Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:00

The Eden Project is going back to the Stone Age this February half-term (February 10 to 18) with a week-long event celebrating the forthcoming Aardman film Early Man, being released by STUDIOCANAL in the UK on January 26, 2018.

Early Man is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.

The Eden Project, based near St Austell in Cornwall, will be marking the release of this cinematic treat with a series of themed activities taking place around the gardens and Biomes.

The dome tent in the arena will be transformed into a Stone Age cave, where visitors will be able to daub cave art on the walls, make their own prehistoric accessories and help in an archaeological dig.

Animation enthusiasts can also discover the tricks of the trade and see how the film was made in the studio area.

This will feature behind-the-scenes footage and film clips and production art work, providing inspiration for everyone to make their own character from the film in the model-making workshops.

Visitors will be able to trek through the Rainforest Biome to find Schookel coins, the film’s prehistoric currency, and take part in bush craft and survival skills workshops.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Peter Lord, Co-founder & Creative Director, Aardman, said: “Early Man is set to be one of the best family films of the year and we’re proud to be celebrating it at Eden this February half-term. Dug, Hognob and their lovable band of prehistoric misfits will be enlivening Eden for the duration of the holiday with some amazing stone age stunts.”

Leading Dug’s tribe of lovable misfits is Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) who is joined by Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Grubup (Richard Webber). Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug and helps the tribe in their battle to beat the Bronze Age at their own game.

Aardman is a production company based in Bristol specialising in stop-motion animation. Their most famous work includes the Wallace & Gromit films, Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts. Feature films include Chicken Run, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas.

The latest trailer for Early Man can be viewed at