MORE than 700 people have been welcomed through the doors to experience pupil's own ideas of wonder at a Helsby primary school.

Children at Helsby Hillside Primary School worked with teachers, professional artists and poets to create an exhibition that took visitors though a magic garden, to the circus and finally to explore outer space.

They began working on the project back in January when the school decided to mount an exhibition inspired by the book The Wonder by Faye Hanson.

The children started by enjoying a day at Helsby High School where they could immerse themselves in the different daydreams featured in the book. Attractions included a helter skelter, circus skills workshop, an ice cream van, and a cave bus where the children could explore a simulated cave.

The book's author and illustrator also came in to read to the children and explain the process of putting the book together, from the first idea to publication, which took six years.

More than 700 people came to see the exhibition, which is currently being dismantled, including parents, members of the wider community, and pupils from schools throughout Cheshire West and Chester.