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Your Town Rocks!

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Yes it really does, and no it’s not a new music festival touring the UK.  This is the latest craze to sweep across the country and unlike many previous crazes it’s free and the whole family can enjoy it together. Not only that it, but it gets everyone out in the fresh air getting some exercise and it’s bringing communities together.

The idea is very simple – search for hidden painted rocks and rehide them somewhere else, paint your own rocks and hide them for others to find.

Rocks are being hidden in parks, commons, playground and high streets across the country and community Facebook groups are popping up all over the place to support the activity, enabling people to post about where they’ve hidden and where they’ve found them.

You can just look for the rocks and re-hide them, but if you want to get more involved and paint your own rocks to hide then the internet is not short of inspiration should you need it! You can use water-based paint, acrylics or markers. Include some details on the back of the rock to indicate where the rock has come from, perhaps pointing people to your group’s facebook page if there is one (and if there isn’t why not start one?) and instructing people to rehide it somewhere else.

One crucial aspect of the decorating process is ensuring that your rock will stand the test of time and the elements and that means sealing the rock.  Again there’s lots of guidance to be found online but it’s best to use a sealer that’s suitable for outdoors.

There are a few simple rules to ensure everyone’s enjoyment – don’t hide rocks where they might get in the way of a lawn mower, don’t leave them on private property, don’t leave them where people might trip over them and don’t hide them where people will have to climb to find them.

And most of important of all have fun – create, hide, find others, hide again and see how far your rocks travel!

To help you get started here’s some Facebook groups we found for towns and areas around the country that are painting and hiding. We’ve listed them alphabetically by town/area. Get in touch if you’d like us to add your group…

Abbots Langley Rocks
Ashford Middx Happy Stones (Ashford Rocks)

Ashford Painted Rocks
Barton upon Humber Rocks
Bedford Rocks
Berko Rocks
Beverley Rocks
Bexley Painted Rocks
BH_Rocks
Biggleswade Rocks
Billericay Rocks
Bishops Stortford Rocks
Bishopthorpe Rocks
Borough Green “Rocks”
Bournemouth Rocks
Bracknell Rocks
Love on the Rocks – Braintree UK
Brentwood Rocks (U.K)
Bridlington Rocks
Brigg Rocks
Bristol Rocks
Bucks Rocks
Bury St Edmunds Rocks UK
Byfleet Rocks!
Caister Rocks UK
Caergwrle, Hope & Abermorddu Rocks
Calderdale Rocks
Cambridge Rocks UK
Love on the Rocks Canvey Island
Chelmsford Rocks!
Chesham Rocks
Chorleywood Rocks
Colchester Rocks UK
Coningsby and Tattershall Rocks!
Channel Rocks (Kent)
Cippenham Rocks
Dartford Painted Rocks
Derbyshire Rocks
Devon Rocks and Stones
Driffield Rocks
Love on the Rocks Enfield
Ealing Rock Hunters
Egham Rocks
Essex Rocks
Fairfield UK Rocks!
Forest of Dean Rocks UK
Gillingham Rocks
Gravesend Rocks
Love on the Rocks – Greenhithe
Guildford’s Hidden Rocks
Harpenden Rocks UK
Hartlepool Rocks
Harwich Rocks
Love on the Rocks Hatfield
Haverhill Rocks UK
Hedon Rocks
Hemel Hempstead Rocks (#HemelRocks)
Hertford and Ware Rocks #HAWRocks
Herts Kindness Rocks
Hessle Rocks
Hither Green Rocks
Hornsea Rocks
Joydens Wood Painted Rocks
Kent Rocks
Kings Langley Rocks
Langley Rocks
LGC Rocks (Letchworth Garden City)
Lightwater Rocks
Longhill Rocks
Lordswood Rocks
Maidstone Rocks
Markyate Rocks
Marlow Rocks! UK
Mersea Rocks
Love Rocks – MK
Love Rocks Molesey
New Haw Rocks
Northampton Rocks
Northamptonshire Rocks
Northumberland Rocks
Notts Rocks (Nottinghamshire Rocks)
Nunhead Rocks!
Orpington Rocks
Ottershaw Rocks!
Plumstead & Greenwich Boroughs Painted Rocks
Portmouth Rocks UK
Rainham Rocks
Rochester/Strood Love Rocks
Romsey Rainbow Rocks
Sandy Rocks UK
Sheffield UK Rocks
Sheppey Rocks
Shoreham Rocks
Shropshire Rocks
Sittingbourne Rocks
South Cave Rocks
South Oxhey Rocks!
Spotted in Ely Rocks
St Albans Rocks UK
Staines Rocks
Stanstead Abbotts Rocks UK
Stevenage Rocks
Stotfold Rocks
Suffolk Rocks
Surrey Rocks!
Rainbow Rocks Surrey
Sutton Coldfield Smilestones
St Neots “Rocks”
Swanley Rocks
Thamesmead Painted Rocks
Thurrock Rocks
Toddington Rocks
Love on the Rocks Tonbridge
Love on the Rocks Towcester
Ware Rocks #warerocks
Washington Rocks (Tyne & Wear)
Watford Rocks UK
Welwyn Garden City ‘Rocks’ #WGCRocks
Wendover Rocks UK
West Wickahm Rocks
Wheathampstead Rocks
Whitstable Rocks UK
Wickford Rocks
Withernsea Rocks
Woking Rocks
Wombourne Rocks

 

 

 

 

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