Minecrafters are invited to explore the virtual world of Selby in a brand new Minecraft map of the town.

The visually stunning imaginative experience enables Minecrafters to experience the town in highly creative ways including Selby Abbey, the market, Selby Park, Finkle Street and more. Feel what it’s like to fly into the Abbey’s towers, explore hidden staircases, travel up the river Ouse and across the landmark toll bridge and then wander round the historic streets.

This latest map has been created by professional Minecraft artist and digital noodler Adam Clarke from The Common People.

He’s also known as popular youtuber Wizard Keen.

The map builds on a previous Selby Minecraft world that focused mainly on the Abbey. Minecrafters can claim their own plot on the new map where they can build their own creative ideas for what Selby might be like – past, present and future.

The innovative initiative is part of Selby Stories – the cultural programme for the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone. Running until 2023, special events and activities will celebrate the town, its history and what makes it unique.

Workshops will also aim to help as many people as possible experience the world of Selby in Minecraft. Online workshops on 13 and 27 August will enable Minecrafters to test their building skills or just have fun creating within their own Minecraft plot. Everyone, including non-Minecrafters, is also welcomed to a drop-in day on Monday 22 August at Selby Abbey from 10am to 3pm.

There will be the chance to experience a fly through of the Minecraft map on a big screen as well as tons of hands-on activities including designing Minecraft skins and building with lego. Wizard Keen will also give hourly chats about the creation of the Minecraft world.

Adam and the Selby Stories team will be seeking ideas for how the map can be developed and explored in different ways over the coming months.

Adam Clarke explains: 

“We’ve had great fun creating the Minecraft world and it’s a wonderful way for people of all ages to let their imaginations run wild and explore Selby in new and different ways.

“We’ve made links to lots of other things happening in Selby. You can even find the Selby Stories writer in residence Sarah Butler, on her market stall and the tiny embroideries in Selby Abbey by artist Serena Partridge within the map.

“We’re really excited about helping people explore this virtual world and seeing how participants’ ideas will shape new and exciting Minecraft adventures over the months ahead.”

Cllr Tim Grogan, Lead Executive Member for Health and Culture at Selby District Council adds: 

“This is an exciting way to get young people to explore the history and heritage of Selby through the Minecraft universe.

“The first sessions, which took place last year, were hugely popular and these latest workshops will quite literally build on their success! It also highlights how the Selby’s High Street Heritage Action Zone is celebrating the town and delivering vibrant activities for local people.”

Jane Jackson, from Historic England, said:  

“This is a fantastic, imaginative way for people of all ages to explore Selby for themselves. It’s a great example of the innovative way that the High Street Heritage Action Zone is helping to celebrate the rich history of the town and spark interest in its heritage in many different, innovative ways.”

Details of how to access the Minecraft map, a digital fly through, event and workshop information is available at https://exploreheartofyorkshire.co.uk/things-to-do/selby-stories/


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