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New app brings fun-filled giant adventure to life

One of the giant installations at The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman
One of the giant installations at The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman

A ground-breaking digitally-interactive trail was launched at The Alnwick Garden yesterday, as part of a new giant adventure.

The cutting-edge AR (augmented reality) experience encourages visitors to use a special app to discover virtual clues and objects around the attraction.

AR is an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are augmented by computer-generated perceptual information.

Leading AR developers, Peel Interactive, developed the app with The Garden.

To download the free app onto your phone, search for A Giant Adventure on the App Store before embarking on the giant trail, which features larger-than-life props.

Once downloaded, the app uses AR technology to trigger key points around The Garden that will activate once a phone is targeted on them, unlocking the fun content.

This includes a massive squirrel in the Treehouse, a large mouse scurrying out of a boot, a talking skull at the gateway to the Poison Garden and a giant taking a bath in the Grand Cascade.

The new app complements the giant trail, which was unveiled at The Garden in June. Gigantic installations include a massive mug, enormous bloomers and a bra hanging on a washing line, a colossal figure in the pond, a massive deck chair and a huge bottle of poison with bubbles coming out of the top.