Win £100 voucher with new and updated digital history trail

Complete a digital history trail in Rushden to win £100 voucher for Italian restaurant 

Before the signs were installed

Before the signs were installed

With BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby

With BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby

‘All Aboard for Rushden’ is a new app that originally launched last year, but from 28 August, will present new and updated information. If visitors find all five points along the trail during the Nene Valley Festival, they can enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher for Pizza Venezia Italian restaurant in Rushden. The Nene Valley Festival celebrates the heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley and runs from 14 – 22 September.

We have worked with the University of Nottingham’s Computer Science department, Rushden Historical Transport Museum, Rushden Museum, the Greenway team, East Northamptonshire Council, Rushden Town Council, Destination Nene Valley, Screen Northants and Northampton University’s History department to create a new piece of technology that sets a challenge of finding a permanent trail of pieces of art along the Greenway.

By following the story of a mail bag accident on a local railway in 1911 and the imagined contents of the bag, visitors can work their way along the former rail line finding out more about Rushden’s history. Drawn by artist Michelle Barnett, the pieces of art depict cyclists on the Greenway with a traditional railway signal, bringing together the historic and current uses of the path.

This app is just one element of a wider piece of work to reinvigorate the Greenway in Rushden and encourage more people to walk or cycle between Rushden Lakes and the town centre and beyond into the landscape. Another programme of work in the Nenescape scheme, ‘Out to Water, Into History’, is led by East Northamptonshire Council and has breathed new life into the pathway, thanks to a fantastic mural in a tunnel, new benches, tree planting and litter clearance.

Thanks to National Lottery players through the Heritage Fund, the ‘All Aboard for Rushden’ app is now available on the Apple and Google Play stores. Visitors will be able to find the trail of art along the Greenway path between Crown Way and the High Street from 28 August, and the competition will be open for entries between 14 and 22 September.

Click here for prize draw terms and conditions and to find out more. See the very latest with our social media @nenescape. To find out more about the Nene Valley Festival, visit the new-look website at www.nenevalley.net.