Festival Background

The Festival of Discovery is all about exploring what a better future might look like – for individuals, communities and our planet. The Festival is designed to connect people from across the UK through lively discussions, fun demonstrations and inspiring stories covering topics from climate change and food security to inclusive communities, wellbeing, resilience and much more!

Huge thanks go to all of the fantastic individuals and organisations who have contributed to the Festival and helped make it a reality. The Festival of Discovery is brought to you by the Eden Project and made possible by The National Lottery. Here’s a little more about us.

The backdrop to our festival located in Cornwall, the Eden Project is a visitor attraction, global garden, educational charity and social enterprise in one. At Eden, we create gardens, exhibitions, art, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature towards a better future. We are inspired by the belief that people are more than capable of changing things for the better, and through creating Eden, we’ve learnt what ingenuity, resourcefulness, hope and determination can do.

We are bringing the Festival of Discovery to you as part of our vision of a society full of happier and healthier communities where people know one another and neighbourhoods thrive. 

We are the team behind The Big Lunch, the UK’s Thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities which happens every year in June. We encourage people to learn, share and connect year round through our UK-wide network, online and offline events and Community Camps.

Find out more about Eden Project Communities, here.

The Festival of Discovery is made possible by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We’re passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.