Thursday, 3 September 2009

Treasure Trails

Last week I met up with my old friends Gillian and Allan and their 2 youngest children Holly and Conor to do a Treasure Trail

Now I'd never heard of these, but there are over 320 trails throughout the UK.

So what are they?

Well here's the blurb - The Trails are a fun, healthy, and educational way to get you out and about exploring. Some Trails require you to solve a murder mystery whilst others require you to find the location of hidden treasure, or crack the code to save the world!

Basically you download the trail from the website and then follow the trail while solving the crime. We did our murder mystery around one of the most picturesque villages in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland lives in Hillsborough Castle and the village is full of interesting facts and quaint pubs and shops.

Hillsborough Castle

We followed the clues around the village trying to find our murderer and weapon used. The kids loved the old courthouse, within the Tourist Information and had a ball running around the Fort.

I was amazed the trail kept the kids attention throughout and with the promise of a Curly Wurly for the winners, all 4 kids tried their best to solve the crime.

Definitely worth the £5 it cost to download the trail and a great way to explore somewhere I thought I knew quite well, but didn't really!


  1. We are the licensees for Treasure Trails in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and we were delighted to read about your experiences with the company and our product. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. How cool! I wish they had something like that around here. I'd definitely pay to do it. Maybe I'll get inspired and invent a game like that for my kids at places we enjoy visiting :)

  3. Small world! It really was great fun and all the kids really enjoyed it

  4. That's a fabulous idea! I think as an adult I'd have fun trying to solve the mysteries too.

  5. That sounds like so much fun! I wish they had something like that over here... just another good reason I have to go back and visit the UK again! ;)

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