Update: Now available in the OS Shop
It’s been almost a year since we created a series of downloadable colouring-in maps, and we’re thrilled to be able to tell you that there’s a book of OS maps to colour being released this autumn. We teamed up with Laurence King Publishing to work on the new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain.
The book will take you on an immersive colouring-in journey around Great Britain, from the coasts and forests to our towns and countryside. Expect to see iconic cities, recognisable tourist spots and historical locations across England, Scotland and Wales via the 55 illustrations. The Great British Colouring Map also includes a stunning gatefold of London. We can’t wait to share it with you – it will be on shelves in October.
Why colouring in?
The colouring trend has exploded over the last 18 months, with Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden (published by Laurence King) leading the way. With technology and social media meaning we’re all available 24/7 and spending hours looking at screens, some time out spent colouring in can be hugely beneficial.
The growth in mindfulness and relaxation has seen people of all ages taking to colouring. Some say that symmetry and heavily patterned images are more appealing to the brain, and it was this that started us thinking about colouring in maps last year.
We customised some extracts of our OS OpenData products to create a perfect adult colouring in environment. From the regimented layout of Milton Keynes to the curves of the River Thames through London, we picked a range of areas around Britain.
For the new book, we’ve used a range of products, but until we can share it with you, why not download our existing sheets?
Watch this space for more news about The Great British Colouring Map…