Explorer Backpacks launched at the Cathedral

Tuesday 24 October

Peterborough Cathedral is today (Thursday 26th October) launching free Explorer Backpacks for its youngest visitors.

The child-sized red backpacks are designed with children aged 7 and under in mind, and include all the tools needed to explore the Cathedral in detail. There is a magnifying glass for close-up viewing, a tape measure for sizing up columns, a pair of binoculars to examine the ceilings and a set of coloured paddles to look through and see the world as if through a stained glass window.

The pack also comes with a mini teddy bear called Benedict, a torch for peering into dark corners, and an activity trail suggesting things to find.

In June the Cathedral also published an activity guide for older children entitled Monks, Mischief & Marauders, created by children’s illustrator, Emma Metcalfe. Alex Carton, the Cathedral’s Schools and Learning Officer, said: “We hope that the Explorer Backpacks and the new activity guide will inspire families to bring their children to this amazing building  knowing that they will have a great experience.”

Monks, Mischief & Marauders children's activity guideJaymee Heaton, who came to trial the new backpacks with her three boys (pictured) and their Dad before the launch, said: “The boys loved it and we think the new Explorer Backpacks will be a hit!”. You can read Jaymee’s full review at www.TheMumDiaries.co.uk

The backpacks are available all year round, usually from 10am until 4pm from Monday to Saturday and 12.00 noon until 3.00pm on Sundays. There are occasional changes to these times due to events or services, so check the website for details or call 01733 355315.

The backpacks are free to use in exchange for a refundable deposit – either £5 in cash, or your credit/debit card left securely for collection when you return the pack. Monks, Mischief & Marauders is on sale at £2 per copy.

For more information please contact the Cathedral’s Schools and Learning team on 01733 355307

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