Oliver Jeffers seems determined to not let 2020 be the year that Corona steals Christmas. The children’s author and illustrator has created an immersive space in the iconic Harrods where families can be transported from reality into a magical world.
Families are invited to enter the lost and found land where they are handed a ‘United federation of Planet Earth’ passport with a variety of objects that need to be found (both in real life and through large real-life illustrations on the walls and the floor. )
The trail takes you through an enchanted forest on to the deck and off to sea where you travel by boat and weather a few storms (perhaps a nod to this year’s difficulties and the need to continually push forward). You meet penguins at the South Pole and take a trip to the moon in a spaceship.
Jump, dance and be enchanted as you travel on the moon – the youngest traveller in our family bubble (tickets allow entry for up to 6 people) was a tender three months.
There are plenty photo opportunities and although the experience is advertised as £30 per family bubble, the £30 store card you receive upon arrival means the experience is free (would suggest buying some of Oliver Jeffers’ books, if you don’t already have all of them).
There’s more too – families can book a themed afternoon tea for £25 per person after the experience (we did and we were very much impressed with the children’s afternoon tea).
If you are unable to join in face to face there are a variety of downloadable craft packs you can enjoy from the comfort of your home and there is also a storytelling hamper (although this is priced at £200) as well as the virtual art class below.
The Wonder of Stories is open until Sunday 10th of January and must be booked in advance. More info and booking can be found via the Harrods website here.