Over one thousand people have downloaded South Norfolk Council’s Wym Trails App in just two months.
The two popular digital trails, available on a free app that uses both augmented and virtual reality, were launched in June and have prompted hundreds of locals and tourists to discover more about Wymondham’s fascinating past.
Scores of children have also explored the town, through a second trail which sees the town’s GoGoHare come to life as they follow him on a virtual treasure hunt to find his lost belongings and answer his quiz questions.
South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Michael Edney said:
“The trails are proving to be incredibly popular, which is great news for businesses in the town. Hundreds of people of all ages have been enjoying them, and I’m not surprised, it’s a brilliant experience, you really get a sense of what medieval Wymondham was like, walking amongst Kett’s men as they prepare for battle and watching the Abbey being rebuilt, it’s just fantastic. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go!”
To enjoy the history trail ‘A walk through time’ or the children’s GoGoHare treasure hunt, just download the free ‘WymTrails’ app onto any smart device from the App Store or Google Play, before you visit.
The adult version of the trail begins at Wymondham’s Market Cross and the children’s version at the nearby GoGoHare. Both versions can run in parallel on the same device, so the whole family can explore the town together.
There are also free to use virtual reality headsets in both the Heritage Museum and at Wymondham Leisure Centre which will transport users back to 1549 to experience the Kett’s Rebellion battle in and around Norwich.
The app also provides historical information about more recent stories from the town, details of special offers from local businesses, local car park sites, an orientation map, places to eat and drink, local nearby attractions and links to other websites including the Chronicle Stories website.
The trail has been funded through a £116,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. To get the most from the Trail download the free app from any app stores where you have good access to WiFi. The app is designed to work on most modern handsets that have a camera, compass and GPS.