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Fun children’s trails launched in time for school holidays linking Horsham Town Centre and Horsham Park

Horsham’s vibrant new look for the walk way, linking Horsham Town Centre and Horsham Park at Albion Way, celebrated an official opening last month, and is now the inspiration for some new children’s trails.
The walk way’s new illustrative panelling shows spring and summer time activities in the town and park, introducing a family of animal characters which are being referred to as ‘The Townies and The Parkies’.

The children’s trails, which feature 21 of the animal characters, will start on 25 May – just in time for the school spring half-term holidays – and will promote the linkage between these two popular areas of Horsham.

The trails will see the first set of the animal characters ‘The Townies’ on separate named plaques around the park, and ‘The Parkies’ characters featured on named stickers inside shop windows, mostly around the east side of Horsham Town Centre. Children (accompanied by adults) are invited to explore the park and town centre, to help find and note down as many animal names as possible on their trail guides just for fun.

The illustrations were created by Katie Wells, a local illustrator living and working in Wisborough Green, West Sussex. She graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in Graphic Communications. Previously, Katie studied at Collyer’s College in Horsham. Katie’s inspiration often comes from the surrounding countryside of the South Downs National Park. Katie’s work often features woodland and farm animals usually dressed in little clothes, her illustrations are created using pen and watercolour.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen, commented on the new trail: “I am delighted that, as the district approaches its Year of Culture celebrations, we are reaching out to our younger people and encouraging them to discover our unique town centre and park, whilst engaging with the work of this talented local artist.

“I would encourage as many of you as possible to come along with your families and take part in the trail!”

Downloadable trail guides can be found via the web address: www.towniesandparkies.info and hard copies can be found in Parkside Council Offices, Horsham Library, and Waterstones.

Watch this space for further exciting news about the Townies and the Parkies, as they continue their adventures in the community.

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