Published: 12 Apr 2017

Right now you may be searching for fun, spring-themed activities for the family. We recommend the Hull Community Church on Newland Avenue, which is hosting the fantastic Narnia Trail.

This visual feast brings to life the story of Easter through the classic narrative, The Chronicles of Narnia. The resurrection of Aslan in the original C.S. Lewis Novel mirrors that of Jesus Christ. Through this childhood favourite, Hull Community Church hopes to engage young people with the religious meaning of Easter.

Before you embark on the trail, you will be given a Narnia passport and then walk through the magical wardrobe. Once you have entered the enchanting world of Narnia, you meet all sorts of charming characters from the book. Pop into Mr. Tumnus's cave, have tea in Mrs. Beaver's Kitchen, but be careful not to be tempted by the White Witch!

Throughout the Trail, visitors are faced with themes of betrayal, heroism and sacrifice. Finally, you come face-to-face with the magnificent Aslan and join the Narnian battle camp.

In 2008, a survey ran by Booktrust found that most people thought that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the best children's book of all time. So it's easy to see why the tale was chosen for this Easter activity.

Anne Dannerolle, Church Minister, is particularly excited about this retelling of the Easter story:

"It can often feel like the Easter story has been told so many times that it loses its meaning. As a church, we bring Narnia to life in April with a hands-on experience. We take you through the story, where you get to meet the characters, experience Narnia, and engage with the Easter story in an exciting and moving way."

The religious symbolism of this world-renowned story is nothing new, and in fact C.S. Lewis intended the book to have Christian undertones. The noble lion of Narnia acts as a Christ figure that returns to Narnia to save it from the White Witch.

The Narnia Trail is just one of the many ways in which Hull Community Church is captivating both adults and children. Since the opening of the World of Wonder fantasy play building adjacent to the church, they have been working hard to bring joy and playfulness to Christian teaching.

The World of Wonder space was transformed in 2014 after the church was awarded a £500,000 Big Lottery Fund grant. Taking inspiration from Matthew 19:14, when Jesus said Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these, the church worked with local children to build a creative environment for playing and learning.

"The Narnia Trail might seem nothing like church, but we hope it will be a new expression of church," Anna tells us.

Open each Tuesday and Saturday until Saturday 29 April, The Narnia Trail is a ticketed event. Tickets cost £1.50 per person, whilst those under 12 months can get in for free.

Tickets are available on the World of Wonder website  or at the Hull Community Church itself. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

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