The Eden Project in Cornwall will be hosting a summer of ‘space adventures’, featuring a mission to Mars, mini-golf on Mercury and a daring slide down the surface of a moon.
Expedition Space, running from 21st July to 2nd September, is a new programme of intergalactic activities taking place across Eden with plenty to do in all weathers.
Visitors of all ages will have the chance to try planet-hopping, meet alien friends, drive a moon buggy and enjoy a new virtual reality experience.
A big highlight will be Mission to Mars, an experience where explorers can climb aboard a rocket and experience the feeling of blasting into orbit whilst enjoying views of the moon en-route. The journey takes off from a stage and will showcase images of stars and galaxies before culminating in a ‘dramatic landing’ on Mars.
The planet-hopping continues with a list of activities including mini-golf on the recreated cratered surface of Mercury, caving on Saturn's rocky moon, Titan, and a lunar driving test on a Renault Zoe slot-car buggy. These activities will all take place in Eden's arena, orchard and outdoor gardens.
Thrill-seekers of all ages can slide down the icy slopes of Jupiter's smallest moon Europa on a slide located on the Arena hillside.
Plus, there will be daily space storytelling by Eden narrators and space-themed entertainment shows in the Mediterranean Biome.
Groups can also enjoy a bespoke new virtual reality experience that will take visitors on a trip across the fiery surface of Venus. Participants wearing headsets will have their real-life steps tracked and replicated in both virtual and augmented experiences while they traverse the planet's volcanic surface.
All activities, with the exception of the virtual reality experience, are included in the standard admission price – group discounts are available for 15 or more people. The virtual reality experience will cost £5 per person.
For more details or to buy tickets, see www.edenproject.com.