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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!

Concorde – Something for Everyone – Things to do in Bristol

The newly-opened museum and home of the last Concorde ever to fly is called Aerospace Bristol. We went there recently and thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you are looking for things to do in Bristol, I can highly recommend it. It is a great afternoon out with family and friends.

Concorde - the aeroplane

Getting up close and personal with Concorde was a wonderful and memorable experience. We arrived, paid for our ‘boarding passes’ and were free then to wander around. We looked at the outside of the aeroplane before climbing the steps to board it. There were films being projected onto the outside of the fuselage. We sat and listened to voices of passengers describing their experiences of flying in it.

We learnt that Concorde was first thought about in the 50's, designed in the 60’s and most were built in the 70's. Although the maiden flight was 9th April 1969. The 'plane here at Aerospace Bristol was the last one ever flown into Bristol where it was built. The friend with us said she remembered standing on the downs. Everyone was  really emotional when the pilot dipped his wings to the crowds. That was on 26th November 2003.

Once inside, we were amazed at how tiny the cabin was. Although there seemed to be plenty of leg room! Being inside conjured up the glamor and excitement of international travel. 

Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - the aeroplane
Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - the exhibition

Concorde - the exhibition

The curators have done a great job with the exhibition about Concorde with displays of everything to do with the aeroplane. One little boy was particularly excited and kept calling “Daddy, come and look at this!”

In one corner of the gallery there is a mock up of being inside the cockpit of Concorde whilst in flight. The noise of the engines and the view from the flight deck make it incredibly atmospheric. Being in the museum I felt like I was now part of Concorde’s history.

Concorde certainly captures the imagination. In its day there was even Concorde wallpaper for little boys and girls' bedrooms!

And there's more

Having spent ages in the Concorde hanger, we had a quick cup of tea and a flapjack before heading into the other museum. This is full of all kinds of equipment, machinery and transportation with connections to Aerospace Bristol.

We got chatting to an engineer who had worked on nuclear missiles and warheads who was fascinating. It did mean though we only saw a small part of the exhibition.

It didn’t matter however, as the boarding pass / entry ticket is valid for 12 months. We plan to go back multiple times this year!

Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - and there's more...

If you are looking for something different to do and your children or you like aeroplanes, this is the place for a fascinating few hours. You could easily combine it with the Bristol Clifton Treasure Trail too, the start of which is only 20 minutes away by car.

15th January 2018

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A day out in the fresh air from Mull

We can’t recommend highly enough a boat trip we went on to see Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.

The day dawned bright and beautiful – the sun was out and the forecast was for a sunny day. Nevertheless with a boat trip in store we layered up and set off to Ulva Ferry. 15 or so of us boarded the Hoy Lass for Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.

Our captain was a man of some wit with quips like “Staffa was formed 65 million years ago, one windy Wednesday in October”.

Fingal's Cave

We headed out to sea to Staffa and chatted during the trip to Amy. Amy was a traveller from Cheltenham whose passion was hill walking (and who had done a Bath Treasure Trail). 

Staffa was amazing – Fingal’s Cave is there.  The leaflet said “Staffa from the Norse meaning ‘pillar island’ is a unique geological phenomenon, recognised as one of the wonders of the natural world”. The leaflet suggested that when you walked in to the natural cathedral you should imagine you can hear the first few bars of Mendelssohn’s Overture.  Obligingly the captain played it when he steered the boat into the opening of the cave.

When we walked into it later on we were too busy hanging onto the handrail to listen the sounds in the cave.

A day out in the fresh air from Mull - Fingal's Cave
A day out in the fresh air from Mull - Best picnic spot

Best Picnic Spot

It was gorgeous on Staffa. We sat on the rocks eating our picnic lunch in the sunshine.

Treshnish Isles Wildlife

After half an hour or so we re-boarded the boat and set off for the Treshnish Isles – another half an hour away.

There were some seals at the first island, but for some reason the captain didn’t want to land there. Instead he picked up a pontoon from nearby and towed it to another island. There he and his mate expertly attached it to the rocks and we clambered off the boat and onto the rocks to watch the seals and their pups.

One pup in particular played for ages to the camera and made the most amazing noises. It was just like a small child moaning about being left on their own whilst Mum and Dad bobbed about in the sea watching us.

We took lots of photos of seals. The ‘new’ camera really came into its own enabling some great close ups.  And still the sun shone.

A day out in the fresh air from Mull - Treshnish Isles Wildlife

All too soon we left the islands behind and headed back to Mull arriving back at the jetty at 4.00pm. A thoroughly enjoyable day out in the fresh air. We would definitely do it again.

There are also two Treasure Trails in Mull both of which we did whilst we were staying on the island.  

3rd January 2018

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Around The World Trip Puzzle

Around the world

It’s winter, it’s time to plan an amazing around the world trip!

Remember those days backpacking through the Amazon Jungle with not a care in the world? No, me neither!

Anyway, at Treasure Trails we always like to take you on an adventure, so we've created this fantastic free puzzle for you to solve based around amazing (and often wacky) locations which can be seen on Google Street View.

As with any round the world trip though, you need to make sure you’re at the airport on time and on the right flight!

What you need to do

Step 1

This puzzle is best solved on a computer as it uses Google Street View which may not work on a mobile device (depending on your handset) and can get a bit fiddly when it does!

Once you are on your computer, download and print off your answer grid – you can keep a record of your answers on this, or if you haven’t got a printer, just copy the simple grid onto a sheet of paper.

Enter one answer per destination – and remember, it is important that you visit each destination in the correct order. (A grey rectangle indicates a space between two words).

Step 2

Starting at your departure airport shown on our (not so accurate) world map below, follow the flight path collecting the letters and numbers en-route to your next destination. The numbers and letters make up your flight code. There are 8 destinations (and 8 flight codes), and in order to solve the puzzle correctly you need to visit each destination in the correct order.

You can download the world map and print it out if you would prefer.

Around the World Trip - World Map

Step 3

Starting at START, follow the flight path on the map to the first destination collecting letters and numbers as you go. From the list below, find the flight code you have just collected on your first flight.

Carefully read the question about where you are going and then click on the link to go to the Google Street View scene. This will direct you to another webpage where you will need to search around to find the answer.

The answer can be found by spinning around, and sometimes you will need to use the zoom feature - you will not however need to move forwards from your starting location to find the answer.

Record your findings on your answer sheet, and then return back to this web page to follow the route for your next flight and repeat step 3!

Want to make things a little bit more spicy?! Why not give yourself 2-minutes at each location to solve the clue. You can use an timer on YouTube, or just use your watch (you got for Christmas?!).

Around the World Trip - Flight Codes

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Get out your Indiana Jones hat as you are off on Safari in Kenya!

We have arranged for you to stay for two weeks at the Elephant Watch Camp along the Ewaso Nyiro river in Samburu National Reserve.

Your question to solve here is:

What is the name of the bottle of alcohol 9 from the right?

Remember to record this on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Treasure Trails Travel is delighted to welcome you to the Pyramids of Giza.

Your question to answer from here is:

What does Al-Sedik do?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Sun cream at the ready, you are off to Bermuda! As Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, this counts as a form of staycation!!

Before you go off exploring, just answer this question from your location on top of the Hamilton City Hall & Arts Centre Tower:

What is the first letter of the name of the cruise ship?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Like heights? How about a holiday 3,440 meters up in Namche Bazaar, the Himalayas. This steeply terraced town is bustling with locals and trekkers who come here to acclimatise before hiking up Mount Everest.

Before you go off for a hike, answer this question from your location:

What comes between a bell and a jug?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Treasure Trails Travel is delighted to welcome you on board one of the largest cruise ships in the world - The Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas.

Your question from your location on the Royal Promenade Deck is:

On the sign post, what dining rooms will you find in the same direction as the Boardwalk?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Fancy being Tim Peake for a day? Well we have arranged a holiday in space for you!

Can you answer this question from your current location on the International Space Station:

What character can you see beside the red and yellow saxophone?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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Welcome to New Zealand’s South Island.  Like your holidays to be quiet and basic? Well we think you will like the Hanging Valley Shelter, on the Kepler Track. 

Your question from this location is:

What is the name of the hut that is two hours away? (Search from different angles to find the correct answer).

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

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The city that never sleeps – New York baby! We are going to take you to Times Square, which is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World".

Before you go off exploring, can you answer this question from your location:

Who is starring with Cynthia in The Colour Purple?

Don't forget to record your answer on your answer grid in the correct place.

Around the World - Submit Answer

Step 4

After you have visited all 8 destinations in the correct order and filled in the Answer Grid, take the blue shaded boxes to create a final flight code to get you on the right flight home!

Enter your answer below to see if you are correct or not!

On the 31st January 2018 we will randomly draw 5 correct entries to win a Treasure Trail of their choice.

28th December 2017

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Northumberland Coastal Path

It is always exciting and uplifting for children and adults when walking by the sea. And walking on a coastal path is the best way to do it. The Northumberland coastal path is split into 6 stages, each of which can be done in a day. We did part of Stage 3 which runs from Seahouses to Craster.

Local Walk

Whilst staying in Beadnell we decided to walk a stretch of the coastal path to Low Newton. You can park at Beadnell in the free car park close to the historic harbour. And either do as we did which was to walk there and back. Or you can walk there and catch the bus back.

The walk was a relatively easy one as most of it was along the beach and lovely and flat.

On reaching Low Newton we enjoyed the view of the beautiful sandy bay spread out in front of us. It took us an hour and a half to walk one way and three hours to walk back!

Local Walk - Northumberland Coastal Path
Local Food and Drink - Northumberland Coastal Path

Local Food and Drink

On arrival in Low Newton we headed to the Ship Inn for lunch. This popular pub right on the beach is a microbrewery. The local beer, called Dolly Daydream washed down the crab sandwiches beautifully.

A locally made bread roll called stottie was on the menu too. 

Along this tiny stretch of coast there is a smokehouse at Craster. We bought some locally smoked kippers for our supper and they were enjoyed with local Alnwick gin and Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic which is made in Northumberland. 

Local Wildlife

On our way back to Beadnell we stopped to do some stone balancing. Very therapeutic.

We also stopped to chat to the rangers at Long Nanny, a little tern breeding colony run by the National Trust. We saw little terns and arctic terns sitting on their eggs   Apparently little terns are in decline and are amber listed as a species of conservation concern. At Long Nanny they have rangers guarding the birds from predators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Apart from people the birds are also in danger from foxes, badgers and stoats. And the silly things lay their eggs too close to the water and the high tide can wash them away.

The wild flowers along the walk were beautiful too. 

Local Wildlife - Northumberland Coastal Path

Next time we go we plan to do the driving Trail from Craster to Warkworth too.

18th December 2017

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Things to do near Seahouses

I love Northumberland, don’t you? Our day started with brunch and a Treasure Trail around Seahouses. We then spent the afternoon at Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Tea

Howick is the home of Earl Grey tea. The tea was specially blended to suit the water from the spring at Howick. The bergamot offset the taste of the lime in it apparently.

We treated ourselves to a big pot of it. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were the perfect accompaniment. Well it would have been rude not to! 

Things to do near Seahouses - Tea
Things to do near Seahouses - Trees

Trees

Before our sumptuous tea though we wandered through the gardens and arboretum of Howick Hall. The arboretum is about 65 acres with over 12,000 trees and shrubs grown from seed.

Some of the trees were really ancient and the whole walk was very beautiful. Seemingly there is evidence of stone age man on the estate and I can well believe it. It felt like we'd been catapulted back in time. 

Topiary

We saw no topiary at Howick. But instead the gardens follow the informal and natural style. We weren't there at the right time of year to see the thousands of snowdrops or the enormous numbers of daffodils but we did enjoy spectacular displays of wildflowers and the more cultivated gardens close to the Hall where the family live.

There are lots of red squirrels around, although none out and about the day we were there. Several goldfinches put in an appearance though! A real treat of a place. 

Things to do near Seahouses - Topiary

With the Treasure Trail and the walk around the gardens we did over 14,000 steps so a good day's exercise and loads of fun for people of all ages. 

5th December 2017

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The Christmas Word Challenge

Get into the festive spirit with this Christmas Word Game.

Don't be a "Bah Humbug!" now!

Get the highest score of any Treasure Trails fan and you could be in for a Christmas treat! See below for competition entry information. 

Simply find the letters to the Christmas words on the board and then move onto the next one.

Sounds easy? Then why not have a go yourself?

How To Play

Watch this quick video to give you the full lowdown.

Quick Tip - Don't be put off by the advert before the game starts. Click on the "skip" button as soon as you can and make sure not to click on the advert itself. 

Enter Your Score for the Chance to Win a Treasure Trail

To be entered into the competition to win a Treasure Trail of your choice, post your high score on the game's leader board by entering your name, followed by TT. For example, “William Wordsworth TT”

Important Notice - Confirm your leader board entry by entering the details of your name and score in the comment box below.

You can enter as many times as you like and the person with the highest score on the game's leader board (and in the comments below) at close of play on Wednesday 20th December 2017 will win a Treasure Trail of their choice.

Good luck!

23rd November 2017

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Operation Christmas Sparkle

Call me “Scrooge”, but (for me at least) Christmas just isn’t the same as it used to be. I long for the excitement I once felt as a child - enthusiastically bouncing my way through the festive period with the traditions my parents had installed when I was a kid.

Has Christmas Lost Its Sparkle?

I blame technology and increasingly busy lives. But this Christmas I’m going to be less “Bah Humbug” and more "Ho Ho Ho"! I'm going to make an effort to bring in some fantastic activities to do with my family, both in the build-up to and on the big day itself.

Yes, it’s a great excuse to overeat, relax and wind down, but I also think Christmas is the perfect excuse to be a BIG KID; your kids will love you for it, and you’ll love yourself for it!

So, here’s what I’m doing this Christmas to rekindle the magic that I’ve lost!

Just like Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”, I’ve re-visited my Christmas Past (thankfully no ghosts were involved) to try and bring back some of the magic that I’ve lost somewhere over the past 30 years.

I’m not quite there, so I would love to hear your ideas on festive traditions you have – please comment below and we will post these for all to see – and the best couple of suggestions, I’ll make sure we do over Christmas!

Commencing Operation Christmas Sparkle! 

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 1!

Dress up! Don’t be a Scrooge, get a festive outfit. Stupid Christmas Jumpers are all the rage, but why not be original and create your own Christmas day outfit. This year I am going to decorate my PJs with paper-clipped on tinsel, and bring out the flashing Christmas Hat.

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 2!

Make some decorations with the kids. It's time to embrace the glitter and get creative. Don't worry if you make a mess, it's part of the fun!

Here’s some inspiration from Pinterest 

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 3!

Play silly games which get everyone off their bottoms.

My flamboyant Aunt used to make us play this game which I loved. It was a bit like pass the parcel, with multiple layers of wrapping paper and packaging, but with a difference! I can't recall what the prize was, it was only something silly, but it's the game I really remember.

All generations watched as we each took turns with a pair of really thick ski gloves on and a pair of blunt scissors, trying to snip our way through 10 layers of heavily sellotaped and wrapped boxes. You only had 30 seconds each and the rules were that you could only take one layer off at a time!

Still not sure what I mean? Watch this video I found on YouTube to give you more of an idea!

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 4!

Hide presents – we set an awesome I-Spy treasure hunt game a few years ago for our Trailers – it can be set around your own home really easily and makes finding the presents so much fun (my wife told me that year that the treasure hunt was more fun than the present – not sure what that says about my presents!).

You can download the game here!

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 5!

Go to a panto, and take the whole family. I still fondly remember my half blind gramps shouting “he’s behind you” when we all went to the panto one year as a kid. I am sure he couldn’t see what on earth was going on, but he absolutely loved it and it got three generations together having fun.

My advice – go local – all respect to the actors, but you often get the unplanned comical events happening!! This was always a good post-Christmas activity for us as well, as it gave us kids something to look forward to.

Did you know that here at Treasure Trails we put together our own Panto a few years ago? OH NO YOU DIDN’T! Oh Yes, we did – and here’s the proof:

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 6!

Dance to Christmas songs – and do it dad style. Don’t just leave the kids to it – do it, and do it proper. You could even do a Strictly come Christmas Dancing Special in your own lounge!

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 7!

Do something nuts!

This year, I am going to do my local Boxing Day swim in my trunks. Yes, people actually do this!

Don’t live by the sea? Why not go for a Boxing Day walk in your Hawaiian shirt, shorts and flip flops?

Operation Christmas Sparkle Idea 8!

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t suggest doing a Treasure Trail would it! The perfect post-Christmas activity to get everyone out of the house.

This year we are doing the Porthcurno Treasure Hunt themed Trail and have decided we will all be dressing up as pirates for the Trail!

What’s more, we are going to communicate using our Pirate names – if you would like to know what yours is then have a look at this Pirate Name Generator.

Hopefully you’ll join me in bringing back some of the sparkle this Christmas!

So rather than remembering the escapades of Paddington and Moz the Monster from the M&S and John Lewis adverts (other department stores are available, may I add!) you’ll remember all the great things you did with your family. And, with any luck, your kids may start to look forward to the festive traditions of your family Christmas more than all the presents they’ll be getting for Christmases to come!

Please let us know your Christmas Traditions (simply comment below), and make sure you’re not alone on this mission, as like Santa himself I have my own little helpers in the form of my “Christmas Mad” wife Lucy (they say opposites attract) and my ever-energetic children Max and Emily.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Max, Sam, Lucy & Emily

22nd November 2017

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Hay Festival Revisited

The Hay Festival was 30 years old this year! We go most years and again this year went along to enjoy a day of interesting speakers and brilliant atmosphere. We weren’t disappointed.

The Star Witness

Hay’s main reason for existing is to give authors a platform to talk about their work. The first author we listened to talking has been on our TV screens for 40 years. Not always in front of the camera as in his early years he was just a name on the credit list. But in all that time he hadn’t written a novel. And now he has!

Andy Hamilton’s recently published novel is called The Star Witness. Apparently it started life as a script for a play but Andy told us that it didn’t really work for him as a play which is why he turned it into a novel. I bought it on the day and read it almost immediately. An easy enjoyable read, I think I probably enjoyed it all the more for having heard Andy talk about it.

Hay Festival Revisited - Thirty Years Anniversary
Hay Festival Revisited - Mr Cleghorn's Seal

Mr Cleghorn's Seal

Just before lunch we had tickets for a talk billed as suitable for 6+. We didn’t want to sit through a heavy talk when we knew we’d be hungry! The marquee was packed and the excitement in the atmosphere was palpable. The interviewer came on and asked the audience if anyone there was 5, or 35 or 50. She then said or “nearly 94” and with that Judith Kerr came on stage.

Judith at nearly 94 is the author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea and around 30 other children’s books including lots about a cat called Mog. She was fascinating to listen to as she talked about her early life in Germany pre Hitler. The story behind her latest book. Mr Cleghorn’s Seal is based around a story her Dad hold her that happened to him before she was born.

Jonathan Unleashed and Nina is not OK

Our last talk of the day was in the company of Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi. They were talking about their comic novels. According to the programme Rosoff’s Jonathan Unleashed is a blisteringly funny, touching story of a man whose love life is going to the dogs. I hadn’t heard of Meg Rosoff but she was very funny in how she talked about her protagonist. Her book is now on my list of things I want for Christmas!

Shappi Khorsandi was very funny too. Her book is called Nina is Not OK.  They both read excerpts from their books and when Shappi picked up her book to read there was silence. After a few minutes she said “oh did you want me to read aloud”. The audience was in stitches!

Hay Festival Revisited - Jonathan Unleashed and Nina is not OK

I urge you to make a date with Hay Festival next year. You won’t be disappointed. And if you have time in between all those talks you can always have a go at the Hay on Wye Murder Mystery which is close to the festival site.

20th November 2017

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Things to do in Alnwick

We spent a super fun day exploring Alnwick this summer. This time we didn't visit the castle with its Harry Potter connections though.  It will give us something to do next time!

Barter Books

Barter Books is a unique experience.  It's a second hand bookshop based on the swap system. We took in 8 assorted paperbacks and in return were given a credit of £20. The bookshop is huge and we spent nearly two hours browsing the shelves. There is something for everyone from novels to OS maps. Cookery books to rare first editions. Poetry to horror and everything in between. Squashy sofas and roaring fires are the order of the day. After choosing our books we had a coffee in the old waiting rooms, now a cafe. Did I mention the whole thing is in the Alnwick Railway station - a listed building? Wonderfully nostalgic and enormous fun.

Things to do in Alnwick - Barter Books
Things to do in Alnwick - Treasure Trail Alnwick Castle

Treasure Trail

The Alnwick Treasure Trail starts in Barter Books. We had a friend with us who had a great time solving the clues. We stopped for lunch in Lilburns which had been recommended by Tony, the local Trail Writer. The route of the Trail passes the beautifully photogenic castle. Tony also recommended that when we got to the clue on the outside of the White Swan, we went into the building. Inside is the first class lounge of the sister ship to the S.S. Titanic - the S.S. Olympic! Incredible. The clue on the outside was a clever one too! Just after that we saw the archway that the A1 used to go through. Talk about a bottleneck! 

Treehouse Restaurant

In the evening we treated ourselves to a meal at the Treehouse Restaurant. What a treat it was. I had fantastic local oysters done three different ways - one with champagne which was heavenly. Stone bass which was fantastic followed and then sticky toffee pudding to finish filled me to bursting. The setting is wonderful and we highly recommend it. 

Things to do in Alnwick - Treehouse Restaurant

If you are heading to Alnwick, remember there is more to the town than the Harry Potter castle and gardens.

7th November 2017

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The Clock Puzzle

Ah, the clocks are changing this weekend. Never sure whether that's a good or a bad thing? It's darker in the evenings so I get home from work in the dark, but then again, when I wake up it will now be light!

Anyway, TIME for a puzzle (excuse the pun) to celebrate the clocks changing!

Can you solve the Clock Puzzle?

Instructions

We've picked 12 famous clocks from around the world.

First, You'll need to work out in which city each of the clocks are in the world and then work out what the time zone difference is from that city to UK time (or to be more precise GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or as it is sometimes called UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). It's important that you are not using BST (British Summer Time) – as you will get the wrong answer and as much as you may hope it isn't, summer is over for this year I'm afraid!)

Next...

Add all the time differences together and this will give you the final solution!

Why? Because it's good fun, and, we'll give away some free Trails to those with the correct answer who do it the quickest time – oh yes, did I forget to mention - you'll be doing this against the clock! Your challenge is to complete the puzzle in under 15 minutes! It's tough but we know you're up for a challenge!

Now Let's Get Started!

Read the information for clue number 1 to help you discover where the clock is in the world and what the time difference is from that city to GMT.

For example, if it was Sydney Australia, then the answer to number 1 would be +11.

Record your answers for each of the 12 questions on the time sheet (below) (or a scrap of paper) to come up with your final solution!

Submit your answer at the end and we'll tell you if you are correct or not, and how you ranked amongst the Trailers!

And don't forget to start and stop the timer.

NOW GO, GO, GO!

 

Don't forget to STOP the clock once you've solved the puzzle!

Oh and don't forget you can SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ANSWER to see if you were correct or not!

Clue 1

This clock is located in one of the busiest and most famous stations in the world. The Grand Central Clock sits atop the information booth in Grand Central’s main station. The clock is made of brass and its four faces are made of opal. A compass sits on top of the timepiece, which recently helped to ring in Grand Central’s 100th birthday.

The Clock Puzzle - Clue 1

Clue 2

The Glockenspiel only marks the time twice - at 11 am and noon every day, however, it also chimes at 5 pm between March and October. The chiming clock has 43 bells and is situated in Marienplatz square in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. When it rings, 32 life-sized figurines act out various events from the city's history, including the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine. Each show runs for about 15 minutes and finishes with a golden bird emerging at the top and chirping three times.

The Clock Puzzle - Clue 2

Clue 3

This clock holds the record for the world’s tallest clock tower (140 feet), it houses one of the world’s tallest hotels (Fairmont's 76-storey Makkah Clock Royal Tower), and boasts the world's largest clock face (42 metres wide). The clock also marks daily prayers with calls announced to the Muslim world from the tower's loudspeakers which are audible six kilometres away.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 3

Clue 4

Maybe the only large clock you can actually ride, this clock is fixed on one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world (369 feet tall). First built for a 1989 exposition, the wheel and clock lights up at night and offers great views of the city in which it sits. This city is the second largest by population in its country. It takes 15 minutes for one rotation – in case you were timing.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 4

Clue 5

Made of marble and stone, this sundial may not have the latest technology but it is so accurate there is just a 2-second margin of error – day or night. This "Supreme Instrument" was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 and is the biggest sundial in the world. Visitors can climb a flight of stairs on the gnomon (the part of the sundial that casts the shadow) to check the time from above.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 5

Clue 6

This floral clock is on the Canadian side of a place named after three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The clock features up to 20,000 seasonal flowers and plants and the design changes twice a year.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 6

Clue 7

This astronomical clock is believed to be the oldest one in the world still operating. Built in 1410, the clock features a dial which shows the position of both the sun and moon as well as a calendar dial to show the date and the zodiac sign for each month of the year. On the hour, every hour, wooden figures of the 12 apostles and other figurines move through the window above the astronomical dial. The city in which the clock resides is the 14th largest city in the European Union and is located on the Vltava river.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 7

Clue 8

Perhaps one of the most significant timepieces in the world, this clock is mounted on the wall of an observatory marking the Prime Meridian of the World at 0 degrees longitude. All other locations on Earth are measured using this line as a reference point. Installed in 1852, the clock is controlled by a master clock inside the building.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 8

Clue 9

This ceiling-mounted clock in the Cevahir Shopping Centre is one of the largest in the world with a face that is 35 meters in diameter. It only shows the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12, but with each being 3 metres tall, you won’t have any trouble telling the time!

Clock Puzzle - Clue 9

Clue 10

This City Hall held the title of tallest building in the world from 1901 - 1908, with a height of 548 feet. The famous tower has four clocks – one on each side. Each of the clocks is 26 feet in diameter. The building is topped by a 37 foot, 27-ton bronze statue of city's founder William Penn, which is the world's tallest statue atop a building.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 10

Clue 11

This clock sits on the Spasskaya Tower which overlooks a famous square. The Tower was built in 1491 by Italian architect Pietro Antonio Solari. According to a number of historical accounts, the clock on the Spasskaya Tower appeared between 1491 and 1585. It chimes on the quarter hour, with bells tolling for each full hour.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 11

Clue 12

This clock sits on a 245 foot clock tower and with the Beaux-Arts building was a primary point of arrival and departure from 1898 until the construction of a famous bridge in the late 1930s. Inside, a 660-foot-long skylit atrium that once provided access to ferries now houses shops and restaurants.

Clock Puzzle - Clue 12

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Photo credits

The following are the photo credits:

Clue 1: By Ingfbruno - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27955753

Clue 2: By Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1443071 

Clue 3: By commons:User:King Eliot - commons:File:Abraj-al-Bait-Towers.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36717582

Clue 4: By ajari from Japan - %u6A2A%u6D5C Yokohama_30, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9466531

Clue 5: By Rialfver - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11091797

Clue 6: By Dsdugan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45025699

Clue 7: By Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia - Astronomical Clock, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24306300

Clue 8: By Jcfrye at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Matasg using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6878131

Clue 9: "Photo by Babak Gholizadeh", CC BY-SA 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11913531

Clue 10: By Max Binder - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21847013

Clue 11: By © Milan Nykodym, Czech Republic, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29093469

Clue 12: By JaGa - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4120354

25th October 2017

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