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Family activity trails & discovery maps

We work closely with learning teams to create illustrated activity trails for children and families looking to explore and engage
with museum collections, heritage sites and visitor attractions.
• Bold designs, inspiring text and family-friendly illustrations bring stories of the past to life
• Interactive picture maps take families on a pathway of discovery through museum galleries and around outdoor sites
• Trails feature an exciting mix of activities to make finding out fun
• Imaginative, folded-paper formats for professional printing, self-printing or digital download
• Meaningful trail rewards including: character stickers, badges, souvenir postcards, colouring papercraft sheets
• We are happy to work with clients both near and far!

Fold-out activity trail booklets with picture maps

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Wakefield Museums Pontefract Castle

Castle history family trail map with fill-in activities and outdoor games
Fortress, Palace, Prison and Pleasure Gardens  Wakefield Museums: Pontefract Castle

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage Pendennis Castle

Tudor and WWII gunners activity trail and family spotter's map
Pendennis Castle Through the Ages  English Heritage: Pendennis Castle

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map St Albans Museum & Gallery
Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Reward Postcards St Albans Museum & Gallery

Local museum family trail with town heritage map, plus trail reward postcards
People and Places of St Albans' Past  St Albans Museums

"Working with Jane and Steph from Blackbird Publishing has been a wonderful experience. They are not simply designers and illustrators fulfilling our brief; they consistently bring their creativity and generosity to the table, sharing their thoughts and ideas honestly and constructively. This has ensured we have created new resources together that are meticulously detailed and truely thoughtful. Together we have entirely revamped and reworked our trails for schools and families at both museums in St Albans; in one case securing sponsorship thanks to the high calibre of the illustrations and copy writing. Long may our professional relationship and friendship continue!"

The Learning and Interpretation Officer  St Albans Museums

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Crossness Pumping Station

Victorian steam-powered sewage pumping station family trail with discovery map
Crossness Pumping Station Activity Trail  Crossness Engines Trust

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Verulamium Museum

Roman museum activity trail and parkland map for schools and families
Discovering Roman Verulamium   St Albans Museums

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trail Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

Medieval fortress game booklet with clue map and badge rewards
 Story Scramble: Unrest at the Tower  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage Battle

Historic battlefield spotter's map and colouring activity trail
Battlefield 1066: Know the Normans & Spot the Saxons  English Heritage: Battle Abbey & Battlefield

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage  Castle Acre Priory & Village

Medieval priory and castle activity trail with village map
Follow in the Footsteps of Medieval Monks  English Heritage: Castle Acre Priory

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Pontefact Market Place

Historic market place family spotters' town trail
Take a Stroll through Pontefract's Past  Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

Commemorative logbook and explorer map for family visitors to the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation
Soldier's Small Book: Remembering the First World War  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Children's activity trails in exciting smaller formats

Blackbird Publishing HRP Tower of London Fates & Fortunes family activity trail Fortune teller game

Hands-on fortune teller game for families to predict the fates of Tudor women prisoners held at the Tower
Fates & Fortunes  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Salford Museum & Art Gallery visitor picture map

Visitor friendly picture map of permanent and temporary museum and gallery spaces
Museum Map  Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Activity Leaflet HRP Tower of London

Prison escape plan challenge for family visitors with success or failure reward stickers
Escape from the Tower  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Activity Leaflet Dunfermline Heritage Quarter Explorer Past-port

Local heritage site explorer map and stamp collection booklet for hands-on activities 
Dunfermline Heritage Quarter Explorer Past-port  Historic Environment Scotland: Dunfermline Abbey Nave & Palace,
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Activity Leaflet Royal Cornwall Museum

Local history fill-in activity trail
From Mighty Giants to Golden Treasures  Royal Cornwall Museum

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Lift-the-flap Activity Game Leaflet Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

World War-themed family activity game with lift-the-flap clues
The Tower at War  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails  Fold-out  Leaflet Verulamium Museum

Roman museum exhibit hunt
Tessa Wheeler's Top Ten Verulamium Treasures  St Albans Museums

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Picture  Map Leaflet Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

Tower family explorer map following the story of famous prisoners
Walter Raleigh at the Tower  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Pull-out Timeline Wakefield Museums

Museum timeline of key exhibits and family activity trail
Timeline of the Extraordinary  Wakefield Museums

 "My children really enjoyed looking for the objects. It provided entertainment for at least an hour as they were spotting other things they found interesting that they may not have otherwise seen."

Family visitors to Wakefield Museum

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

An interactive family quest to train to be a medieval knight
Knight of the Tower  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fill-in Cards Historic Royal Palaces Kensington Palace

Fill-in activity cards with spotting challenges and an invitation to design your own royal outfit
Fashion Rules & Palace Explorers  Historic Royal Palaces: Kensington Palace

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fill-in Booklet with Cut-out game Cards Historic Royal Palaces Hampton Court Palace

Georgian medical mission activity booklet, plus a fun Kill or Cure? card quiz game
The Royal Physician's Notebook  Historic Royal Palaces: Hampton Court Palace

Interpretation panels

Blackbird Publishing Family  Interpretation Town Panels  Pontefract Historic Market Place

Family-friendly picture maps and historical scenes of Pontefract's ancient market place
Town centre historical interpretation lecterns  Pontefract Town Heritage Initiative

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