Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 13:15

 

Thousands of visitors will get the chance to meet Mort the friendly alien when the Eden Project launches its biggest-ever summer programme Expedition Space on Saturday, July 21.

Extra-terrestrial traveller Mort has journeyed trillions of light years across the universe and is now ready to share the galaxy’s best kept secrets with everyone who visits Eden over the summer holidays.

The fun animatronic alien is making an exclusive appearance at Expedition Space as the star of a new family show running daily from July 21 through to September 2.

Otherworldly tour guide Mort will give visitors the lowdown on space travel and give a unique insight into some of the unusual ‘local’ customs of our solar system.

His show is suitable for all ages and takes place at Eden every 15 minutes from 10am to 7.30pm on Mondays to Thursday and 10am to 5.30pm Fridays to Sundays. 

•For a sneak preview of Mort’s alien antics see his video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ttsym0EMfA or download the video file: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i7i8k6u4e8uq8y5/AADJqKqxxOGIa8i3-4OKw400a?dl=0

Expedition Space is an all-new programme of intergalactic activities at Eden set to be the ultimate space adventure holiday.

Highlights are a journey to the Red Planet, mini-golf on Mercury and a super-fast slide down the surface of a moon.

On the Mission to Mars space explorers can climb aboard a rocket and blast into orbit while enjoying spectacular views of the Moon en-route.

The journey will showcase the wonders of our stars and galaxies before culminating in a dramatic landing on the Red Planet where a resident Martian expert will explain what it would be like to live in such a barren landscape.

There is more out-of-this-world fun with caving on Saturn’s rocky moon Titan, a lunar driving test on a Renault Zoe slot-car buggy and space-themed storytelling and performances all taking place in Eden’s Arena, Orchard and outdoor gardens.

Thrill-seekers of all ages can bump, bounce and whizz down one of the biggest attractions of Expedition Space – a 34 metre-long slide located on the steep bank of the Arena hillside. 

The Slip 'n' Slide is designed to mimic the pristine icy slopes of Enceladus, the moon of Saturn, where the surface temperature regularly dips beneath -200 degrees Celsius.

Participants speed down the slide in a rubber ring and there is also a smaller, 18-metre experience for younger daredevils. 

A mind-blowing new virtual reality experience will take intrepid visitors on a thrilling 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.

Kate Francis, Eden Live Programme Producer at the Eden Project, said: “It’s so exciting to be welcoming such a well-travelled and friendly alien tour guide to Eden as part of our biggest summer programme ever, Expedition Space.

“Mort will be regaling all our visitors with his extra-terrestrial tales and giving everyone an out-of-this-world insight into the secrets of our galaxy.

“Don’t miss this chance to meet our friendly alien and enjoy an ultimate space adventure at Eden this summer with intergalactic activities for all weathers.” 

All activities, with the exception of the virtual reality experience, are included in the standard admission price. The virtual reality experience will cost £5 per person. For more details or to buy tickets, see www.edenproject.com.

Expedition Space is part of Invisible Worlds, a major new permanent exhibition that reveals the world beyond our senses. Its centrepiece in Eden’s Core building is ∞ Blue (Infinity Blue), a spectacular 8.5m sculpture that blows vapour rings.

See full details of ticket prices on www.edenproject.com