Time Travellers of Cranborne Chase – A Brand New App!

Time Travellers of Cranborne Chase is an exciting new Augmented Reality App to help you delve into the secrets of the past, live now!

App screen shots


The Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership area is full of fascinating history, and our exciting, free new App will guide you through some of these amazing stories and intriguing historic sites from the past.

QR with molesJoin our two mole archaeologists, Archie and Olivia, as they guide you around these fascinating sites. Packed with additional information about local points of interest and fun facts for all ages, the App will help you find out more about the local area and help you easily explore and learn more about this amazing landscape.

Travelling back in time over thousands for years you’ll explore and discover the unique heritage and fascinating history of the area by meeting the famous, and sometime infamous, characters that have lived here in the past.

All you have to do is scan the QR code, download the App and start exploring. After you’ve downloaded the App Archie and Olivia will introduce themselves and explain how to use the App. Use the map to explore where the Augmented Reality sites are and then visit each location to immerse yourself in the experience.

If you have access to a WiFi network we recommend you go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Download all content’ before you start exploring.


Start exploring!

Meet the Neolithic farmers, a Bronze age horse warrior and Roman soldiers on Martin Down National Nature Reserve, experience Iron Age life at Winklebury Hillfort, immerse yourself in Iron Age and Romano-British village life at Woodcutts.



Meet Claudia Lucilla a Roman noblewoman in Wimborne and famous architect John Bastard in Blandford. Infamous 18th century smuggler Issac Gulliver will greet you as you enter the graveyard St Mary’s Church in Sixpenny Handley, while in Shaftesbury Thomas Hardy enthusiastically explains how the town influenced his novels.

Thomas Hardy

General Pitt Rivers, considered by many to be the father of modern archaeology, introduces you to his estate and to his archaeological work at Salisbury Museum and Larmer Tree Gardens, and John Bastard, architect and builder, explains Blandford Forum’s dramatic history and how it rose again from the flames.

Don’t forget to collect your Medallions

See these fascinating characters spring to life right before you and learn about their lives here on Cranborne  Chase, collecting the digital medallions as you go. In some locations, scan the medal with your smartphone to unlock the amazing AR experience.


The app is now available to download for free from the App store and the Google Play store – just search Cranborne Chase AR. This project was generously funded by Dorset LEADER and other partners.

Colour us in!

Download this fun colouring-in sheet for kids, featuring Archie, Olivia and some of other the characters from the App!


Funded by:

Dorset Leader logoThe European Agricultural Fund for Rural DevelopmentNorthern Dorset Local Action Group logoNew NLHF logoRushmore Estate logo