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New £116,000 app to take tourists on an interactive tour of Wymondham

PUBLISHED: 00:34 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 00:34 14 November 2017

Wymondham Market and Market Cross. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Wymondham Market and Market Cross. Picture: SIMON PARKER

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A new digital trail will take visitors on an interactive tour of one of Norfolk’s historic towns in a bid to boost tourism to the area.

Wymondham Abbey. Picture: NICK BUTCHER Wymondham Abbey. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

South Norfolk Council has secured a £116,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to build trail, which will be available to download, free of charge, from all mobile app stores.

The trail is a pre-set walking tour of Wymondham, with the user being guided around the town by the app as 3D images of historic artefacts pop up, along with stories about historic events from the town’s past.

South Norfolk Council cabinet member Michael Edney said: “This is fantastic for the town and will attract thousands of visitors into Wymondham benefitting local businesses.

“The whole trail is remarkable but for many, the highlight will be the virtual reality gaming experience at the Wymondham Museum.”

Wymondham Market Cross. Picture: SIMON FINLAY Wymondham Market Cross. Picture: SIMON FINLAY

The experience works with virtual reality headsets, which transport visitors back to Norwich in 1549 to be an observer and participant in the Kett’s Rebellion battle within the city walls.

“The user will be able to interact with the virtual environment and experience the sights and sounds as they might have appeared on the day,” said Mr Edney.

“It’s just brilliant.”

The trail has both child and adult versions that can be used in parallel, so families can enjoy it together.

Wymondham Abbey. Picture: NICK BUTCHER Wymondham Abbey. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Other things people will be able to see include:

• Wymondham’s market place as it was in medieval times

• Wymondham Abbey as it appeared in 1200

• The Wymondham fire of 1615

• 3D modelling of artefacts from the museum’s archive collection

The technology enables 360 degree historical scenes to be created, as well as characters which can be superimposed into the settings to interpret the story.

The app will also give those taking part options for more information about the featured stories and their history, details of local businesses, car park sites, places to eat and drink, nearby attractions and links to other websites.

The trail is planned to go live in the new year.

What do you think of the new digital trail? Write, giving your full contact details, to andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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