Hastings GEOCAche Trail
creativity + story + Adventure = community
England’s Creative Coast is a cultural adventure for 2021 that connects and celebrates the stunning South East coastline of England. Discover 7 new contemporary artworks in the breath-taking landscape across Essex, Kent and East Sussex and take part in the world’s very first art GeoTour! Every cache is created by the local people that live in the coastal towns of Southend-on-Sea, Gravesend, Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne.
Geocaching is GPS-enabled treasure hunt, using smartphones or GPS devices, to find hidden caches. To play, you need to travel to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the cache (container) hidden at that location. Caches are graded according to their accessibility and content. They can simply be a container with a log book linked to online content, an object or prize. The GeoTour is perfect for art lovers, families and those wanting to explore their own towns, our geocaches are hidden in, and around, our outdoor artworks, galleries and coastal towns for you to find. There are hidden secret seaside-themed stories and rewards in every cache.
In partnership with Hastings Contemporary, we supported community groups in Hastings to create 6 Geocaches. Our trail stretches from Hastings Country Park to Combe Valley. The caches have been made by; Groundwork South volunteers on the Hidden Hastings Heritage project working alongside artist Mary Hooper, Architectural student Fatima Esayli with digital content creator Leigh Malaihollo from the Refugee Buddy project, children at Sacred Heart RC Primary School with artist Janey Moffatt, Hastings Youth Council with artist and activist Beccy McCray, the Rough Sleeper Initiative with the Eastbourne Studio Pottery, and artists Elise Liversedge and Julie Willard working with Friends of Combe Valley.
To take part, download the Geocache app at www.geocaching.com
Access our GeoTour at coord.info/GT4A5
If you can find all 6 caches in Hastings & St Leonards, write down the code words that are recorded in the log books and you may be eligible for a free gallery visit or family workshop at Hastings Contemporary. Email your 6 words to firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the GeoTour, and the other organisations that helped bring it to life - Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne and Turner Contemporary - visit www.englandscreativecoast.com
"I am so glad to have been part of the team who have collaborated to produce this amazing geocache within a place I love Hastings country park. I am proud of what we have achieved and have surprised myself with the melting pot of ideas collected by myself Kelly and Cath and the production of the final piece. It’s been amazing to work with real live artist Mary Hooper. Thank you to Culture Shift for giving me the opportunity to be part of this project."
England’s Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent (Go To Places), funded by Arts Council England and Visit England as part of the Cultural Destinations programme and Discover England Fund, with support from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), East Sussex County Council, Kent County Council, Essex County Council, Visit Essex, Southend Borough Council, The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Southeastern.