A Trail of Discovery is a question sheet that guides children around a church or other significant local building and encourages them to engage with the architecture, history and furnishings. Arts Society members voluntarily give their time to research and write the questions and corresponding answer sheets. The aim is to encourage 8-12 year olds and their families to learn about the building and inspire them to visit and enjoy other places of interest.

Trails of Discovery are researched, written and designed in a child-friendly format. They are produced on two-sided A4 pages, in black and white to keep the cost of reproduction to a minimum.

Once a Trail has been tested, the Arts Society volunteers provide a CD and hard copy of the questions and answers to the church or other building. The local Arts Society bears the small cost of making the Trail and setting it up.

The venue then funds the maintenance of supplies of the Trail.

An Arts Society trail for your historic building 
If you think a Trail of Discovery would help visitors and congregation engage with your church or other significan local building, please contact your local Arts Society and invite them to produce one. Visit the Societies page for details of your nearest Arts Society.

The Arts Society is also developing Memory Trails, for people living with dementia. Memory Trails help those older members of our communities with memory difficulties explore churches and recall the scents and touch of objects from experiences in earlier years.


Last updated 14 September 2018