Cotswold Farm Park welcomes new 'virtual' rare breed sheep
Cotswold Farm Park has welcomed popular interactive video game star and time-traveling hero ‘Quantum Sheep’ to their attraction, to help teach children about the history of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
‘Quantum Sheep and the Wonderful Wolds’, specially commissioned by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, is designed to introduce the concept of landscape change over time to primary school children in a fun and interactive way. The game’s hero, Quantum Sheep, takes youngsters on a journey through four eras - Iron Age, Roman, Medieval and Victorian. Along the way he encounters many natural wonders of the Cotswolds including over 40 species of plants and animals, as well as historic features such as the Rollright Stones.
Primary school teachers visiting the Farm Park have the opportunity to use the game as an aid for pupils studying History and Geography at Key Stage 2. An accompanying lesson planning pack enables school groups to take full advantage of opportunities available.
Andy Cole, Manager at Cotswold Farm Park said: “We are delighted to have the kiosk here at the Cotswold Farm Park we feel it highlights the Farm Parks main aims of conservation and education in a fun and interactive way.”
The game is housed in a self-contained kiosk, another one of which is located at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.
Notes to editors:
- ‘Quantum Sheep and the Wonderful Wolds’ was created with the help of The Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Cotswolds Conservation Board’s ‘Caring for the Cotswolds’ project.
- Cotswold Farm Park is open daily from March to October 10.30-5pm
- The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
- The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
- With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 47 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.