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Summer fun with Kent & Sussex history book


Please find below, a media release about Quiz Trail - a booklet that takes you on an interesting historical walkabout in Kent and Sussex towns.
It might make an interesting piece for you as we head into summer (things to do), a piece on history, business, family etc. (it was created during the pandemic by an amateur historian).

It's popular with families, retirees have been a big buying group and we are keen also, to make sure that people with disabilities know that they have been designed with accessibility in mind by the author who has first-hand experience and had tried and tested the routes.

There are various assets in this link below - see editor's notes for what I have sent:

If you need anything else, do let me know.
If you would like to try a trail, you are welcome to - all details are in the editor's notes.

Best wishes,

Sarah Hawes
Izzy PR
07748 631100


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DATE: Monday 11thJuly, 2022




If you've ever wandered round anywhere and wondered what a building used to be, if it's famous for anything or home to someone well-known from history, a new historical quiz trail is for you.

Developed by local Liz Foster, Quiz Trail is a printed booklet showing a circular self-guided trail aimed at sharing interesting history about Kent and Sussex towns.
With time on her hands during the pandemic, Liz created the first one all about Rochester, finally being able to put into place her lifelong passion for local history. She put all her new-found free time to good use researching her local area and decided to share some of the quirky things she found out, with others.

History made easy, on the move
They're written in an easy to read magazine style, bringing to life days gone by and stepping you into the shoes of those who used to live there through fun and interesting storytelling.
Perfect for summer days out - and it won't cost the earth; each trail is priced from £4  £5.99 (newer ones are at a higher rate to reflect increased printing costs)

One of the Rochester booklet's facts is that Henry VIII met his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves in Rochester.
Find out about Canterbury's famous visitors, Herne Bay's Big Freeze, links to prime ministers, Charles Dickens' Kent, more royal connections, the origin of the sandwich and an elephant at a harbour. George Orwell's undercover trip to Kent dressed as a tramp, to get into a workhouse, and wartime legacies.

The trail asks you to look up and across the street, to spot different pieces of architecture that tell you something about the history of the town.

Quiz Trail takes you on an accessible walking route, where you can find the answers to the questions as you go - in the architecture, historical legacies and street names.
You'll be told to look up a street, down an alley or across the road, when usually you might simply look straight ahead.

Summer fun
Liz's daughters Becky and Laura Sims were keen to help their Mum in creating the Quiz Trail, as exploring and being out walking has been something they've always enjoyed together, so they've all been working together to research and come up with the trails, stories and facts.

People are taken on a route around the town, with information for children aged fiveand up, plus some more in-depth information for the grown-ups too. Liz, Becky and Laura wanted to make sure it was an activity that all ages can enjoy together - families with younger children through to active retired. It's been popular with grandparents to do with their grandchildren.

One of their priorities was to make the routes accessible for wheels - buggies, prams and wheelchairs. Liz and her girls had a very close family member who was a wheelchair user and so not only did Liz have the understanding of what routes areactually accessible, but also experience of the frustration of not being able to take part because it wasn't.
All quiz trails have detailed explanations on the website of the route.

Liz said:"The brochures were developed from my love of local history. When I moved to Rochester, I went and found out lots about it and with so much interesting stuff to know, I thought I can't be the only one who would find it interesting! Once I'd started I couldn't stop as Kent history is so fascinating and we now have fourteen Quiz Trails!

"When the girls were young, we did what most of us do - have a day trip somewhere, walk around the middle popular bit, have something to eat and drink, get an ice cream and go home all having had a lovely day out.

But we went home not knowing very much about the place we'd just visited. Who were the people of the past? What were the town stories? What went on there? Who was misbehaving?!

"History can be known for being boring and so the challenge I set myself was to find an exciting way to get it all across and that's when we came up with the circular route, quiz and booklet combo.

"The walking quiz trail can be a quick whizz about or a slow meander; you could even do it a bit at a time - useful in the UK where a downpour is never far away!

"People who live in the town might learn something new, families can have a fairly cheap and fun day out together and visitors can learn some really interesting things about the buildings they walk past on their travels.
"A walk around a town is so much more fun when you're looking for clues and could win a prize at the end!
"And they are all accessible - tried and tested because we don't want anyone to be excluded from the fun.
"With everything being so expensive, our little booklets might provide an inexpensive but wonderful day out, giving people a reason to go out, get some fresh air, exercising their bodies and brains at the same time!
"Great for families and great for visitors - you could even take them on a trail you've already done to show off how much you know, stopping for some lovely eats and treats along the way."

Win a prize 
The Quiz Trails include questions for children and adults and once you've finished and collected all the clues, you can enter a prize draw to be in with the chance of winning a prize!

Trails are from 1-2 miles and take 1-2 hours, or more if you stop lots.

There are now 15 trails written for Kentish towns:
Deal & Walmer
Herne Bay
Royal Tunbridge Wells
West Malling

Liz has also strayed over the border into East Sussex with her Rye and Eastbourne Quiz Trails.

Quiz Trail is available to buy online, or from a local shop - all listed on the website.




Images sent with this release are for use with this story only. Future and further use will require permission from Sarah Hawes:
07748 631100

Images are all attached in this link:
1: Booklet front covers - all areas
2:Family photo: L-R:  Liz Foster | Laura Sims | Becky Sims
3: Quiz Trail logo
4. Pages from the book
5. Short video showing the books (to show you, rather than to be published)
6. Word document with a selection of historical facts taken from each book.

Journalists are welcome to try a Quiz Trail for free.
Please let Sarah Hawes know which you would like and it can be posted to you - please supply your address.
Editorial would be appreciated in return, but if you would simply like to try it with your friends and/or family, we'd be delighted to give you a little freebie; and if you like it, please tell others via word of mouth, leave a review or pop it onto your socials.