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Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

17th July 2013

Looking for a fun thing to do in the holidays? Why not go on a treasure hunt. It’s a great way to while away an hour or two and takes you on a voyage of discovery in your hometown. My nieces and I were delighted to find out about the local history in our nearest city; the quirky questions in the quiz we downloaded kept us dodging the crowds by exploring back streets, finding out about local heroes, and discovering little known facts.

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

17th July 2013

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

17th July 2013

One of the most interesting aspects was how often we had walked past a plaque or building without really noticing it – searching for the answers had us looking up, down and around at the landmarks we’d grown to take for granted.

A treasure hunt can be a great way to discover a new town or city, perfect for holidays and get-aways. There are lots of treasure hunts available online, and you could even design your own. My nieces and I opted for a Huntfun treasure hunt – we paid for it (about £4.99) and downloaded it online, then printed it out. They also send treasure hunts in the post (which you can get personalised if it’s for a birthday or other celebration), or they now have a fully interactive GPS version you can do on a smart phone or hand held device, if you’re looking for an instant activity.

Here are some of the treasure hunt companies you can find online:

Treasure Trails currently have over 1,100 Treasure Trails throughout the UK and are writing more every day. Spending quality time together on a family walk or having a fun day out with friends are what their cycling, driving and walking Trails are all about. There are three different types of Trail: Treasure Hunt, Murder Mystery and Spy Mission. Each Trail costs £6.99.

Quests Online has a basic set up that enables you to run a Treasure Hunt yourself —Instructions, Storyline, Clues, Answer Sheets, Solutions, Treasure Map (where relevant) —and they also provide a themed free Party Planner Package for many of the hunts to add more fun to your special occasion. These hunts can be done anywhere. Prices start at £10.

Treasuredays offer a variety of hunts in different locations, from walking City Treasure Hunts, car-based Rural Treasure Hunts, to treasure hunt games for the kids at home, so there’s entertainment available whatever the weather. You can also buy their hunts on Kindle. £6.81 for their Bath Family Treasure Hunt Kindle edition.

UK: The Game is a brand new way to explore UK’s sights and streets – by way of a mobile phone treasure hunt. As far as I can tell from their website, there are only four ‘zones’ and all are in London so it’s not quite a ‘UK’ treasure hunt as promised! But it gets rave reviews from families who’ve enjoyed it together. £15.

Hidden City is an experience where you solve a trail of clues sent to you by text message. Discover quirky shops, stylish bars and tucked-away pubs. You can contact them to check that the route you choose is child-friendly. £16 per team.

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