A JOURNEY through time and space awaits visitors to the West Midland Safari park this autumn.

The sixth Safari Illuminations walk-through begins at the park on Friday and creates the illusion of an alien invasion through puppetry.

The event also features more than 50 illuminated prehistoric creatures and light boxes depicting scenes from the evolution of early life forms right through to mankind.

In addition, there will be more than 100 illuminated animals from bats to sealions, while the Discovery Trail attractions will continue to be open during the event.

These include Mark O’Shea’s World of Reptiles, which contains a record-breaking exhibition of some of the longest, deadliest and heaviest snakes in the world.

Free-flying bats, jumping rats and the rare and mysterious Aye Aye can be encountered in the Twilight Cave, as well as all kinds of colourful tropical marine and freshwater fish from across the world in the Seaquarium.

The Creepy Crawley exhibit contains some of the creepiest, crawliest insects on the planet and an evening sealion show will take place at the open-air Sealion Theatre.

The park’s amusement arcade will be open until late, along with its big rides.

Gates to Safari Illuminations open at 5pm, with lights switched on at sunset. Last admission is 8pm and amusement rides close at 9pm.The animal reserves will stay closed throughout the event.

Admission costs £5 per person, while children under three years go free. Amusement rides are charged extra in all cases.

For more information about the illuminations walk-through call 01299 402114 or visit www.wmsp.co.uk.