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Get the family outdoors on a treasure trail


When a friend told me about these self-guided themed Treasure Trails I practically yelped for joy, so I thought I’d bash out a quick post so you can yelp with joy too.  Anything that screams ‘half-term saviour’ and gives you a fun excuse to get kids out of the house and out into the fresh air for an hour or two is good in my book. Best of all they are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.

Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple.  There are over 29 Treasure Trails available in Somerset, covering the city of Bath and many of the county’s towns and villages both inland and on the coast (and there are over 1,000 across the UK). You can choose between three themes; a Treasure Hunt, a Spy Mission or a Murder Mystery, and at the outset of each Trail the ‘mission’ is given – to find the treasure, crack the spy code or discover the ‘whodunnit’.


Watchet harbour

Somerset trails include Bath, Clevedon and Portishead in North Somerset, across the Somerset coastline around Watchet, Minehead and Dunster, down around Exmoor, the Mendips and the Quantocks and also loads of towns east, west and south of the county – heck, there’s even one around Yeovil

The friend who told me about Treasure Trails tried one with her kids and they loved it. They were so absorbed in searching for clues and working out the answers that they were happy walking the hour-and-a-half trail and completely forgot to bicker, bash each other or whine – what more could you ask?

For £6.99 a pop for a Treasure Trail, it’s a small investment for a lot of easy gain. You can download one right this minute (disorganised, moi?) and use your little map of joy this half term.


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