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Get the family outdoors with Treasure Trails


I wrote about a brilliant little company called Treasure Trails a few month back and then forgot to report back that I’d actually tried one for myself (sorryyyyyy!). But it’s 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.


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

As luck would have it – some may *sniff* call it laziness – there’s a Treasure Trail that covers my home turf, so I took the two smallest Muddy bratlets out to give it a crack. Let me tell you they loved it. The looking for clues, working out the answers,  texting through for a quick cheat answer when we 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 me to ransom with whiny demands for snacks= metres-covered.

 haddenham duck pond

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 my trail was calling Twist (the local wine bar) by its former pub name of The Green Dragon. Ironically two weeks ago Twist closed its doors for the last time (note to chefs: for the right person this place is a goddam goldmine. Come and open up a family-friendly gastropub PLEASE), so the update that I fed through to Treasure Trails will have to be updated again.

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!


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