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The Great TT Staycation Tour!

 

 

COMPETITION – Win a holiday!

 

Summer is here, and for most of us in 2021, summer = staycation!

Here at Treasure Trails, we know of over 1000 great places to explore in the UK – well, we should, as we’ve written 1000+ Treasure Trails to explore them!

To inspire you, we’ve put together three Staycation Puzzles as part of our Great TT Staycation Tour. You’ll be virtually visiting and discovering more about UK locations while, at the same time, solving mysteries for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

 

Prizes up for grabs

 

 

For our star prize, we’ve partnered up with our friends at QHotels and are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastic family break at one of their 21 four-star hotels and resorts! Awesome huh?! One lucky winner will enjoy a two-night family stay, including dinner and breakfast – yum!

Why QHotels? Well, if you’re looking for your next family adventure, each hotel and resort is only a stone’s throw away from plenty of fun family-friendly activities, and of course lots of great Treasure Trail locations!

Plus, with activity packs, family games, and milk and cookies before bed, you’ll be in lots of treats! You can check out the QHotels Quality Family Time Package here.

We’ve also got three fantastic monthly prizes to give away linked to each of the three legs of our Great TT Staycation Tour!

 

How to enter

 

You’ve got to be in it to win it, which means joining us on our virtual tour! Solve the mystery by completing each leg of the Great TT Staycation Tour to be in with a chance of winning a monthly prize.

Complete all three legs of the tour, and you’ll be in with a chance of nabbing the holiday!

 

The three legs of the tour

 

Okay, TT Staycationers, pack your bags, give the plants a good water and get ready – the TT Virtual Tour Bus is ready to depart!

 

Leg 1 – City Tour

 

 

City Tour Info:

 

Climb aboard the TT Tour Bus to visit 10 magnificent UK cities. Be prepared to be amazed at the fascinating facts you’ll uncover along the way!

Important! Be prepared for some tough virtual research in order to complete this mystery. Don’t give up though – you’ll get here in the end!

City Tour Checklist

  • Download the puzzle
  • Solve the mystery
  • Submit your answer

 

 

City Tour Answer Submission:

 

Remember to follow the instructions carefully – attention to detail, Staycationers! Once you know where the mystery location is, enter your answer via the form below. Your answer is a two word location:

  • Enter before the end of July 2021 for a chance to win the City Prize.
  • Enter your answer to this and the other two tours before the end of September 2021 for a chance the nab the holiday!

 

By submitting your entry you are agreeing to our Great TT Staycation Tour T&Cs below, our Competition Rules and our Privacy Policy. You also agree to us contacting you from time to time with amazing offers, details of Trails, competitions and more. You can at any time request these communications to stop.

 

City Prize:

 

 

Get ready to jigsaw like a pro! If you’re the lucky City Tour winner, you’ll get to choose one of 99 Jigraphy Cityscape Maps jigsaws in either 400 or 1000 pieces. Plus, to ensure you can do some serious jigsawing wherever you go, you’ll get a super-useful travel jigsaw board!

 


Coast & Countryside Excursion

 

 

*Tour details will be released on 1st August 2021.

Get ready to marvel at the best scenery the UK has to offer as our Coast & Countryside leg virtually drops in on all 15 UK National Parks in August.

 

Coast & Countryside Prize:

 

 

Your picnics will never be the same again! If you’re our lucky Leg 2 winner, you’ll be picnicking in style with this picnic backpack set for four, plus a matching picnic blanket, from the Greenfield Collection. Complete with tablecloth and napkins, there’s even a ‘tidy up’ bag to make it super easy to pack up and carry on with the rest of your Treasure Trail!

 


Back to School Adventure

 

 

*Tour details will be released on 1st September 2021.

September – Join us as we go ‘Back to School’ and practice our 3 R’s exploring some of the UK’s top places of learning.

 

Back to School Prize:

 

 

One lucky Leg 3 Staycationer will be in notebook heaven! Think never-ending doodles and the chance to make endless plans for future staycations. This reusable smart notebook from Rocket Book allows you to turn your creations into online files, wipe your notebook clean and start again! We’ve also thrown in a set of Pilot FriXion coloured pens – perfect for colour coding your Treasure Trails wish list!

 


Optional tour stops

 

We’re all for a detour or two here at Treasure Trails, so if you need some serious family fun in between virtual tour legs, we’ve got just the thing!

Grab yourself a Treasure Trail and have a real day out exploring, outdoors in the actual fresh air with bona fide views and hidden gems! After all, that’s what UK staycation summers are made for!

Explore somewhere local or, if you’ve booked somewhere in the UK, see what Trail adventures we have there!

New to Treasure Trails? Our treasure hunt, spy mission and detective mystery-themed Trails are great for all ages (6-106), with plenty to keep adults entertained as well as family groups. So, gather your friends or family, choose your Trail and get out there exploring! Check out the video on our homepage, or learn more here.

 

 

 


Great TT Staycation Tour T&Cs

 

  • There is one star prize plus three monthly prizes up for grabs.
  • The star prize is a two-night family break with QHotels including dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • Star prize based on two adults and two children sharing.
  • Star prize includes dinner in the hotel restaurant on both evenings.
  • Star prize must be taken within six months of the winner being announced and must be booked a minimum of three days in advance of stay.
  • Participating hotels include all of the QHotels group, subject to availability.
  • Entry to the star prize draw is via submitting three correct Tour answers.
  • There is no cash prize alternative.
  • Three monthly prizes are as detailed in the main text above.
  • No cash prize alternative is on offer.
  • Should one of the monthly prizes become unavailable, we reserve the right to provide an alternative but equivalent item in terms of function and value.
  • Entry is via submitting an answer on this web page only.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • One entry per ‘Tour’ per household.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees of Treasure Trails.
  • Winners will be selected at random from all correct answers received.
  • The closing date for entry to be eligible for monthly prizes is midnight at the end of the month specified, 2021.
  • The closing date for all entries to be eligible for the star prize is midnight, 30th September 2021.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • We will notify winners via the email address on their entry form.
  • If no response is received within 28 days, a new winner will be drawn.
  • The winner of the Coast & Countryside Tour prize must confirm that they are over 18 in order for us to arrange delivery (metal cutlery and corkscrew included).
  • The winner’s names and entries will be available on request.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • This competition is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

 


27th June 2021

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Cycling Adventures with Treasure Trails

 

 

Fancy a two-wheeled adventure? We’ve got just the thing! Our cycling Trails will have you peddling the route from stop to stop as you enjoy some scenic interludes between solving clues. You’ll have to stop peddling to solve the clues, of course! Sometimes this will be a quick stop and solve; at other times, you’ll need to lock up the bikes and explore a location on foot to find the answers you seek. Then it’s back on the saddle and off to the next location along the self-guided route.

 


How to find cycling or driving Trails 

 

You can filter for cycling Trails (as well as driving or walking Trails, themes and accessibility) by using the advanced filter on our website. You can find this by clicking on ‘Buy a Treasure Trail’ at the top of our website, then select the area you are interested in. The Trails for this location will then be listed on the page, with an ‘Advanced Filter’ drop-down option above them. If you click on this, you will be able to filter between all of the Trail types by selecting your preferences.

Not all regions of the country have cycling Trails, so to save you a bit of time, we’ve put together a super useful list for you below. Please note that some of the routes are linear, meaning they’re just one way, so you will also need to plan for the journey back:

 

England

 

South West

 

Cornwall

From coast to countryside, we have five fun cycling Trails for you to try out in Cornwall:

 

Devon

Step away from the tourist traps and see everything that Devon has to offer with these three cycling Trails:

 

Dorset

Seek the special sights in Dorset with these four cycling Trails:

 

Gloucestershire

Get back to nature in the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds with these two Gloucestershire cycling Trails:

  • Naunton and the Slaughters, a ‘loop’ detective mystery with 4 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2.5 miles of walking.
  • Two Sides of Lydney, a linear treasure hunt with 2 miles of cycling (or driving) and 1.5 miles of walking, plus the journey back.

 

Bristol / Somerset / Wiltshire

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these areas at the moment, but you can check out our awesome walking and driving Trails: Bristol / Somerset / Wiltshire

 

Explore Barnstaple to Bideford with the Tarka Spy 2 Cycle Trail

 


South East

 

Hampshire

Wander off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems of the New Forest with these three Hampshire cycling Trails:

 

Isle of Wight

We have a peddle-tastic cycling Trail in the Isle of Wight where you’ll unearth fascinating historical heritage highlights along the way:

  • Bembridge, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 7.5 miles of cycling.

 

London

For a cycling adventure in London we take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city:

 

Surrey

Explore green spaces on the outskirts of the city with these two Surrey cycling Trails:

 

Berkshire / Buckinghamshire / Kent / Oxfordshire / Sussex

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these areas, but there are plenty of walking Trails to discover!

Berkshire / Buckinghamshire / Kent / Oxfordshire / Sussex

 

Explore the largest of London’s Royal Parks with the Richmond Park Cycle Trail

 


East of England / East Midlands

 

Norfolk

For a top cycling adventure in Norfolk our Birchams Trail will take you through some stunning countryside as you go:

Explore Norfolk’s villages and countryside with The Birchams Cycling Trail

 

Derbyshire

We’ve got a fantastic cycling Trail in Derbyshire, which will weave you down the waterways for wildlife, history and clue-cracking:

  • Bugsworth Canal Basin, a linear treasure hunt with 1.5 miles of cycling (or walking), plus the journey back.

 

Leicestershire

Slip out of the city to discover the four cycling Trails Leicestershire has to offer:

  • Appleby Magna to Shackerstone, a ‘loop’ spy mission with 12 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2.5 miles of walking.
  • Belvoir Castle Country, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 10 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2 miles of walking.
  • Vale of Belvoir, a ‘loop’ spy mission with 10 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2 miles of walking.
  • Wreake Valley, a ‘loop’ spy mission with 10 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2 miles of walking.

 

Nottinghamshire

Our Nottinghamshire cycling Trail will have you riding through the rolling countryside to seek the clues:

 

Rutland

From waterside to countryside, these three cycling Trails will show you the tranquillity that Rutland offers:

 

Bedfordshire / Cambridgeshire / Essex / Hertfordshire / Lincolnshire / Northamptonshire / Suffolk

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these regions, but our range of walking and driving Trails sure makes up for this!

Bedfordshire / Cambridgeshire / Essex / Hertfordshire / Lincolnshire / Northamptonshire / Suffolk

 

Explore the villages and canals of East Leicestershire with the Appleby Magna to Shackerstone Cycling Trail

 


West Midlands

 

Herefordshire

Meander through some areas of outstanding natural beauty with these three Herefordshire cycling Trails:

 

Staffordshire

Sneak out of the city in search of green spaces with the six cycling Trails in Staffordshire:

  • Fishy Tales at Chasewater, a ‘loop’ detective mystery with 3.6 miles of cycling (or walking).
  • Land of the Manifold, a ‘loop’ detective mystery with 6 miles of cycling (or driving) and 1.75 miles of walking.
  • Staffordshire Moorlands, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 10 miles of cycling (or driving) and 1 mile of walking.
  • The Northern Chase, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 12 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2.25 miles of walking.
  • Twixt Keele and Maer, a linear spy mission with 5.5 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2.25 miles of walking, plus the journey back.
  • Whittington, a ‘loop’ detective mystery with 2.25 miles of cycling (or walking).

 

Worcestershire

See a different side to the city and venture around the historic county of Worcestershire with these two cycling Trails:

 

Shropshire / Warwickshire / West Midlands

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these regions, but there are tonnes of chances to explore some superb cities, towns and villages.

Shropshire / Warwickshire / West Midlands

 

Explore Ilam and Alstonfield on the Land of the Manifold Cycle Trail

 


Yorkshire

 

East Yorkshire

Soak up the sights and sounds of East Riding with these two cycling Trails:

 

North Yorkshire

A disused railway line in North Yorkshire is the setting for this Trail, taking you off-road with woodlands, wildlife and picturesque views:

 

West & South Yorkshire

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these parts of Yorkshire, but you can check out our awesome walking Trails:

West Yorkshire / South Yorkshire

 

Explore Scarborough to Ravenscar with The Cinder Track (Southern Section) Cycle Trail

 


North West

 

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any cycling Trails in the North West of England, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! There are plenty of chances to let out your inner treasure seeker, super sleuth or slippery spy with our selection of walking and driving Trails:

 

Explore the best of the North West with a walking or driving Trail

 


North East

 

Northumberland

Meander down the Northumberland Coast for a dose of vitamin sea with these cycling Trails:

Please note, these two Trails follow the same route and contain the same Clues, except one is in reverse.

 

County Durham / Tyne and Wear

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these areas, but take yourself from the city to the sea with our walking Trails:

County Durham / Tyne and Wear

 

Explore Warkworth and Craster with the Coastal Driving Trails

 


Scotland

 

Argyll and Bute

Get a full dose of the Scottish sights with lochs and isles on the two cycling Trails around Argyll and Bute:

  • Isle of Bute, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 28 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2.5 miles of walking.
  • Loch Lomond West, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 8 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2 miles of walking.

 

Ayrshire

There is one cycling Trail in Ayrshire, taking you off the mainland with tonnes to see as you go:

 

Dumfries and Galloway

Our cycling Trail in Dumfries and Galloway explores the southern coastline and its panoramic views:

  • Whithorn, a ‘loop’ spy mission with 20 miles of cycling (or driving) and 2 miles of walking.

 

Fife

Take to two wheels in Fife and you’ll be rewarded with heaps of heritage and super stories to discover:

  • Ceres, a ‘loop’ treasure hunt with 9 miles of cycling and 1.25 miles of walking.

 

Scottish Borders

Tackle the cycling Trail around the Scottish Borders and you’ll enjoy fantastic countryside between these two border towns:

  • Selkirk & Galashiels, a ‘loop’ detective mystery with 8 miles of cycling and 2 miles of walking.

 

Stirlingshire and the Forth Valley

There’s one cycling Trail around Stirlingshire and the Forth Valley, taking you away from the hustle and bustle to tranquil scenery along Loch Ard:

 

Aberdeenshire / Dundee and Angus / Edinburgh and the Lothians / Glasgow and the Central Belt / Perth and Kinross / The Highlands

We don’t have any cycling Trails in these areas, but you can still seek excitement with our selection of walking and driving Trails:

Aberdeenshire / Dundee and Angus / Edinburgh and the Lothians / Glasgow and the Central Belt / Perth and Kinross / The Highlands

 

Explore Scotland with a cycling Trail

 


Wales & Northern Ireland

 

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any cycling Trails in Wales or Northern Ireland, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! From hills to valleys, city to countryside, coastal scenes to mountains and everything in between, there are plenty of chances to soak up the sights, sounds and heaps of heritage each has to offer. Check out our selection of walking and driving Trails:

Wales

Explore Wales with a walking or driving Trail

 

Northern Ireland

 

Explore Northern Ireland with a walking or driving Trail

 


Happy cycling!

 

If you have any questions about any of our cycling Trails or would like further advice to help you choose, our Customer Happiness Team is on hand here.

 

 


24th July 2021

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How to be a TT City Slicker

Our hot tips for success on your next city Trail

 

So, you’ve joined us on the City leg of The Great TT Staycation Tour, and you’re now itching to get out and explore a city for real! Well, fear not, we have some hot tips to make your next city mission, quest or investigation a success! Plus, if you’re struggling to decide which adventure to choose, click here to take a look at our top city picks for this summer!

 


How to be…

 

…a top city detective!

 

With all the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s easy to overlook vital evidence and lose track of suspects as they slip into the crowds. To be a top city detective, you really need to remember your sleuthing training and keep your eyes peeled at all times!

The best way to ensure you don’t get distracted and miss out on vital information? Take your time and fully observe your surroundings, making notes of any suspicious activity that could be linked to your curious case.

Your case files will include all the information you need to set off on your investigation, including case background, a suspect list, evidence gallery and a series of clues to solve in order to whittle them down and solve the case.

 

 

…a bold city explorer! 

 

You may think your quest will be a walk in the park (sometimes literally), but booby traps come in all shapes and sizes. While you trek through the city, you’ll need to be extra vigilant and avoid stepping on cracks in the pavement or touching iron railings. Do you hear that noise? It sounds like a giant boulder rolling towards you… Run!

Of course, it’s not just booby traps that you’ll need to stay alert for during your expedition. Can you see footprints in the grass? Is someone following you down the street? You could have a rival treasure seeker hot on your tail! Keep your important Trail notes close, and don’t let them see the answer.

Your quest documents will include all the details of the treasure you seek. You’ll find a treasure map, with possible locations marked, and a series of clues, each of which will eliminate one location until you are left with the final spot.

 

 

…a super-secret city spy! 

 

When on a top-secret mission in the city, you have to use your location to your advantage. There are more doors and windows for enemy agents to hide behind and more CCTV cameras for the evil geniuses to tap into. BUT, there are also more alleys for you to duck into to avoid detection and more reflective shop windows for you to use for slyly monitoring the area.

To avoid jeopardising your mission, you’ll need to blend into the crowd by going undercover. Wear plain clothes and avoid drawing attention to yourselves – sunglasses and big hats are perfect for the summer months. Subtly scan around every corner before advancing, and stick to the shadows.

Your super-secret spy documents include vital intel on your mission, with a set of clues that you’ll need to solve in order to complete your answer grid. Plus, there’s a combination box which, once you’ve solved every clue, will enable you to unlock the code and save the day!

 

 


What type of adventurer are you?

 

Every Treasure Trail turns you into an intrepid explorer, a super-secret agent or a dazzling detective, depending on which theme you choose. You’ll be locating lost artefacts, saving the day on a secret mission, or searching for vital evidence to crack the case.

If you want to find out what kind of Trail adventure you might be best at this summer, we’ve created a quiz to help you find out!

 

 

Quiz - What type of adventurer are you?

 


Plan your city adventure

 

Now you’re ready for any eventuality, you need to decide where to go. Take a look at our top picks to take you off the beaten track and discovering hidden gems in our great UK cities this summer!

 

 

If you already know which cities you’re going to explore on your staycation, head to the website and choose your Treasure Trail! There’s no need to book a day or time slot; the Trails are completely self-guided, and you can do them any time. All you need is your Trail booklet, a pen, your top team of treasure seekers and a sense of adventure. So, where will you visit first?

Remember, you only have until 31st July to submit the City Tour puzzle answer if you want to be in with the chance to win the Jigraphy jigsaw prize! If you haven’t cracked it yet, check out The Great TT Staycation Tour and solve the sneaky clues on the first leg of the journey. We’ve got our fingers crossed for you. 🤞

 

 


8th July 2021

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