23 Sep ‘22 -
02 Oct ‘22
Friday 23rd September - Sunday 2nd October (Closed 29th September)

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, SE1 8XR

StoryTrails is a unique immersive storytelling experience, where untold stories from the past are brought to life through the magic of the 3D internet using augmented and virtual reality to reanimate public spaces in towns and cities across the UK.

StoryFutures Academy is the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling and at the forefront of training and up-skilling creative media professionals in the use of the next generation of storytelling tools. It is run by Royal Holloway, University of London and the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

StoryTrails at BFI IMAX will be the first time the hundreds of different stories and experiences created for the StoryTrails UK tour will be showcased together in one place.

In the BFI IMAX foyer and available for free audiences will be able to participate in virtual reality experiences and documentaries, they can watch a cycloramic cinema screen showcasing immersive emotional maps of each of the 15 StoryTrails towns and cities.

Audiences can also access augmented reality story trails and experiences via smartphones and iPads allowing audiences the opportunity to explore hundreds of local stories from 15 towns and cities across the UK, including London. These digital experiences have been created using film and television archive from the BFI, BBC and national and regional archives to present a unique and magical window into the past.

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For help installing and using our app, visit the AR Installation Guide by clicking here.


Opening Times:
23 September to 2 October
2pm-9pm (except 2 October 1-4pm)
(Closed 29 September)
Header photo credit: Ocean Outdoor

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