Here at Staycation Holidays, we like to pass on great tips for fun-filled days out that the whole family (and their pet pooches!) will enjoy…
…Great tips like Treasure Trails!
What are Treasure Trails?
Treasure Trails are a fun excuse to get outdoors and explore different towns, cities and villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk. Whether you’re on a Staycation holiday or at home, you can experience the thrill of discovery, a sense of play and the fun of following ‘clues’ and looking for treasure, whatever your age, whatever the weather!
Treasure Trails offer a unique and fun way to spend time with family or friends – along with getting fresh air and exercise. What’s more, your kids will be so distracted cracking clues that they won’t even realise they’ve walked a couple of miles!
There are over 1,200 trails across the UK, which fall into three different types. Solve fiendish clues on a Murder Mystery Trail to unravel ‘whodunnit?’ from a list of suspects; test your wits on a Treasure Hunt Trail to work out the location of buried treasure; or make like James Bond on a Spy Mission Trail where you work together to crack a code by entering numbers and letters into a grid.
Our Treasure Trails Experience
We are massive fans of Treasure Trails, having just completed our third – this time a Spy Mission in Clifton, Bristol – our previous conquests being in Exeter and Wellington.
There are currently five different Bristol trails: you can hunt for treasure around the Harbourside, Redcliffe and Temple Quay; solve a murder mystery in the Old City or the West End; or undertake a top secret spy mission in Clifton. This time we chose the latter two mile loop which whiled away a happy couple of hours with plenty to see along the way.
Sights included Clifton’s beautiful Georgian architecture, its secret hideaways and its impressive historic landmarks including the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Additionally, the trail included interesting facts along the way.
There are wonderful picnic opportunities if you want to make a day of it, fabulous eateries and coffee shops aplenty too. Clifton Village’s eclectic mix of shops could also keep you occupied for hours!
We can’t give away too much about the trail (obviously) in case you want to do it yourself, but the images in this blog are from the trail and give you an idea about this ultimate game of I Spy!
Top Tips for What you Need
• A pen/s and a very sharp eye!
• A plastic pocket for your map to protect it from the elements?
• Sensible footwear ?
• Sun cream/brolly/waterproof coat!
• Extra time for pit-stops along the way
• Your mobile phone – if you do get stuck on a clue, you can use the SMS ‘Stuck on a clue’ helpline to ensure that no Trail goes unsolved…
How to Buy a Treasure Trail
For £6.99 a pop for a Treasure Trail, it’s a small investment for a lot of easy gain. Trails can be instantly downloaded anytime day or night from the Treasure Trails’ website so that you can print off your little map of joy on holiday or at home for instant trailing fun. The description for each trail helpfully tells you how much walking (or sometimes cycling or driving) you will need to do, how long it should take, and whether the trail is pushchair, wheelchair and dog friendly. As a ‘wuff’ guide, most trails are suitable for your pet pooches. They can be posted out to you if you prefer for a small additional charge. You only need one Trail booklet per family/group of up to 4-5 people.
Want to try Treasure Trails for yourselves? You can find more information on the Treasure Trails website here and to find the nearest trail to your home or your holiday cottage. you can also have a look at how much fun Trailers have in this 90 second video!