Welsh Heritage – using technology to engage kids with history, fairies and dragons

Come and join with Cadw (Welsh Heritage) to chase fairies and dragons around historic sites in Wales. A great opportunity to engage the kids in something they might not always been keen to do, grabbing a bit of Welsh history but throw in a bit of technology, you have them hitched!

Our new game, Little Dragons, is currently available at the castles of Harlech, Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon, Raglan, Chepstow and Caerphilly.

Sitting within the existing Cadw app, users are invited to find and collect ten different coloured dragons at each of the Cadw sites using your very own special compass.

Using augmented reality technology, the dragons are ready and waiting to be found, hiding in the castle grounds but only visible though your (magic) phone or tablet screen. Take a picture of all ten dragons and you win!

How to use the trail:

Before visiting your chosen Cadw site, download the Cadw app from your phone’s app store. Visit the ‘Little Dragons’ section to download the dragon content to your phone so you can view it at the castle when there’s no connectivity. Then when you’re at the castle there’s no need for mobile reception or for WiFi, just turn on your Bluetooth!

When you arrive, a link to the game will appear in the main app menu. Use the dragon compass to help guide you through the site and it will flash blue when dragons are near!

Please collect your dragons safely! Don’t check your phone:
• on stairs,
• in the car park,
• in the shop,
• in the toilets
• near water or castle moats
• on wall walks or towers
• or behind roped areas as dragons never appear in these places.

(HINT: The baby dragons can’t fly very high yet so you will find them all hiding on ground level only!)

Download the app here – http://cadw.gov.wales/fun/livethelegends/can-you-catch-all-our-little-dragons/?lang=en

Find out about other activities with Welsh Heritage here – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/all-about/cadw