The Wonderful World of international best-selling author Oliver Jeffers is now open at Cornwall College, Camborne, where young children and their families can explore in 3D, the best-loved stories by best-selling writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.
Over the last three weeks, the Avalon Theatre at the Camborne campus has been transformed into a breath-taking world and the magical installation has been created especially for children between the age of three and seven years and guides them into an inspiring world where they can quite literally step onto the pages of their favourite stories.
As part of the story-led adventure, children are greeted by two eccentric lost property officers who encourage the children to explore the installation and take part in challenges, as they all help a lost penguin find his way home. Inside the animated world, children can take off in a rocket and learn how to catch a star. They can row a boat to the South Pole and enjoy ice cream at a beach where the sun always shines. The hands-on and fully immersive experience features live storytelling and children are invited to take part and given little tasks and activities.
“This is a genuine first for Cornwall, it’s rare to find such a fabulous, immersive indoor experience for the under 7s and we are delighted to have been able to bring this nationally touring exhibition to Cornwall,” remarks Amanda Harris from Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP).
“It is unique and magical and the children got it straight away! All we could hear from the children as they entered was the word ‘wow’ and gasps of delight”.
Funded by Arts Council England, the installation has come all the way from Discover Children’s Story Centre in London and is part of their national tour which takes in London, Liverpool and Camborne.
Pre-school and primary school groups are currently visiting the installation during the week and it is open to the public at weekends and during half term. As well as the experience at Cornwall College, families and school groups are invited to Heartlands to take part in the Story Trail.