Video: Awesome flight over a Minecraft version of Selby

Minecraft lovers are invited to explore the virtual world of Selby in a new city Minecraft map.

The visually stunning imaginative experience allows Minecrafters to experience the city in highly creative ways, including Selby Abbey, the market, Selby Park, Finkle Street and more. Feel what it’s like to fly to the towers of the Abbey, explore hidden stairways, travel up the river and cross the iconic toll bridge, then wander through the historic streets.

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

He is also known as the popular youtuber Wizard Keen.

The map is based on a previous Selby Minecraft world that focused primarily on the Abbey. Minecrafters can claim their own storyline on the new map where they can build their own creative ideas on what Selby could be like: past, present and future.

The innovative initiative is part of Selby Stories, the cultural program of the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone. Until 2023, special events and activities will celebrate the city, its history and what makes it unique.

The workshops will also aim to help as many people as possible experience the world of Selby in Minecraft. Online workshops on August 13 and 27 will allow Minecrafters to put their building skills to the test or just have fun creating within their own Minecraft plot. Everyone, including non-Minecrafters, is also welcome to a visiting day on Monday, August 22 at Selby Abbey from 10:00am to 3:00pm

There will be the chance to experience flying through the Minecraft map on a big screen, as well as tons of hands-on activities, including Minecraft skin design and Lego building. Wizard Keen will also give hourly talks on the creation of the world of Minecraft.

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

Adam Clarke explains:

“We had a lot of fun creating the world of Minecraft 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 created links with a lot of other things that happen in Selby. You can even find Selby Stories writer-in-residence Sarah Butler at her market stall and artist Serena Partridge’s tiny embroideries at Selby Abbey within the map.

“We are very excited to help people explore this virtual world and see how the ideas of the participants will shape new and exciting Minecraft adventures in the coming months.”

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

“This is an exciting way for youngsters to explore Selby’s history and legacy through the Minecraft universe.

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

Jane Jackson of Historic England said:

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

Details on how to access the Minecraft map, a digital flight, information on events and workshops are available at https://exploreheartofyorkshire.co.uk/things-to-do/selby-stories/

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