‘I don’t usually like walking, but I loved this!’

By Llara Munn on April 25th, 2019 - comments

Active Lincolnshire bought a very active Easter to Skegness Leisure Water Park.

On Thursday 18 April loaded with every chocolate egg you can dream of Ian Brown, Project Lead from Active Lincolnshire, delivered an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference. Miriam Ellis, Park Manager of Skegness Leisure Water Park, said: “What an absolutely fantastic day our customers had, it was wonderful to seeing so many people walking around our site. Everyone was really positive and we are hoping to run another event like this one soon”

Funded by Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) the 2km long hunt was entirely run through the app GoExplore Lincolnshire and had more than 60 families take part. Participants had their general knowledge tested over 17 multiple choice, Easter themed, questions which took them on a hunt across the caravan site before they received their reward.

The hunt led participants around the park, however the family member in charge of the phone could choose where they started and the direction they travelled in. A few rosy cheeked parents lamented that they let the kids be in charge and were taken off in all different directions, with the children preferring a zig zag approach rather than a straight line.

Ian Brown, who runs the GOGA project in East Lindsey, said “it’s great to see so many families out being active together; parents, grandparents and kids running around and on their bikes and scooters. Especially good that so many who are out walking don’t usually take part in physical activity and sport. We are really pleased with how everyone is using the app, even those who weren’t confident about using smart phones have been surprised with how easy it is to use.”

Active Lincolnshire’s mission is to get everybody in Lincolnshire active, every day and this is an example of the sorts of activities that bring together different age groups, genders and abilities. Families scrambled up hills, biked across lawns and explored the park searching for ‘eggs’ (pins on the app that contained the questions they needed to answer), this is turn spiked the curiosity of more members of the caravan site who then joined in the hunt.

Llara Munn, also from Active Lincolnshire, was delighted “this is exactly what we hoped for, the kids leading the way getting the whole family walking far more than they expected and working together to solve the quiz. We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful sunny day and so many willing participants and really want to thank the staff from the caravan site who volunteered their time and helped make it a success.”

The GOGA programme, which funded this Easter Hunt, has been developed to get some of the UK’s least active people moving, supporting disabled and non-disabled people by providing fun and inclusive activities for all. It is through initiatives like this that free, fun and inclusive activities can be provided in areas where current activity levels are low. Latest results from the Sport England Active Live’s Survey found that in East Lindsey 38.5% of adults currently do less than 30 mins of activity a week and this makes it one of least active districts in England.

Active Lincolnshire, along with its partners, are dedicated to turning this tide of inactivity around by making it easier, cheaper and more fun to get out moving with friends and family, in schools and at work to create a county where everybody is active, every day.