About the story trail
Lowestoft families are invited to join a digital story trail through Lowestoft town centre, thanks to a collaboration between Get Suffolk Reading and local author Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward.
Six local businesses have agreed to host the first trail, displaying QR codes in windows for families to scan.
The QR codes link to YouTube videos that tell a story as families proceed along the hour-long walk through the Harbour and Normanston ward of Lowestoft. There are also activities at the end of each video to encourage conversation as families walk to the next stop.
The route ends at Lowestoft Library, which Get Suffolk Reading frequently collaborates with to encourage new users and continued engagement with the library service.
Free publicly available WiFi is available for use along some of the route.
We’re thrilled to be launching our first digital story trail in Lowestoft and hope it inspires families to walk, talk and learn more about each other’s dreams. You don’t need to be reading a book or writing words to enjoy storytelling. Listening to and creating your own stories while out and about is a great way for children to engage with literacy and build confidence in their speaking and listening skills.Sally Connick, Get Suffolk Reading Project Manager for Lowestoft
Get Suffolk Reading will be changing the story behind the QR codes at different points through the year, meaning the trail can be repeated with different tales and activities to experience.
The first story to be featured is Freddie’s Impossible Dream by local author Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward, who appears in the videos alongside his son, and illustrator, Robbie.
The launch event for the story trail is on Thursday 25 August, starting at 10am from Vera Gs Café on St Margaret’s Street, Lowestoft.
I am delighted to be part of such a wonderful project. It is the perfect marriage of highlighting the significance of our historic town centre and reading for pleasure. I am a big believer that reading is the bedrock of all learning and if we can make it a shared experience in the process then all the better. I cannot wait to see the story trail in action.Nigel Lungenmuss-Ward, author of Freddie’s Impossible Dream