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Get the family outdoors with Treasure Trails

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I discovered this brilliant little company called Treasure Trails a few month back when Hero wrote about them on Muddy Oxon/Bucks. I thought it was worth bashing out a quick post about it now because it’s the sort of thing that screams ‘half-term saviour’ and gives you a fun excuse to get kids or rellies out of the house and out into the fresh air for an hour or two. Best of all they are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.

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Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple. There are over 30 Treasure Trails available covering towns, cities and rural areas across Berkshire (and 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’.

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I’m trying one of these this half term, but as luck would have it there’s a Treasure Trail that covered Hero’s home turf, so she took the two smallest Muddy bratlets out to give it a crack. Let me tell you they loved it. Apparently, they absolutely loved looking for clues, working out the answers,  texting through for a quick cheat answer when they got stuck (some questions were quite tricky). Hell, they even walked for an hour and a half without killing each other or, a close second, holding their dear parents to ransom with whiny demands for snacks = metres-covered.

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As you’d expect, it’s very tricky to keep up to date with pub name changes, restaurants turning into houses, local beacons changing use or name etc, so there can sometimes be the occasional blip. However, Treasure Trails encourage you to feed these through so they can keep the names, clues etc. updated.

Berkshire trails include Cookham, Eton, Hurley, Maidenhead, Twyford, Wargrave, Windsor and Wokingham in East Berks; and Hungerford, Lambourn, Newbury and Reading in West Berkshire. And if like me you’re thinking, ‘I’ll never be organised enough to get them posted to me in time…’ trails can be instantly downloaded 24 hours a day (these guys know us sooooo well!).

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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! Good luck intrepids, and do report back if you try one this half term. Would love to find out if you cracked the code or caught the culprit!

Tel: 01872 263692 (Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm) www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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