Chesterfield families encouraged to move as council supports local smartphone gaming – Destination Chesterfield
Through Josh Marais –
A new family game that aims to get people to explore Chesterfield – on foot or by bike – is supported as part of a Chesterfield City Council project.
TagTap JTH (Join The Hunt) is a free-to-play exploration game created by local family man Peter Hunt after he and his family enjoyed playing the popular Beat The Street game which took place in Chesterfield on last year.
Inspired by his ability to encourage people to get outside and move around the borough, the council has now partnered with the creator to support smartphone gaming as part of his Year of Outdoors project.
This means that as of July 17 there are 350 points around the Borough to check out, including in many fantastic parks and green spaces – expanding the game since its first tests in New and Old Whittington.
Health and Wellness Councilor Jill Mannion-Brunt said: “We are really excited to be working with Tag Tap to help bring this game to Chesterfield. It’s great to see the local people innovating with new ideas and it fits very well with our Year of Outdoors project, which encourages people to explore the great things that we have on our doorstep.
“We hope this game will help encourage everyone to get out there this summer and explore our beautiful borough – it’s a fantastic way to keep little ones entertained during the school holidays, but it’s also great fun to explore by yourself. “
Peter Hunt, the creator of TagTap JTH explained, “I first thought of TagTap JTH during lockdown as a fun way for my kids to get active, but also with the element of a clue or a question to find the next location as a sneaky way to incorporate some education. After setting up a little game in New and Old Whittington and inviting others to try it out, he really took a life of his own. We have had nothing but extremely positive feedback and everyone who plays it loves it.
“We have expanded the game to cover the whole of the Chesterfield area with over 350 tags, we hope this will give everyone, young and old, a chance to try their hand at the game and get active, especially after the Terrible 18 months we have had to endure. Our main goal is to make people active in a fun way, so let’s do it together, compete and win prizes. Best of all, free. “
The game has starting locations around the borough which you can find listed in the app. Just head over to one of those TagTaps and then with the app open on your phone tap on the point and you will be given clues to find the next location, solve the clues, and search for the next point.
There is a ranking of players and participants will need to find as many points as possible to be named TagTap Champion.
The game will run all year round, but the Championship will be limited in time, which means hunters will need to be quick to make their way through the leaderboards. There will also be a competition between schools later this year.
To learn more about TagTap JTH and download the apps for free to start playing by visiting: https://tagtap.co.uk/
The Chesterfield Year of the Outdoors encourages residents and visitors to explore Chesterfield’s parks and open spaces by offering a range of free or low-cost ideas and activities to get involved. For more information on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/year-of-outdoors
To find out more about all the big local events taking place in Chesterfield this summer, visit: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/summer/