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Free family navigation challenge returns to Mansfield

The family-friendly navigation challenge Xplorer returns to two award-winning Mansfield parks this summer.

Mansfield District Council is running sessions at Titchfield Park, in Mansfield, on Tuesday 15 August and Thursday 17 and 24 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Sessions will also take place at Yeoman Hill Park, Mansfield Woodhouse, in partnership with the Friends of Yeoman Hill Park, on the same dates from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Participants can arrive and take part at any time during the two hours.

Xplorer is a popular FREE outdoor navigation challenge for all the family. It's perfect for primary and pre-school children and older children and adults can join in too. Using a simple map, participants have to find markers located around the park and identify what is pictured and learn a fun fact.

Older children can compete against friends and family to see who can complete the course in the quickest time and younger children will enjoy the excitement of finding the markers. Everyone who completes a course will get a certificate.

Xplorer is based on orienteering, which is an adventure sport that exercises both the mind and body. No experience of map reading is necessary and you can walk, jog or run the course at your own pace. The event is being run in conjunction with British Orienteering.

Cllr Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Wellbeing at Mansfield District Council, said: "The Xplorer events are a great opportunity for families to get out into the fresh air and have fun together in our lovely parks. This navigation challenge has proved to be very popular in the past with hundreds of people taking part. Entertaining children in the school holidays can be very expensive, but Xplorer is totally free." 

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Published Friday 11 August 2017.

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