Children's House & Garden Trails | Castle Howard
Children's illustrator and trail designer Emma Metcalfe has designed several lively children's trails for Castle Howard, a magnificent stately home in North Yorkshire.
Emma was initially commissioned to create a fun, humorous and child-friendly illustrated map of the grounds which formed the basis for the popular Riddle Trail. Visiting families solved riddles hidden around the grounds, with each riddle revealing the location of the next one. This trail leaflet was subsequently expanded to include Geoffrey's Grand Tour, a grand tour inspired trail around the house itself.
The trail itself is a simple 'I spy' format where children simply spot the objects in the order they appear. Castle Howard were keen to have a simple trail without too much written information in order to make it accessible for young children and non-English speakers.
It features Geoffrey the lion, the Castle Howard children's mascot, along with some of his woodland friends.
Most recently the Where's my Baby? woodland trail was added to the trail leaflet. The aim of this trail was to encourage visitors to explore newly laid paths in Ray Wood, spotting baby animals printed on large shaped signs hidden amongst the trees.
The current edition of the Castle Howard children's trail book is A4, opening out to A3 and then A2.
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