Visitors in for a hoot this half-term with Eden’s new spooky story trail
A world of magic and mystery awaits visitors to the Eden Project this half-term as Halloweden returns with an exciting new interactive trail designed to entertain the whole family.
Taking place from Saturday October 17 to Sunday November 1, the Odyssey of Weird Little Stories, or OWLS for short, encourages visitors to explore all around the home of the world-famous Biomes, pausing at eight specially chosen locations.
Eagle-eyed explorers will be able to spot an owl at each of these points and, through an app on their smart devices, they can listen to fearsome stories, myths and legends from all over the world.
The eight narrations are located throughout the Outdoor Gardens and within both the Biomes and include a fascinating Korean folktale, an eerie Cornish ghost story, the legend of a spirit of the Amazon Rainforest and the myth of how the owl became wise.
The stories are mixture of new, original pieces inspired by spirit legends and old folk tales that have been rewritten especially for Halloweden. Each story is suitable for all ages and will be available for download before visiting via the Eden Project website www.edenproject.com.
A spooky new film previewing the OWLS can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa_sYVVHCpI.
Eden’s Director of Interpretation Jo Elworthy said: “We have some spellbinding new tales to tell over Halloweden. We’re sure our new trail will bring big smiles and lots of joy to all the family.”
Visitors can also catch a glimpse of some real-life owls thanks to The Screech Owl Sanctuary who will be at Eden throughout the half-term holidays. Birds set to appear include a Tawny Owl, a Barn Owl and an Indian Scops Owl - among the friendliest of species.
Fancy dress is encouraged so families are welcome to dress up in their most fiendish costumes to enjoy the spooky-but-safe experiences.
In addition to the Halloweden fun, Eden’s glittering ice rink opens on October 17, offering 40-minute sessions for skaters of any age and ability.
Social distancing safety measures mean that this year the rink will operate with much reduced numbers – so skaters will have more space than ever before.
Visitors to Eden will need to pre-book a timed entry slot and require valid form of admission, such as Eden Project Membership, Locals’ Pass, Annual Pass or standard admission ticket. Skating tickets must also be pre-booked for an additional charge.
For more information visit www.edenproject.com.