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Beano goes wild at Eden Project this summer with family climate change campaign

Thu 21 Jul 2022 | 10:21 am GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

Caption: Dennis and Gnasher recently sneaked down to Eden to help with the plans for the Beano summer extravaganza.

The iconic British comic book IP Beano is hitting the Biomes this summer holiday, taking up residence at the Eden Project in Cornwall to deliver an action-packed programme of mischief, mayhem, and making the world a better place. From July 23 to September 4, families can team up with the Beano’s Dennis, Gnasher, Minnie, and more to take on the quest of defeating the dreaded CO2-Zilla, save the planet, and rebel against climate change. Visitors will be guided along a wild journey around Eden by an exclusive, bespoke Beano comic strip, taking families through various missions along the way to help the cast of character on their crusade to save the earth. The pursuit will see families explore the whole of Eden’s great outdoors and Biomes with games, crafts, and activities across the site. Each one will explore a different topic crucial to climate change. Visitors will track CO2-Zilla to discover its weaknesses and learn ways to reduce carbon dioxide to keep the climate cool. Along the way, they will find a series of six activities to take part in, each representing a method to tackle the issue of carbon dioxide. Among the activities hosted, visitors will be invited to step into CO2-Zilla’s emissions lair where they will work together to solve a set of puzzles and bring CO2 down. Meanwhile, teamwork will be required to Cork a Cow, a game in which families will try to stop cows releasing methane, from both ends. A third activity sees families discover how growing plants for bees and bugs can help the climate by taking part in four challenges to save pollinators and boost biodiversity, while in the Arena area of the site, visitors can choose a skateboard or scooter to show off their eco-friendly transport skills on skate ramps. Over the course of the summer holidays, every Tuesday and Thursday will see craft workshops invite guests to learn how to embellish their clothes, turning old garments into new in order to reduce the amount that we buy. There will also be the chance for kids and families to rebel against climate change and declare what they stand for by adding their voices to a wall of climate placards. Kate Francis, Eden’s Living Theatre producer, said: “Storytelling is a part of our DNA at Eden and we believe stories have the power to bring people together and help make a difference in the world. “Beano has inspired and entertained people for over 80 years so we are thrilled to be working with them to tell the story of climate change in Eden’s usual fun, engaging, and accessible way. “We hope families visiting us this summer will have a wonderful day making exciting memories together and be inspired along the way to help protect our amazing planet Earth.” Timed entry tickets for the summer programme are now on sale. All visits to Eden must be pre-booked in advance, including those who visit for free, such a Eden Project Members.
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