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Trails of Discovery

Please go to Documents under Our Society to find a map showing the location of all our trails.

Our second Town Trail has been completed and presented to the Chairman and Trustees of Tavistock Heritage Trust. One of the Trustees is Dr.Geri Parlby who is a member of our Society and a popular lecturer for The Arts Society. The presentation was accompanied by a cream tea, Tavistock being the mythical birthplace of the Devon cream tea. Two French tourists visiting the Visitor Information Centre at the time of the presentation were able to sample the cream tea.

Three church trails for children at St Maurice Plympton, St Mary's Plympton and St Francis of Assisi, Plymouth have now been completed. Children from local schools attended the launch of each trail, with one school sending two classes. Two memory trails for St Maurice Plympton and St Mary's Plympton have also been completed and presented to the church.

On the 14th February, on a glorious sunny day, The Arts Society South Devon presented the first Town Trail for children created by The Arts Society to the Plymouth City Information Centre on the historic Barbican. The Trail was presented to the Information Centre Manager, in the presence of the South West Area Chairman, members of the South Devon Committee, and guests. The Trail starts and finishes on the Barbican and takes in significant landmarks around Plymouth Hoe including the Mayflower Steps, Drake’s Statue and the Armada Monument, and Smeaton’s Lighthouse. On completion of the Trail children are given a certificate by the Information Centre to acknowledge their achievement.

Memory Trails for people living with Dementia differ in that there are no answers. The trail aims to invoke memories and prompt discussion with family, friends or carers by looking around a church. 

Please look in the 'Documents' section to see the Children's Trail at St Francis of Assisi and the Memory Trail at St Maurice, Plympton, and in the gallery for pictures.

A Children's Trail is a questionnaire designed by members of The Arts Society for children aged 8 -12 but is really for people of all ages! The trail guides children round places of worship and historic buildings looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults. The aim is to encourage children to explore the building, to learn about it and enjoy the experience so that they are inspired to visit similar places.

Memory Trails for people living with Dementia differ in that there are no answers. The trail aims to invoke memories and prompt discussion with family, friends or carers by looking around a church.