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Need some ideas and inspiration for some fun things to do and great places to go? Here are some useful suggestions for a wide range of experiences to help prevent boredom, or to liven up that party you’ve volunteered to organise.

An Afternoon in London – Things to do around Borough Market and the Tate Modern in London

We had an afternoon to spare in London. And we certainly made the most of it!

Borough Market

Arriving at Borough Market, our senses went into overload. With eyes as big as saucers, we wandered past enormous polished fruits and vegetables. They were huge and in some cases very alien looking! The cheese stalls had giant wheels stacked high. The olive oil salesmen behind tables with their little bowls of golden liquid shouted “try me”!

It was a riot of colour and noise.

An Afternoon in London - Borough Market
An Afternoon in London - Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings

We escaped down a quiet alley (Stone Street), past Southwark Cathedral, The Clink and on to the river. I’d have liked to dawdle round the Cathedral and gawp at the contents of the Clink, but little hands were pulling to see the boats and the water.

The views as we reached the Thames were stunning in the sunlight. St. Paul’s to our left and the modern skyscrapers to our right.

Street Art

Wandering along the river bank we enjoyed the street art, buskers and performers until eventually we arrived at our next destination - the Tate Modern. We had timed tickets but we were several hours too early.

With lots to catch up on, we drank iced coffees in the Tate’s cafe and then moved on to Gail’s for tea and cake.

An Afternoon in London - Street Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Modern Art

So we eventually went into the Tate - we were there to see the Olafur Eliasson In Real Life exhibition. The exhibits were amazing. Different, memorable and a truly immersive experience. We stumbled along a fog corridor, past our dancing reflections, down a kaleidoscope tunnel and lots more.

Loved it. There were lots of kids enjoying it especially at the end when there was a whole heap of stuff to build models out of!

An Afternoon in London - Modern Art
An Afternoon in London - Modern Art

Back out in the sunshine, it was time for cocktails as afternoon slipped into evening!

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5th November 2019

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A Treasure Trails Wedding!

Sue and Roger are avid trailers living in Haworth. They both have a love of Cornwall and a love of Treasure Trails, having completed over 100 Trails together, predominantly in Yorkshire and Cornwall.

The Proposal:

After many years together Roger eventually proposed, he even used a typical trail style clue to do the deed. 13,1,18,18,25  13,5. In socks! (but that’s another story).

The Proposal Part 1 - a Treasure Trails Wedding
The Proposal part 2 - a Treasure Trails Wedding

The Plan:

Roger so wanted a wedding in their beloved Cornwall but thinking of the distance guests would have to travel, Sue was not so sure. She had to come up with a better plan!

A lovely hotel that was registered for weddings, the Steam Train that runs through Haworth for the reception and a Treasure Trail set on the train to keep the guests busy. Roger was sold on the idea.

Time to email Jane, the Yorkshire Trail setter. Could you? Can we? Will you? (how much?!).

She said YES!

Jane suggested that Roger and Sue planned it themselves, making it personal to them. She would then support them by proof reading the Trail, ensuring it was in ‘trail speak’ and finally put it into the official Treasure Trail format.

The wedding day was sorted!

After spending several weekends visiting the stations on the line, ascertaining that clues created were based on permanent fixtures, ensuring clues could be solved without leaving the train at the intermediate stations, (with an opportunity to stretch the legs at either end with clues on the platform whilst the engine turned around), the Trail was complete. It was good that they were able to create answers that were personal to themselves, using a mixture of local names, Cornish names etc and that the backstory was their own as well.

Where was the key to the honeymoon suite?

The Happy Couple - Roger and Sue on their wedding day
The Wedding Treasure Trail - find the key to the honeymoon suite!

Happy Treasure Seekers:

Hoping everyone would take part, they were not disappointed. Some family members were already Treasure Trailers but others would be seeing a Trail booklet for the first time, but hopefully not the last! It exceeded their expectations with not only a majority of guests taking part but also seeing guests working together who hadn’t met each other before that day.

The Wedding Trail 1 - Solving the Clues at the station
The Wedding Trail 2 - Clue solving on the KWVR

Thank you to all guests who took part and good luck in the monthly prize draw to those who submitted the correct answer!

Before heading off on their honeymoon in Cornwall and even more Trailing, Sue and Roger wish to thank Yorkshire Trail setters Jane & Neil for their help and support, as well as Aaron and his team at HQ, keep up the good work.

The Wedding Trail 3 - Happy Clue Solvers
The Wedding Trail 4 - Searching for Treasure Trails Clues on the Wedding Trail

9th October 2019

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