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As High Streets open once more this April, Lincoln BIG are keenly aware that people will want to look for fun activities that are safe, socially distanced and contactless. As part of a programme of events, they’ve teamed up QR code trail experts High Street Safari to create two free, interactive trails that are designed to encourage people to enjoy walking around the city centre, and most importantly, have a lot of fun.  

Fun for Families

The Secret Carnival Family Trail launching on Monday 19th April 2021 is positioned around Lincoln city centre with 10 carnival characters, like Harlequin, the cheeky jester. The trail takes about 45 minutes to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It’s completely free for families and groups to take part in and they win a personalised, digital ‘selfie storybook’ at the end.

To create their ‘selfie storybooks’ families need to practice their acting chops as they take funny ‘scene’ selfies along the trail, with directions like ‘look amazed’ or ‘look curious’. Then, once they complete the trail, their selfies are then embedded directly into the book pages as part of the story. The book tells readers about the day their family went on a tour of the secret carnival - so they become stars of the story and get a wonderful keepsake.

The trail works by utilising contactless QR codes, without the need for families to download or sign up to anything. With safety in mind, it has been designed so that there is no need to go inside the venues, but some participating businesses are offering extra incentives to come in while you visit.

When families in Lincoln scan each character’s unique QR code they’ll learn their names and what their role is in the carnival. Younger children will enjoy spotting the colourful characters in shop windows and older kids, and grown-up ones, will engage by hearing the stories.

To find out more about the trail, visit the website:

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