So, you want to discover and explore?
This page explains how to find locations and survive our missions. Good luck!
On this site you will be able to discover different locations and take part in lots of exciting missions.
You can find out more about playing the game on our HOW TO PLAY page, which takes you through these six simple steps:
We want you to survive your explorations. Any activity involves a level of risk and it's up to you to keep as safe as possible when out and about investigating new places and trying new things. We can't take responsibility for you making decisions that result in pain! We have thought carefully about each of the locations we have chosen and all of the missions that we have created, but places and circumstances can change quickly.
Always read the ‘Top Survival Tips’ and ‘Explorer Essentials’ on the right hand side of the Location page. This information is also available on the downloadable Explorer Pack. This is where we share some thoughts on how to have a more successful adventure.
Top tips for staying alive!
The internet is awesome, but sadly some people online are not as friendly as we would all like. Keep safe online by:
We recommend that you take a look around the Think U Know website too. This is packed with advice on keeping safe online and what to do if things go wrong.
Here are the key points from the code and you should follow these at all times.
Get permission to do the mission and make sure the weather is not going to turn dangerous.
Always pack some basic kit: a watch, a fully charged phone or some change for a phone box, and a basic survival kit (including any medication you take, some plasters, a snack and a drink). Pack a map and compass too, for navigating and marking discoveries. Colouring pens and a notepad are essential and a camera if you have one. Don’t forget to pack your Explorer Pack!
Don’t go solo! You may need to leave your fellow explorers for while to complete some of the missions but always make sure they are close at hand and know where you are going. Get into a team for the Buddy Mission and the more challenging missions. Three is a magic number. If one of you gets hurt, one person can stay with them while the other goes for help. Agree a call (hoooo!) sign and a place where you can meet if you get split up.
If you are going for longer walks always leave a route card or plan of where you are going with someone. Let them know the time you are due back. If you don't return on time they will know to send out a search party and they will have an idea of where to look.
Always hatch a plan in case it all goes wrong. Where could you go to get help? Who would you call?
Many of the places that you explore will not have access to the internet. Decide which locations you are going to visit and plan your route. Each location has a dedicated Explorer Pack for you to download, which includes maps, essential items to bring, top survival tips and specific information pertinent to each location. You will see a download button on each location page and by every mission. You can either save them (to any device that can read a PDF) or print them out.
NB: Don’t rely on always having an internet connection at every location. We suggest you have a hard copy of the Explorer Pack to hand at all times.
Make sure you know whom to contact in an emergency. In the UK 999 is our emergency number. Write any other numbers down on a notepad, in your phone or somewhere else safe.
If the mission goes pear-shaped, follow these three steps:
If you need to do some first aid, you will find some tips and tricks on what to do below.
All the best explorers have rules that they never break. Here are some to help you keep your head on:
Protect and care for all people, animals, plants and places you visit.
It's a good idea to have a notebook, colouring pencils and the Explorer Pack with you. Many of the missions involve drawing and recording information so having something to write on is important. If you have a camera, video camera or other cool technologies bring them too if you can.
Once you've done a mission make sure you come back to the website and mark the mission complete. This is where you will WIN your badges. You can also keep an explorer log of your adventures on your Explorer Profile page.
Injured in the name of exploration? In all cases, tell someone you trust what happened and get checked out. Even the bravest and most famous explorers need a bit of looking after, especially if it involves some hot chocolate and cake.
For advice on what to do check out this information from the British Red Cross.
Most people you will encounter on your missions will be quite safe. Most people in the world are. But, just to be certain, don't get into the car of anybody you don't know. Ever. Most importantly, don't agree to go into anyone's house without the permission of the people who look after you.
It is safe to ask most adults for help. If you get hurt or run into trouble, the vast majority of adults will be able to help you, but the best people to ask are those in the emergency services. If they're not around, ask a group of adults in a public place.
There are lots of signs that warn you of hazards and advice you what not to do. For example, high, slippery, electric, explosive, sharp, keep off and don’t touch. Follow their advice. There may be some places you cannot enter or some places where you need to be accompanied by an adult or specially trained member of staff. Seek permission if you are uncertain.
Whenever you feel you need help, public buildings are always a great place to head for. Hospitals, police stations, schools and libraries tend to be full of people who will be able to help you in your moment of need.
There are lots of great organisations that can help you to have more successful and less painful explorations. Here are a few:
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.