Heritage Lincolnshire is delighted to announce the launch of the first in a series of explorer trails celebrating the wonderful history of Lincolnshire. Focussing on the highlights, hidden gems and things we perhaps don’t know and see within our local towns and villages, the project aims to create self-led trails which encourages locals and visitors to get out and about to explore the rich heritage of our towns and villages
The first in the series allows families to discover the historic town of Sleaford whilst solving a chain of clues to assist the trail’s animal mascot. It puts the town’s best known heritage locations in the spotlight, whilst also highlighting some of the more unusual and less recognised sites. For locals it can even transform the way they look at the town, noticing places and features they may never have spotted before.
The trail has been put together by a team of local volunteers who researched, planned and trialled the trail before it went on to be professionally designed into an attractive booklet.
Charlotte Davey who is leading on the project said:
“The Lincolnshire Explorer Trails project is our response to the barriers presented by the pandemic. We hope to overcome these by allowing people to engage with heritage in a different way. The trails have been designed to offer a guided experience without the need for a tour guide, so households can get out and about exploring their local area. The trails take place outdoors and are perfect for those struggling to find things to do during lockdown and within the restrictions. Our greatest hope is that they will really connect local people to the history on their own doorsteps.”
With the successful Sleaford trail pilot now complete, Heritage Lincolnshire are moving on to look at other areas to create similar trails across the county and aimed at all ages.
The first Lincolnshire Explorer Trail will be available from the week beginning 11th January and can be purchased and downloaded from heritagelincolnshire.org/trails
The digital copy is priced at £7.99 and can either be downloaded onto a smart device or printed at home. Heritage Lincolnshire may be able to offer a small batch of printed versions at a later date, depending on demand. Supporters of the charity who are Family Members also get a complimentary free code to download a trail each year. All money raised goes back into supporting the charity’s work across Lincolnshire.