Friday, August 24, 2018 - 09:45

The Eden Project’s Expedition Space programme is going out with a big bang on the last weekend of the school summer holidays with a fancy dress extravaganza.

Children are being encouraged to come dressed as their favourite astronaut or alien on September 1 and 2 as Eden celebrates the grand finale of a summer of space adventure.

It will be the last chance to blast off on a Mission to Mars, whizz down the Superfast Space Slide and learn the secrets of extra-terrestrial travel from an alien friend.

Every child in space fancy dress that weekend has the opportunity to win a prize from the Eden Shop.

They can be photographed with the supersize, inflatable, Eden astronaut and his alien friend who are set to make a special appearance in the outdoor gardens.

On September 1 and 2 only, there is also a two-for-one offer on the virtual reality (VR) experience giving visitors a chance to step out across the fiery, volcanic surface of Venus.

The immersive experience will be just £5 for two people that weekend and is suitable for anyone aged eight and above. Tickets can be purchased on site.

It will also be the final opportunity to go on a space musical journey and sing along to some science songs all linked to space with award-winning science communicator and singer-songwriter John Hinton.

Ensonglopedia of Space is a new show created especially for Eden by John Hinton and there will be three performances daily in the Mediterranean Biome at 11am, 1pm and 3pm from August 27 to September 2.

John is a science communicator and singer-songwriter, who has won awards across the UK and Australia for his musical comedy science shows.

The shows are interspersed with the last showings of the Eden narrators’ Great Cornish Take-Off show, which take place at midday, 2pm and 4pm. Winners of the fancy dress competition will be chosen at the 2pm and 4pm shows.

Kate Francis, Eden’s programme producer, said: “We’d love for everyone to bring their children in their favourite space costumes next weekend and have a last blast before they head back to school. We have some extra-terrestrial space fun happening on that weekend only.”

All Expedition Space activities apart from the VR experience are free with Eden admission, Pass or Membership.

The inflatable astronaut appearance is subject to weather conditions.

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