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Taking the Treasure Trail


Kids are arguing over the Xbox controller. Already? Aaaargh!! Well here’s a half-term saviour that gives you a fun excuse to get them out of the house and into the fresh air for an hour or two. Best of all, Treasure Trails are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.

Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple – self-guided themed walking treasure hunts. There are more than 20 Treasure Trails available covering towns, villages and rural areas across Surrey – including Box Hill, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Kingston, Oxted, Reigate, Richmond and Wimbledon (and over 1,000 across the UK).

Clockwise from top left: Oxted, Guildford Castle, Kingston, Farnham and Guildford

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’.


As luck would have it, there’s a Treasure Trail that covers the home turf of our illustrious Queen Muddy in Bucks & Oxon, so she took her two smallest Muddies out to give it a crack. And the news is all good, because they loved it. The looking for clues, working out the answers,  texting through for a quick cheat answer when they got stuck (some questions were quite tricky).

For £6.99 a pop for a Treasure Trail it’s a small investment for a lot of easy gain, and with plenty of half-term to go there’s time to receive your little map of joy and get your kids to breath deeply –  that’s fresh air those lungs are experiencing! Maps can be ordered by telephone or online to be sent out to you, or downloaded instantly.




Treasure Trails. Tel: 01872 263692.


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