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Cannock Chase Launches Two New Digital Heritage Trails

We are thrilled to share our involvement in bringing to life the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail with the launch of two new digital trails – Chase Tales and Hear Our Heritage.

The Cannock Chase Heritage Trail is a 10-mile route linking the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley. It passes through, or close to sites of historic or environmental interest, with interpretation panels along the way that tell the story of each location. The new digital offer was unveiled recently at an official launch event which showcased the creation of the two digital trails along with a new trail leaflet and map.

Download the app – no booking required

Visitors can now use the Cannock Chase Can App where they will need to collect all the QR codes for each themed trail to complete a challenge and gain points and rewards for their efforts. The app is free to download from Google Play or the App Store.

Cannock Chase Tales Trail logo

All the content created for The Chase Tales Trail is suitable for families and brings to life the interpretation panels with the use of musical animations and was created by local schoolchildren alongside professional artists and the Creative Learning team here at The Rep!

The audios were created by writers, Rep Foundry Alumni, Rae Mainwaring and Aimee Berwick with sound design by Clive Meldrum and performances by members of Tower Players and students from SUA Academy.

If you would like to take on this challenge with your family, you can hire a bike from Rugeley Cycle Hire and get a 10% discount if you use the Cannock Chase Can App. Make sure you download it before you start the trail. There are 26 QR codes to collect to complete the challenge.

Whereas, the audio created for The Hear Our Heritage Trail is suitable for families and history enthusiasts who would prefer to listen to the interpretation panels rather than read them. These were created by Tower Players.

Birmingham Rep Senior Drama Practitioner, Robert Beck, said:

It has been a huge honour to be part of this wonderful project. Not only is it fantastic to be involved with something which showcases the Cannock Chase region so beautifully, I am proud of how much local talent Birmingham Rep has been able to support and foster.

“Working with West Midlands-based writers Rae Mainwaring and Aimee Berwick, students from Staffordshire University Academy, The Hart School and Kingsmead School, as well as local performers from the Tower Players, this truly is a project with the people of Cannock Chase at its heart.

“Through this project we have brought the rich history and heritage of the area to life and created something for the whole community to enjoy and be proud of for many years to come. I am so pleased Birmingham Rep have played a role in bringing this incredible project to fruition.”

Rae Mainwaring will be returning to The Rep in October as the writer of Bright Places, an honest, funny and autobiographical story about growing up in the shadow of chronic illness.


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