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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 already painting and hiding…

Barton upon Humber Rocks
Beverley Rocks
Bishopthorpe Rocks
Bournemouth Rocks
Bridlington Rocks
Brigg Rocks
Caister Rocks UK
Caergwrle, Hope & Abermorddu Rocks
Coningsby and Tattershall Rocks!
Driffield Rocks
Ealing Rock Hunters
Harpenden Rocks UK
Hartlepool Rocks
Harwich Rocks
Hedon Rocks
Hessle Rocks
Hornsea Rocks
Longhill Rocks
Mersea Rocks
Northumberland Rocks
Romsey Rainbow Rocks
Shropshire Rocks
South Cave Rocks
St Albans Rocks UK
Washington Rocks (Tyne & Wear)
Welwyn Garden City ‘Rocks’ #WGCRocks
Wombourne Rocks
Withernsea Rocks

If your town has a group and it’s not listed here let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

 

 

 

 

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