Give us a Clue: Explore more with Treasure Trails
Do you ever drive past a town and think "I would love to visit there", but then reality kicks in? It’s pretty likely the kids will be bored and be desperate to get back to the car before you’ve barely stepped out of it, with chimes of the typical ‘my legs hurt’ or ‘are we done now?’.
My tribe are fairly well acclimatised to exploring and can often be found pretending to be knights doing battle at a castle or having stick fights in the forest, but if you tell them you are visiting a town, the look on their faces says it all.
Luckily, Treasure Trails came to the rescue this weekend, providing an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk – something we were happy to put to the test!
I have always wanted to visit Wells in Somerset, England's smallest city and where they shot the film Hot Fuzz, and here was my chance to take the kids along too.
Trails can be bought, downloaded and printed at any time, day or night, or if you have a bit more time you can get a personalised one posted out to you which is perfect as an inexpensive gift for the person that has everything.
The great thing about Treasure Trails is you don't need to know the area you are exploring; you don't need a map and the directions are in the trail which will lead you from start to finish.
We had to solve the mystery of a Market Trader's murder in a whodunnit style mystery, by finding names and dates along the route. This took us all around Wells in order to cross off suspects and weapons from the gallery. Some of the clues were easy to find and others more difficult, but the trail made you really look around and take in all the little things that you would probably walk past without noticing.
The murder mystery trails are one of three themes, so in other locations you might find yourself looking for long-lost treasure on a classic Treasure Hunt, or solving clues to find a four-digit deactivation code on your very own Spy Trail. The trails are aimed at children age 6+ and are perfect to help develop their reading and reasoning skills.
Eliza (6) took the lead with the booklet and read all the clues and directions, getting help from Isaac (9) or me if she got stuck. Most of the clues were fairly easy, but others were a bit more tricky and one had even Hubby and I scratching our heads at one point – thankfully a lovely local lady came to our rescue with the answer. Every trail also has access to the ‘Trail Trouble Textline’ – up to three clues that can be sent via text so that no Trail goes unsolved, if you get really stuck!
We spotted plaques on the wall, a mosaic on the ground, ebony dogs and learned lots of fun facts all about the city, as well as getting to see the spectacular Cathedral Church of St Andrew, the stunning Vicars Close and the chance to enjoy market day with a nice cool ice cream.
The trail took us around two hours to complete and we walked about 5 miles in total so it is really good for getting some exercise, without the kids realising it. It is all accessible to all and none of the clues are anywhere where you would have to pay an admission fee to get in, so you will not be spending any additional money if you don't want to. There is also the chance to win real treasure too, as every month all correct answers are submitted (users do this on the website, and all get a ‘certificate’) into a £100 prize draw.
Treasure Trails cost just £6.99 (£9.99 for a personalised trail) for 2+ hours of entertainment for the whole family and there are plenty of opportunities to explore as they have over 1,000 trails all across the UK. The instant download makes it great for spontaneous days out, so the next time you fancy exploring a town with the kids in tow, why not see if there’s a Treasure Trail to explore?