Will you Beat The Street? Challenge accepted!
Dust off your Challenge Anneka jumpsuit, grab the kids and play Wokingham's giant street game, Beat the Street. Take it outside and get competitive. It's game on.
One your marks, get set… BEEP! Slip into your Challenge Anneka jumpsuit, it’s time to get competitive. Beat the Street has arrived in Wokingham – turning the town into a giant interactive game until the 20 July. Are you game enough to play?
We may have been in some form of lockdown for 7,254,763 days and counting, the kids have binged on screen time, but this is your chance to hit the reset button, get outdoors, have some fun and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes. I can’t promise a helicopter or Soundman Dave to help you, but here’s the Muddy lowdown on how it works and more importantly how you’re gonna win.
WHAT IS IT?
Well, it’s a bit of FREE fun that gets you out of the house and exploring your local area. Beat the Street is a giant game covering a staggering 1,445 miles – and no you can’t whizz round in your car or in Anneka’s helicopter or beach buggy. In fact, anything with a motor in it, is cheating. So comfy shoes on because you’ll be getting around on your own steam. Walk, run, scoot or cycle, it’s up to you.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
First of all, get your mitts on a whizzy key fob or card. They’ll be handed out by schools, clubs or your can pick them up several places in the town centre. Next, create an account for each individual player, and join a team. There’s an individual and team leaderboard and the winners will be showered in riches.
Warning! This does not involve a screen. It’s good life gaming that’ll bring out your competitive spirit without frying your brain after staring three hours solid trying get Mario and friends to the next level or hunting down Pokémon. There are 73 Beat Boxes tied to posts all over Wokingham and the surrounding areas. Follow the map, beep the box, bank your points and head off to find another. It’s also a great opportunity to boot your family out of your house for hours. They’re getting fresh air and exercise and you can watch Schitts Creak again without having to hide in the bathroom. Everybody wins.
POINTS WIN PRIZES
It’ll be raining money (actually, vouchers) but.school and community teams can win up to £350 to spend on cool bits of kit and individual players will get their mitts on a ‘Lucky Box’. The mind boggles.
GREEN MEANS GO
Polish your halo, because this is play with purpose. A bit of exercise, shot of Vitamin D, mental health boost and (shhhh) by ditching the car you’ll reduce your emissions too. Make every journey count.
Obviously, you’re going to need to refuel. Plot your routes to ensure they pass a good pub or café. The Dog and Duck in Emmbrook isn’t too far from a Beat Box. In the town centre Sit & Sip Wokingham, Bar Fifty Six, Gail’s Bakery and the Blue Orchid Cafe are close to a cluster of boxes. There’s also cafe in California Park. Work smart, people.