How to get to know somewhere new

While we’ve been travelling around the country this year, we’ve tried to explore an area as much as possible and seek out opportunities to learn about and from whatever it has to offer.

Whilst staying in Minehead, we visited the nearby harbour town of Watchet. Rather than wander around aimlessly admiring the views we turned our visit into a treasure trail. This involved us pairing up (one adult and one child). Each pair then had to get photographic evidence of a list of pre-determined items such as: something old, something new, a hidden secret / gem, something surprising, something traditional, biggest thing, smallest thing. What was interesting was that as we explored the town, looking for the items on the list, our focus made us much more observant; we spotted details we probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. We also interacted with the local people, asking questions about their town and getting an insight into places such as “hidden gems” that we would not have known about.

At the end of our time in Watchett we compared notes and talked through the photographs we’d taken. It was a great way to get to know somewhere new.