Have you ever wanted to live in a real-life Hobbit Hole, pretending to be in the shoes of Frodo Baggins for the day? Or have you ever wondered what it would feel like to walk through a wardrobe into Narnia? Well, re-living your childhood might just be possible a few minutes walk from your university doorstep.
I know you’re sceptical. At this point, I would be too.
Hull Community Church, on the corner of Newland Avenue, really did build a place where imagination meets reality. The magical space within the church goes by the name World of Wonder. With a life-sized Hobbit Hole, Narnia wardrobe, treehouse and a snowball room, wonder accurately depicts the feeling of awe when you enter through the wardrobe.
The church is super friendly and welcome students and the community every Wednesday and Thursday into the church to relax, study or play – or all three if you’re like me.
I’m in love with the place. And whilst a student can only spend a certain amount of time in a Hobbit Hole, I also believe being a little more child-like is what we all need. Narnia author, C.S Lewis, puts it like this:
“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly.”C.S Lewis
If the writer of Narnia gives you permission to indulge in his books, I’m sure he won’t mind you indulging in the actual thing too.
What do you think? Would you have the guts to walk into a place like this?