17 Oct The dragons are unleashed!
Halifax’s fun new dragon-themed walking trail launches today and is all set to entertain kids as well as boost local businesses.
The eagerly awaited Dragon Trail has officially opened today in Halifax, giving residents and visitors a fun themed route to follow around the town centre. Deliberately launched in time for the school half-term break and lasting until November 4th, the walking trail is expected to be a popular free attraction for children and their families over the coming weeks.
Participants can follow the trail on foot using a free map available from Discover Halifax at their HUB visitor information centre in the Woolshops area of town. Maps are also being distributed through local schools. In all, there ten 5-foot tall ‘cut-out’ dragons to find, each one located at a different town centre venue. The trail ends at the HUB, where an amazing animatronic dragon will be on display and a small reward will be given to every participant who completed the trail. By submitting their trail map in the box provided here, participants can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win dragon-themed goodies.
Although it coincides with Halloween, the Dragon Trail is more about celebrating Halifax’s cultural relationship with these mythical fire-breathing monsters, which can still be seen depicted in the town’s historic architecture. Discover Halifax, which organised the walking trail, expects it to attract more visitors into the town centre, which in turn should have a positive knock-on effect for local businesses located there. Supporting local jobs and traders is a key goal for Discover Halifax; a non-profitmaking initiative now in its sixth year. Discover Halifax’s Project Manager, Chloe McNeill, explained,
“We’ve been really excited about launching the trail, as it’s a great way for kids and their families to have a little fun and get some gentle exercise while they explore our town centre. As well as the satisfaction of seeing and ticking off all the fabulous dragons, there’s the added thrill of a chance to win dragon-themed prizes, and businesses should certainly benefit from the extra footfall. To top it all off, it’s completely free to take part!”