Caching in on the good weather

children enjoying geocaching

24 July 2013

Visitors to England’s number one tourism experience this summer are invited to take part in a treasure hunt with a difference.

As part of its award winning Art & Architecture programme, Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland is to host a new series of unique arts workshops.

One of the Epic Arts workshops is Creative Geocaching, which will take place on Sunday August 18.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where participants use GPS equipped smart phones and devices to locate a cache (a box of trinkets).

It is popular worldwide and there are an estimated 1.4 million caches tucked away across the planet.
The adventure will begin searching for caches that have been hidden around the historic Kielder Castle, then after lunch, the treasure hunters will use their artistic abilities to create their very own caches to hide in Kielder Water & Forest Park, or anywhere they choose!

Peter Sharpe, Art and Architecture Curator at Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: "Kielder Art & Architecture’s new workshop programme is exploring a range of different and unusual ways to engage with Kielder’s fascinating landscape and history.

"Geocaching is a great way to use modern technology creatively - and also have a lot of fun whilst you are doing it."

The Creative Geocaching workshop is suitable for both children and adults but participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The day starts at Kielder Castle from 11am until 3pm and costs £25 per person. Participants can bring a packed lunch or there are cafe facilities.

Other Epic Arts workshops in August include landscape photography, a printmaking workshop and a sculpture day. For more information and to book, go to visitkielder.com or call 01670 620 450.

For more information contact Janine Scott, Communications Advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park) on 0191 301 5538 or janine.scott@nwl.co.uk

Kielder Water and Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the Best Tourism Experience in England by VisitEngland, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information visit Kielder Water & Forest Park website at www.visitkielder.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working at Kielder to promote sustainable development, provide recreational facilities, improve knowledge of the natural environment and encourage the arts. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.
Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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