This week one of my besties Amy came to visit. Though we didn’t really have anything planned for her time here, its always nice to get out and about and do something. On the first full day she was here, we decided (as a family/group) to do a Treasure Trail.
I’d been wanting to do one for a few weeks, inspired by a locker pick-up from a MyByBox. I’d also seen a few offers on Groupon and thought it would be a fun day out. As we had a time restriction (my partner had to be at work for 4.30pm) we decided to do something within Lincolnshire. A site called TreasureTrails.co.uk offered treasure hunts, murder mysteries and spy trails and murder mysteries were the shortest on offer, at approximately 2 hours to complete. We picked a driving one, though this meant trekking down to Heckington, but it also meant we wouldn’t have to do too much walking. The pack was £6.99 to download and consisted of 4 downloadable adobe reader pages.
We set off for Heckington, arriving around midday. The first part of the trail required walking though after a while we headed back for the car and completed the trail that way instead – jumping out every now and again to figure out a clue. The clues themselves were interesting – some simple and straightforward, while others were anagrams or math problems. Between the three of us (plus the two kids) we pretty much figured them out though. Each clue answer gave us a suspect to cross off or a weapon to eliminate, ultimately meaning at the end we would be left with one person and one weapon remaining.
After a fairly lengthy exploration of Heckington, we were then sent to several other villages, most of which only had one or two clues in them. This was really what I had been expecting for the majority of the trail, since we had picked a driving one to begin with.
By far the funniest part of the day was that all the villages seemed to have pubs called The Nags Head and churches called St Andrews. It was also definitely a little strange looking for “Grace Butler” “hanging around” in one of the graveyards.
Though we stopped for a picnic sort of a lunch, the trail did take us between 2-3 hours. We finished our Murder Mystery trail in Bourne, though the last four clues were all located in the same place. We were pushed for time which didn’t help with our final solving, not to mention we realised we must have gone wrong with one of our earlier clues when we stumbled across a repeat name we’d had before. Ultimately we didn’t get the trail finished but we did have a lot of fun trying.
On reflection we decided the murderer must be “Rob Nue”. His name was an anagram of Bourne so it just seemed like the most logical out of the five suspects we had remaining. What we do know however is that whoever the murderer was, it was done with a wrench….
As I said though we had a huge amount of fun and it was nice to get out and about. If we hadn’t been getting back to Lincoln for 4.30pm I’m sure we’d have made more of an effort to get it all finished. I’d definitely be interested to try a Treasure Hunt Trail or even a Spy Trail.
How about you? Have you tried anything like this?
|Example of the clues|