On Sunday July 31st, Ashridge played host to an international mega event, which was expected to attract some one thousand visitors.
GEOLYMPIX 2016 was organised to coincide with the Olympic games, and was last arranged in 2012. A summer festival celebrating geocaching – the world’s largest treasure hunt for competitors looking for hidden plastic containers, using G.P.S.
National awards were given for over ten categories of caching, including a night time event. Ashridge is home to England’s oldest “cache”, along with the one at Combe Hill in Buckinghamshire. A long day was in prospect for the attendees, with a poetry competition, and a film festival at the Visitor Centre, culminating with a sunset event from Ivinghoe Beacon.