase and begin the process of finalising the remaining £50m from private and philanthropic sources. Annual visitor numbers are projected to be 740,000 and additional revenue brought into local businesses due to Eden Project Morecambe is set to exceed the £50m Government investment within months of the project opening. Preparation for construction is due to start this year and the aim is for Eden Project Morecambe to be open to visitors by 2026. Rob Chatwin, Group ceo of the Eden Project, said: “This is an historic moment for the town of Morecambe and the surrounding area and for the Eden Project and our partners. “We are delighted that Eden Project Morecambe has been recognised as part of the Levelling Up Fund and we are incredibly grateful to the Government, our partners, David Morris MP and the unique community of Morecambe for their wholehearted support. “This is a ringing endorsement of the teamwork that has brought Eden Project Morecambe to this point. We will now continue to work hard with our partners to make this vision a reality.” Eden Project Morecambe promises to be a landmark attraction for the North West, which will continue the Eden Project’s mission of connecting people to the natural world, celebrating the unique environment of Morecambe Bay.