A new ambitious project aimed at getting Lowestoft moving has been launched.

Spearheaded by Sentinel Leisure Trust in partnership with Lowestoft Town Council, Oulton Broad Parish Council, Carlton Colville Town Council, Carlton Marshes (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) and Suffolk County Council the initiative will see local parks and open spaces come to life.

‘Love Exploring’ is a new interactive app that embraces local parks’ history, heritage, nature and more to actively engage people of all ages to get outside, get moving and explore. Hidden gems can be found and unknown features of the parks discovered whilst participants win points and prizes for local schools.

The FREE downloadable app features trails, quizzes, activities and points of interest to find and discover. All of which encourage participants to hunt for clues as they explore the locality. Pictures, sculptures, views and information panels all provide hints and clues to the answers.

In a unique feature virtual fairies, dinosaurs and planets mysteriously appear to enhance the real-world experience.

The app also includes interactive quizzes developed by Lowestoft’s museums to entice participants to explore their fantastic exhibits and collections.

Matt Stebbings, Physical Activity and Health Manager at Sentinel Leisure Trust and project lead said “I am excited to see all ages outside having fun exploring our parks and hopefully learning something new along the way. I hope to see grandparents, parents and grandkids all using our wonderful parks more often.”

“New games, quizzes and trails will be added throughout the summer to keep people coming back to the parks and enjoying the game.”

Cllr James Reeder, cabinet member for public health and prevention at Suffolk County Council said “As a nation we have a real challenge with low levels of physical activity across the population and the problems that it brings both for the individual and society at large. Finding new and imaginative ways of getting people moving, especially through using technology, will be important in tackling this important issue. We will be watching ‘Love Exploring’ with interest to see if it can successfully encourage more people to be active and ultimately contribute to Suffolk’s ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”

The ‘Love Exploring’ app can be downloaded now from the app store for iphones or via Google Play for android.  Sentinel Leisure Trust will be hosting community engagement sessions on the 12th and 19th August in Nicholas Everitt Park and Sparrows Nest. More information will be available on their social media accounts soon.

For more information about the app visit – www.loveexploring.co.uk.

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