Easter Goes Narnia Style in new Hull Experience

The traditional Easter story has been given a fantasy make-over by an enterprising church in Hull.

The Narnia Trail at Hull Community Church in Newland Avenue, is the brainchild of huge Narnia fans among its congregation. It aims to bring to life the potency of the original Easter tale, through the lion Aslan dying and being resurrected, just as CS Lewis intended in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Visitors to the Trail are promised a journey where they discover betrayal, heroism and sacrifice.  They pick up a Narnia passport, walk through the wardrobe, are tempted by the white witch, visit Mr Trumnus’s cave and Mrs Beaver’s kitchen, meet Aslan, be part of the Narnian battle camp and be crowned on the four thrones of Cair Paravel, the fictional castle where the Kings and Queens of Narnia rule.

Church Minister Anne Dannerolle says

It can often feel like the Easter story has been told so many times that it loses its meaning. As a church, we are bringing to Narnia to life in April with a hands-on experience that will take you through the story, meeting the characters, and experiencing Narnia, and the Easter story in an exciting and moving way.

It is the latest development at the World of Wonder fantasy play building adjacent to the church, which was awarded a £500,000 Big Lottery Fund grant  in 2014 for a transformation, guided by ideas from local children.

Anne adds

This might seem nothing like church, but we hope it will be a new expression of church!  In the few months since it opened, the World of Wonder has brought joy and playfulness back – even for adults!

The Narnia Trail, at 310 Newland Avenue, opens on Saturday 1st April at 10am and is a ticket-only event at £1.50 per person (youngsters aged under 12 months are admitted free), available online or visit wowhull.com or WowHull on Facebook for more details. Tickets are also available from the church. The Narnia Trail is open from Tuesday to Saturday most weeks until 29th April, although some school visits have been booked prior to the Easter holidays. Check online for availability. Please note that the last entry is one hour before closing.