Map out family fun with trails

YOUNG EXPLORERS: Under 7s winner Abe Maddocks, three, with his sister Grace, five, on the Port St Mary trail

YOUNG EXPLORERS: Under 7s winner Abe Maddocks, three, with his sister Grace, five, on the Port St Mary trail

THE whole family can rediscover the island with Manx Activity Trails (MATs) this half term.

MATs Maps are a brand new way of discovering, exploring and enjoying our beautiful Isle of Man. 

Created by Sharon Corris, of Douglas, this range of innovative maps for walking and driving expeditions around the island also include fun questions for everyone to answer, similar to a treasure hunt.

Sharon explained: ‘The walking trails are about two miles long and are suitable for all ages and abilities, so are a fun and affordable local activity. 

‘They are a fantastic excuse for a get-together with the whole family, friends or colleagues and an excellent way to get some fresh air and fun.  Showing off the best of the island, they are ideal for residents, regular holidaymakers and first time visitors. Plus the two driving trails take you around all 24 Millennium Stones. Have you seen them all?’

Over the festive period MATs Maps created a Christmas Trail and hosted a competition to help keep the children occupied over the school holiday. The competition ran alongside the walking trails and encouraged kids to find colourful festive-themed clues that were randomly placed around each of the four walking trails in Port St Mary, Ramsey, Douglas and Peel. The winner of the Under 7’s category was Abe Maddocks, who did the Port St Mary Trail with his family.  And the winner of the Over 7’s was Matilda Clague, who did both the Ramsey and Douglas Trails with her family. 

Both winners received a digital camera, so they can record their future Manx adventures. Another competition is planned for Easter.

MATS Maps can be bought in island shops (including WH Smith in Douglas and Presence of Mann in Laxey) and online at matsmaps.com They cost £5.99/£6.99. Bespoke trails can be created for birthday parties, school trips, and other special family days out. Call 466269 or email sharon@matsmaps.com for more details. 




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