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Hidden Treasure

Welcome to Hidden Treasure - a positive treasure trove of fun, educational and informative ideas!

Designed to help you get the most out of your family time, with fun games, quizzes, ideas and information designed to complement Treasure Trails.

We aim to provide you with a little more fun in your life and promote healthy activities. We offer tips and tricks to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours, or teach you something that you probably didn't know before.

To put it simply, we're aiming to fill in the gaps between Trails!

Please use the menu on the right hand side to have a look at some of our great ideas... and enjoy!

Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The UK has fifteen national parks all with their own unique characteristics. The North Yorkshire Moors have amazing big skies, a beautiful coastline and at the right time of year fantastic swathes of purple heather.

Enjoy the Moors By Road

We had a day trip around the moors using the Hole of Horcum Treasure Trail to guide us to some of the best bits.

As part of the Trail, we stopped at the Falling Foss waterfall where there is also a handy coffee stop! Another led us past Goathland. Goathland is famous for being featured as Aidensfield in the ITV programme 'Heartbeat' and we had fun posing with the characters and props.

Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Falling Foss
Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Heartbeat

We spent ages at the actual Hole of Horcum chatting to the park rangers about the hole and how it might have come about. I preferred the legends about giants to the more rational explanation of spring-sapping!

The Trail ends at Levisham station which is styled as a 1912 station. Then it was time for a late lunch in a local pub. It was a lovely way to spend a morning exploring without having to do too much walking on a hot day!

Oh and we had plenty of ice-cream opportunities too!

Enjoy by Rail

Having seen the moors by car, we were pleased we'd booked a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We'd also seen the TV programme in March 2018 about the steam train on Channel 5. Apparently, it was so successful they are making more of them.

The whole experience was great fun. We were greeted at the door of our carriage by a smartly dressed lady and shown to our seats. We were in a small compartment with just two other people. They were celebrating a special birthday, we were just indulging ourselves!

The whistle blew and we were off. We were treated to a sumptuous three course meal and some fantastic scenery. Highly recommended!

Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Train

When we got off at Pickering we enjoyed a wander along the historic 1930s themed platform before rejoining the train to go back to Grosmont. Everyone we met was just so friendly. I can't wait to go back and experience some more of this amazing part of our country.

15th November 2018

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Top 10 Spookiest Trails for Fearless Families

We've compiled a list of our Top 10 Spookiest Trails for fearless families to explore in the run up to Halloween.

With scary storylines featuring ghosts, vampires, witches and wizards, these self-guided Trails will take you on a ghoulish adventure, as you crack the cryptic clues en route to unlock scary stories from the past and solve the mystery at the end!

1. Pendle Witches

Double, Double Toil and Trouble - https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/lancashire/pendle-witches

The assembly at the Pendle School of Witchraft was spellbound when it was announced that Miss Sabrina, the enchanting Head of Spelling, had been found murdered in the broom cupboard. But which witch wished this wicked wish? Clues to the murder have been scattered like stardust around the Pendle hills. Solve the crime and you may win a prize!

2. Whitby – Curse of the Vampire

The Curse of the Whitby Vampire https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/north-yorkshire/whitby

For 100 years and more, the undead Ivan Tsukyablud has been under the curse of the evil Witch Cackle. Cold, pale and blood-thirsty, this Whitby Vampire is destined to plague the town for eternity. Fortunately, local French chef Monsieur Gordon Bleu, tired of a constant garlic shortage, has unearthed a treasure map and clues pointing to where the witch's spellbook is buried. Can YOU solve the clues, locate the spellbook and lift the curse?

3. Portland – Pirates’ Graveyard

Smugglers in the Stormhttps://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/days-out/dorset/portland-bill

In 1762 a ferocious storm destroyed a Cornish ship, killing all her crew and scattering her cargo, leaving it to drift with the tide into Portland. The Kings Men were ready to gather it up but when they pulled it ashore all that was left were empty crates. Portland Smugglers had got there first and stashed it somewhere on Portland. You need to solve the clues to locate the missing contraband and hand it to the customs men but you had better watch out, those Smugglers are a nasty bunch!

4. Haunted Hitchin

Can you help track down the spooky diamond crown? https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/hertfordshire/hitchin

Floss the ghost has lost her head! She was accidentally beheaded wearing the diamond crown she'd stolen while alive and now she can't pull herself together to track it down! Help her get it back before the famous Ghost Hunter and Army Major, "Para" Norman gets there and punishes Floss with a fate worse than death. Floss has a list of clues to places she has been recently, but work fast, Para Norman is coming to town to investigate!

5. Staithes – The Mermaid's Curse

Find the Treasure and Lift the Mermaid's Curse! https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/north-yorkshire/staithes

Years ago, malcontent mermaid Molly Minnow put a curse on Staithes. She got stuck between a rock and a hard plaice and was left floundering whilst fishermen, perched on the quay, watched on. To lift the curse, YOU must locate a solid gold fish and return it to the sea. For-tuna-tely, local lad John Dory, tired of herring people carping on about the curse, trawled through the archives to unearth a treasure map and a set of clues to help you...

6. Wicked Wizard of Alnwick

Witch one done it? https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/what-to-do/northumberland/alnwick

Rumours are rife among local witches and wizards after the news of a mysterious death just below the wall of Alnwick Castle. New wizard Henry Patter has many fingers pointing at him but he knows he is innocent. He has heard that there is a trail of clues around Alnwick that will lead to the identity of the guilty one. Henry has appealed for assistance to solve this mystery. Do you feel up to this task?

7. Winchester City Ghost Trails

Dem Bones, Dem Bones! https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/hampshire/winchester-city-north-ghost

Some ancient bones uncovered during the course of an archaeological excavation near St Batholemew's Church have gone missing, presumed stolen. The relocation of the skeletal remains seems to have unleashed the wrath of the spirit world on the team involved in the dig; each member of the team is being plagued by terrifying paranormal phenomena. Can you help the traumatised antiquarians find the missing bones so that they can return them to their rightful place and by doing so, placate their long dead owners?

The well-known ghost hunter, Professor S. P. Ectre, of Prestbury village, rumoured to have discovered the secrets of Prestbury's ghosts, has been lost in the Amazon Rain Forest seeking further ghosts and spirits. His heirs are seeking the treasure he buried for safekeeping before he left and, on going through his desk, they have found a map and set of clues to locate this treasure! Can you help them? Good luck and let us know how you get on!

9. The Clerkenwell Clown Caper

Clown attacks in Clerkenwell are no laughing matter! https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/london/clerkenwell

Amateur circus entertainer and part-time PR exec Lottie Goodwill has been found murdered, head buried in an enormous foam-topped pie in a Clerkenwell cafe. Police are unsure of the exact cause of death. Witnesses saw a person dressed as a clown running from the scene carrying a pair of oversized shoes. No-one could agree if the person was male or a female. Can you follow the trail of clues to find out how it happened and whom we should be bringing into "custardy"?

10. The Ghost of Dick Whittington

Unlock the doors to City Hall! https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/london/tower-bridge

Deciding he'd like his old job back; the ghost of Richard Whittington has awoken to cause mischief. Dick has imposed a ghostly curse on the doors of City Hall, locking them to prevent the Mayor of London from entering. Only by following the Trail, solving the clues and discovering the de-activation code will you be able save the day and let Sadiq in!

Are you brave enough to explore on any of these Trails?

Search for other Trail adventures at https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Happy Trailing!

16th October 2018

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