Trails of Discovery

The Arts Society Isle of Man began to produce Trails of Discovery in 2008 Until recently the Arts Society produced only trails for children around churches. These were known as Church Trails but the idea has been extended as described below. We compiled our first trail at the Royal Chapel of St. John’s, which has since been successfully used by groups of children and adults. In 2011 we produced a second Trail for St Thomas’s Church in Douglas. The Society is seeking volunteers to continue this work and to produce our first Town Trail or Memory Trail with support from our head office.


The Arts Society Trails of Discovery are for children age 8 - 12 years old and guides them around a place of worship or historic building looking at art, artefacts, architecture, and history. A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults. Our Children's Trails prompt young people to enjoy the stories behind their local landmarks. It is wonderful to see children's curiosity come to light.


The aim is to encourage children to explore an area looking at art, architecture and local history, broadening their knowledge and providing an enjoyable experience. This type of trail does not have an answer sheet, all the answers can be found by looking at information en route.


Memory Trails are for people living with dementia and created with the help of Psychiatric and Dementia professionals. The trail takes the person living with dementia and their family or carer around the church or building looking and touching objects, evoking memories and prompting conversation.

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