Shields raised by dragon defenders

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Angus children will join the Dragon Protection League in preparation for the mystical wonders of Dragon Matrix at ANGUSalive’s Monikie Country Park.

The augmented reality light show will illuminate the park at Monikie from Wednesday, October 5 to Monday, October 31.

But before the dragons and a host of other magical creatures materialise in the woods, primary school age children will be creating their own shields, bearing bespoke coat of arms, at a series of craft workshops.

Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive said: “We are inviting Angus children to join in a series of free craft workshops and other dragon-themed events that we are holding in our facilities and country parks during the October school holidays.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children to harness their creativity and explore the outdoors while getting involved in the magical world of Dragon Matrix.”

The craft challenge will encourage children to research heraldic shields and then create their own shield design, incorporating their family name, a personal motto and emblems, as well as shapes and colours that mean something to them. Their workshop creations can also be entered into a competition, which will be judged at Monikie Country Park in late October.

As well as creating their own heraldic shields, children will also be able to make their own Lego dragons at the workshops, which have been made possible by a grant from Angus Council’s Focus Years Fund.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s Communities vice-convener, said: “Angus is again delighted to support this event. Our country parks are fantastic all-year-round assets. Making use of their atmospheric splendour for this month-long night-time spectacular is a wonderful addition to the must-do list in Angus this autumn.

“I’m particularly delighted to see a range of activities for our children and families. Monikie and Dragon Matrix will certainly be on my list of places to be in October. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than last year.”

Symon Macintyre, artistic director of Vision Mechanics, who created Dragon Matrix, explained: “By coming along to Dragon Matrix, visitors will become members of the Dragon Protection League.

“Although dragons are not intentionally dangerous, they are huge and can breathe fire. We are therefore encouraging local children to make their own special shield to protect themselves should they encounter a fire-breathing situation!”

Tickets for Dragon Matrix are on sale via tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath.

Visitors are encouraged to download the ‘Dragon Matrix’ App prior to their visit. By doing so, they will discover 20 amazing virtual creatures within the woods.

Once at Monikie they can embark on a quest to track six dragon stones stolen from the Museum of Dragons, a brand new fantastical installation located in the woods of Monikie for the event (except 10, 17 and 24 October). To download Android and Apple apps, visit: http://dragonmatrix.org.uk.

You can also try the White Dragon and Red Dragon orienteering trails at ANGUSalive’s Crombie Country Park, or get involved in a Geocache treasure hunt at Forfar Loch, Monikie and Crombie during Dragon Matrix to unearth hidden dragon-themed caches as you explore the Country Parks. To download the Geocache app visit: https://www.geocaching.com/play.

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To book the ANGUSalive October Holiday Activities: http://archive.angus.gov.uk/leisureaa/pdfs/OctoberHolidayProgramme2016.pdf