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A free, family trail fit for a king

News release 10371, published on 03 May 2023

Families visiting Basingstoke town centre can enjoy another free, augmented reality story trail this month (May).

To help celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has teamed up with High Street Safari to give young visitors the chance to meet Sir Lawrence the Lion and his friends as they help him to prepare to be crowned king.

The soon-to-be king’s best friends have suggested what he should wear for the coronation, though not all the suggestions are very sensible and so he needs help from the borough’s youngest residents to get ready for his coronation.

Families will be able to start the trail by finding any of the characters at stops in Basingstoke town centre and enjoy the experience by scanning the QR codes there, choosing what happens in the story and seeing the king and his friends in augmented reality.

As players scan the QR codes at each stop, they get to do mini challenges, see a suggested item of clothing and try it on themselves in the ‘selfie studio’. At the end, they will see the fully prepared king in augmented reality and be given a free e-book to read at home.

Featuring 10 stops in the Top of the Town including the Willis Museum, The Tea Bar, Afrizi and Wax Works, the King’s Wardrobe trail takes about 45 minutes to complete though the king’s helpers can complete it in more than one visit and in any order. It is free to take part in and doesn't need families to download or sign up to anything. The trail works on any smart device, such as a smart phone.

The council's Economy, Arts and Culture Manager Daniel Garnier said: “This trail will encourage families to visit and support businesses in the Top of the Town while celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III. With augmented reality experiences and challenges, the King’s Wardrobe trail will be a fun for children and parents alike.”

The trail runs from Thursday 4 May until the end of the month. For more information about the trail, visit the website:   

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