This Spring, families in Fair Oak & Horton Heath will be able to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and have a great day out with this augmented reality story-trail.
As part of local plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, from April 30th until June 12th, Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council has teamed up with High Street Safari to run a free story-trail in our village. This innovative experience let’s family choose what happens in the story and is completely contactless, with anyone with a smartphone being able to take part for free. Players will not only discover cute characters along the route, but they also get to see them burst to life in augmented reality and take selfies and record videos with them!
The idea behind the event is to encourage families to get active and see our village in a whole new way, with a safe, socially distanced, and ambitious event. Shopping parents will love being able to get the kids on board with this amazing experience and families looking for a relaxing day out can encourage kids to have a screen-time break, do some walking and get rewarded at the end.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is located at seven stops around Fair Oak centre to visit, positioned so that families can discover hidden parts of Fair Oak & Horton Heath. Families will be guided on their trip by Sir Barnaby Beacon as he visits seven memorable and magical friends, like Charlie Crown or Theadora Throne, who have come to life from Buckingham Palace and gone on a trip to see our parish!
The trail takes about forty-five minutes to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It’s completely free for families and groups to take part in and they win a free, digital fun pack at the end. Schools are also being sent colouring sheets to enter a competition to have their works displayed on the trail, with £20 gift voucher being awarded to ten lucky national winners, as well as their winning entry printed as a specially designed commemorative poster.
The trail works without the need for families to download or sign up to anything. With safety in mind, it has been designed so that there is no need to go inside the venues, but some participating businesses are offering discounts and vouchers to come in while you visit.
Not only is the trail an innovative and fun day out for players, but they can also choose to donate to Help for Heroes to support our veterans and their families. Melanie Waters, chief executive of the charity said:
“We’re thrilled to be the charity partner for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Trail and really looking forward to taking part in this innovative, community-based activity, as part of our plans to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year.”
The trail runs from April 30th to June 12th. To find out more about the trail, visit the website: www.jubileebeacontrail.com
You can view the virtual map here https://highstreetsafari.com/locations/jubilee-fair-oak