Animated Objects will be taking over Memorial Gardens in Withernsea for the evening of Saturday 19th November to create a magical trail of lanterns and illuminations inspired by the wonderful places the hero Odysseus visited on his epic journey home from the Trojan Wars.
Look out for giant lotus flowers; a field of starbursts; dancing lights and lots more decorating the gardens, all accompanied by an enchanting musical soundtrack. The pier towers will also be featured, and there’s face painting free of charge as part of the evening.

Why not join the informal family lantern walk starting at 6.00p.m? Just bring along a battery powered light and meet us at the pier towers for a gentle stroll along the prom. No naked flames please!

We will also be at The Pantry on the High Street from 2.00 - 4.30 on Friday 18th running a free drop in lantern making workshop for families with younger children if you’d like to make your own.
It's a great opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the coast and capture some great selfies with family and friends in the run up to the festive season.

Admission is free. No need to book. The event runs from 5.00 - 8.00p.m. on Saturday 19th November and an average visit takes approx. 15 - 20 minutes.

A number of businesses in town will be open for refreshments, and there are toilet facilities and a bar open at the Meridian Centre on Pier Road as part of the event.

Part of 'The Odyssey - an Epic Adventure on the Yorkshire Coast'; funded by the Yorkshire coast BID
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Please find below a map of the event
The Trojan Horse

The Trojan Wars raged on for over a decade…
Only the hero Odysseus had a plan to bring the conflict to an end.
He had visions of a giant horse - capable of carrying a deadly secret.

In October, Animated Objects, alongside a team of over 180 volunteer makers brought The Trojan horse to life as a gigantic cardboard sculpture, alongside a festival of free family activities in Bridlington Spa.

Huge thanks to everyone involved in making it happen, and to the thousands of visitors who came along to watch it taking shape.

Take a look at our social media from early November for exciting news about the structure!
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The Odyssey is now taking shape in graphic novel form!

Each chapter of Odysseus' journey home will take place in a different town along the Yorkshire Coast over the coming year. To accompany his epic journey, we will be publishing an original version of the story in comic form as a free download.

This first chapter tells of Odysseus' meeting with Aura; how it triggers memories of his time in the Trojan Wars; and how he is visited by the vision of making a gigantic horse to end the war…

Click here to download.

All images © L.Threadgold. Not for resale or distribution without the author's consent
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Community storytelling
We've worked with local businesses, organisations and individuals over the past two years to put together a modern retelling of the story of The Trojan Wars. You can see the second episode here, which takes us up to the creation of The Trojan Horse, where the project moves into live events for Odysseus' epic journey to reach his homeland. Watch this space for further details!
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The Survivor

As part of our epic reinvention of the story of the Trojan Wars, Animated Objects brought a larger than life visitor to the coast this summer.

Aura - the survivor, stood 16 feet above the crowds in Withernsea, Hornsea, Whitby, Filey, bridlington and Scarborough. Thousands of people came along to see her in action and to learn more of her story, as a young civilian survivor; displaced by the Trojan Wars in our epic reinvention of Homer's classic tales.

She then took to the road with an odyssey of her own- travelling a circular route from Scarborough to Spurn Point; then up the coast to Staithes and Boulby before returning to base, travelling through a number of towns and villages on her way and experiencing some amazing views over the countryside.

The response from audiences in each town was incredibly moving, and we would like to thank all the many volunteers; everyone in the BID team; Oakleys plant hire; East Yorkshire Buses; North Yorkshire Water Park; our event security and medical staff; and the local authorities for working with us to ensure a safe and welcoming event for visitors in every destination.

And Aura also went on to travel to Crawley in August as part of Enlive: You're Welcome by Creative Crawley. It was wonderful to showcase the creativity of Yorkshire artists and communities as part of this exciting event, and share Aura's story with a wider audience.

Watch out for the next chapter in 'The Odyssey - An Epic Adventure on The Yorkshire Coast' with the creation of the Trojan horse coming soon. See above for details.
Find out more about 'The Odyssey'

We’re delighted to announce that after over a year of filming, lockdowns, restrictions and dramatic weather, the first instalment of our film version of ‘The Odyssey - An Epic Adventure on the Yorkshire Coast’ is ready to view. Take a look in the link below!

This extended version of the first episode introduces the world of our story and the events leading up to the Trojan Wars. Inspired by Homer’s classic tales and the hero Odysseus’ incredible adventure trying to return to his beloved homeland, this version is set across over 100 miles of Yorkshire’s dramatic coastline and surrounding areas.

It gives you an insight into how we’ve worked with some of the incredible businesses, organisations and individuals in our communities to breathe new life into these classic tales, by telling the story as one of the biggest relay events on the coast!

And that’s not all…

Read on for details of the exciting geolocation version of the story, and the spectacular Trojan Horse planned for the summer months. This is the point where the project moves to a larger scale, and we’d love you to join the adventure!

Given the current situation with ongoing conflicts in a number of countries around the world, as a mark of respect we will not be publishing the second chapter of this story until it is more relevant to our live event - The Trojan Horse in late summer 2022.
Some of this story may be familiar to people already - The Trojan horse sneaking into the city of Troy for example (just wait until we start building that on the coast in the summer!), or you may have heard of Achilles and his heel. Over the coming months we'll be introducing you to the story in more detail, through geolocation story apps, more short films, and visual projects in different locations.

To follow the story there'll be a number of exciting activities taking place. Scroll down this page to find out more.

And the stars of this story are the communities themselves.

'The Odyssey' is a Yorkshire Coast BID project, created and delivered by Animated Objects.
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Geolocation Stories

'The Odyssey' is now available to listeners on their mobile devices as a geolocation story in over 40 locations on the Yorkshire Coast, in two chapters - "The Gathering Storm' and 'The Trojan Wars'. Please visit our geolocation page for more details of how to download the free Echoes app.
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'The Odyssey' is a Yorkshire Coast BID project, involving communities from Spurn point to Staithes.
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