A stunning 360° video capturing the sun setting at Tintern Abbey has been released today (18 August 2016) by the Welsh Government, also marking the arrival of Visit Wales’s EPIC art installation to the stunning historic site.
Part of a social media series, aptly named Epic Moments, the 60 second video, filmed as an evening to night time-lapse at the abbey, aims to showcase the iconic site in a new and imaginative way.
The short film, created by Cadw, gives viewers an immersive experience, allowing them to have control over what they see using virtual reality headsets or low-cost technology such as Google Cardboard.
Viewers can also navigate using a mouse on their computer, or by tilting and panning a mobile or tablet device, to view the site in full 360°.
Visitors to Tintern Abbey will even be able to catch a glimpse of the giant mirrored letters forming the word EPIC that have been travelling around Wales this summer. Reaching four metres high and 11 metres wide, the public will be able to see them at Tintern until 25th August.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: “We are always exploring new and innovative ways to show off our historic sites and following the overwhelming response to our recent projects we wanted to create something truly epic during Wales’s Year of Adventure.
“This video is the first time that Cadw has used 360° technology to showcase a site and it demonstrates how we’re continually applying new digital tools and techniques to reach wider audiences.
“It’s incredible to think someone living thousands of miles away will be able to enjoy the sensation of watching the sunset at a truly beautiful site like Tintern Abbey.”
Epic Moments forms part of the Welsh Government’s Historic Adventures summer campaign, which brings visitors never-seen-before experiences at Cadw sites during Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure.
The campaign will see Cadw’s now-famous dragon tour the country as families enjoy various dragon-related activities at more than 30 of Wales’s historic sites this summer, from dragon quest trails to dragon-themed storytelling sessions.
Other summer highlights include the return of Cadw’s hugely popular ‘Create with Cadw’ Lego and Minecraft workshops, offering visitors the chance to create 3D Lego dragons at Caerphilly Castle and Caernarfon Castle during July and August. Tickets available here.
Visitors to Cadw sites are being encouraged to share their adventurous experiences on social media by using the hashtag #HistoricAdventures.