Ahead of Pebble Gorge’s You’re Getting Warmer event in Farnham on the 16 July, we spoke to their Co-Director Jane McGibbon, to learn more about their decision to tackle the tricky matter of climate change and what the experience offers to children and families this summer.
Can you give us a brief description of the event?
You’re Getting Warmer is an outdoor adventure for families and small groups that explores the effects of climate change in the UK. Armed with a smart-phone and specialist app technology, children and families are cast as Agents for Change by head honcho Agent Zero on a mission to hunt down clues to save the endangered Marsh Warbler and stall the Three and a Half Degrees Gang before we hit a temperature rising catastrophe!
Where does the inspiration behind the event come from?
Created in collaboration with John Hunter and Cat Harrison, the idea was developed for children after identifying that there was a need for more arts-based activities that used digital technology as a way of exploring big ideas. It is fundamentally about the effects of climate change on the UK, not melting ice caps and polar bears, but things that we can all relate to here and now.
Can you give us a little more detail as to how the event will run?
Small groups of children aged 7-11 years, and accompanying adults use a smart phone app to navigate around, and interact with, a series of installations. Using the YGW app participants follow written directions and an inbuilt compass device to find their way between caches. Each cache uses a mixture of visual or audio clips on the phone alongside real objects placed at specific places on the route. The caches have been designed to be self-sufficient and as unobtrusive to the local environment as possible, whilst still being unusual, intriguing and fun.
At the end of the mission, groups will record their own response to what they’ve achieved and upload it to a special installation on route where it will kept for others to see. Other YGW Agents and passers-by will be able to scan the installation using their smart phone to see YGW films as well as look through a range of other climate change related information.
Why will both children and adults enjoy this event?
It’s all about team work. This is a rare opportunity in which both adults and children can participate in an activity and enjoy it at the same time. They have to work together to solve the clues and reach the end of the trail, so it will involve lots of interaction and communication between them. The company have worked hard to ensure that it’s not a worthy or guilt inducing experience and are keen for people to go away having spent a really fun hour together in the park… and maybe they’ll learn something too!
What would you say to people who are interested in coming along to this event?
If you’re struggling to keep the whole family entertained this summer, then this event is ideal for keeping all ages occupied. You’re Getting Warmer is essentially a private theatre performance just for you and your family. You’ll get to meet exciting characters along the way, solve interesting clues and have fun interacting with our individually-designed app. If your children enjoy the theatre or making up their own adventures, then this experience is perfect for them to get their creative juices flowing and have fun in the sunshine with their friends or family.
You’re Getting Warmer will be taking place on Saturday 16 July. For more information, please visit the webpage. More details including start times will be updated nearer to the event. To watch a short promotional trailer for the event, please click here.