We are very pleased that you have discovered us. Now we would like to help you and your children discover hidden, extraordinary, important and historical places and stories.
Discover Explore is part of Discovering Places, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their local, natural, built and historic environments.
Discover Explore is an exploration game which starts on this website and takes you, your family or school group on adventures to various locations around the UK. Full of fun, engaging and educational activities, which we call missions, this website is a tool for discovery which we hope will:
Discover Explore can be used to help you and your children to learn about historical places in creative ways. The missions are designed to be fun, challenging and inspirational. Using Discover Explore can:
On this website you will find a selection of locations to choose to explore. Each location will have a set of four specific missions for you and your children to complete whilst there. On each Location page we will provide you with all the important information that we think you’ll need to know to ensure your adventure is a successful one. This includes an ordnance survey map, top survival tips and explorer essentials. There is also a section called ‘info for grown ups’ which gives you information on directions to each location, accessibility, parking, opening and closing times, entry fees (if any), refreshment and toilet facilities plus an approximation of how long it will take to complete the missions and age suitability. All this will also be available on a downloadable Explorer Pack for each location.
To make the most of Discover Explore it's a good idea to:
We take child safety very seriously.
Anyone aged under 13:
We assess levels of benefit and risk for every activity on this website. Despite this, we advise you to make your own judgements and carry out any necessary risk assessments before allowing children to complete any mission or exploration. You will be the best judge of what is reasonably safe for your child’s level of experience and ability.
In addition conditions can change quickly in places where missions are located. This is especially true in upland and exposed places. We encourage you to always plan ahead when visiting the countryside and to follow our Survival Guide and read up on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and/or Natural England, Countryside Code.
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Discover Explore is written and managed by the Discovering Places team and is supported by many partner organisations whom have helped to shape and develop it. We hope to encourage young people, their families and guardians to see and explore the world in new ways, become a little more confident, happy, empathetic and knowledgeable.
Discover Explore has been built by The Workshop. It is part of Discovering Places, which is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor. Discovering Places is delivered in partnership between The Heritage Alliance and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, requests or comments please contact us.
Discover Explore has been built by The Workshop. It is part of Discovering Places which is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor
Discovering Places is delivered in partnership between The Heritage Alliance and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Original artwork by Tom Morgan-Jones & The Geography Collective.