Where would you like to explore?

Enter Location
Enter Location

A Staycation Summer Themed Ideas and Activities for the Whole Family!

Latest TT Strange Times News

Browse by section below:

Inspirational People –
For Inspirational Times…

A closer look at another inspirational figurehead…

>> Click here to be inspired!

Let’s
Get Moving…

Whether you’re inside or outside in your garden, try these fun ideas to keep your mind and body busy!

>> I want to get some FRESH AIR FUN…

Getting YUMMY
With it…

With a different recipe or foody suggestion for each issue, there’s no need to get food bored!

>> Yummy, yummy, get in my tummy!

Our TOP
Five…

A pick of five top items for this issue, ready for you to delve into…

>> Show me the TOP five items now!

Competition
Time!

Why not enter our themed competition? You could win a Treasure Trails gift voucher in preparation for when we can all get back out there!

>> Don’t leave me out – I want to win!

Puzzle
Time…

Exercise your mind as well as your body with our selection of quizzes!

>> Stretch my mind please…



Inspirational People – For Inspirational Times:

Joan and Patrick Laurance

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Joan and Patrick Laurance - image copyright of Family Holiday Association - https://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Joan and Patrick Laurance – image copyright of Family Holiday Association – https://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/

Family Holiday Association founders Joan and Patrick Laurance

For this seventh edition of TTST we are honouring two people whose names and work are probably not very widely-known, but who, through their selflessness and commitment to their cause, made an enormous difference to the lives of nearly 200,000 people.
Although many of us are fortunate enough to be able to take annual holidays, not everyone is as lucky, and for this reason a national charity which has been running for 45 years was born.

In 1975 North London couple Joan and Patrick Laurance desperately needed a break. Pat had been made redundant, they had suffered the loss of their three-month old baby, and had another daughter in poor health, but were unable to afford to go away. They and their daughter were invited to stay at a friend’s seaside home in Essex whilst the friend was himself away from home.

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Joan and Patrick Laurance stayed at Southend-on-Sea and an idea was born...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Joan and Patrick Laurance stayed at Southend-on-Sea and an idea was born…

The break was just what the family needed and back at home the couple felt refreshed. They decided then to do what they could to help other families in similar situations.

Pat was a local councillor and donated his expenses towards the launch of the new charity. He asked his fellow councillors to do the same and most agreed. According to Joan, “Pat could talk a cat into having puppies,”.

Pat and Joan also contacted friends and relatives to ask if they would contribute £50, or whatever they could afford. Joan also wrote to anyone else she could think of to ask for help.

Before long, the couple had the money they needed, and the Family Holiday Association had become registered as a national charity.
The next step was to write to their local social services department to ask if they knew of any families who might benefit from a holiday.

Joan and Patrick decided that for a family to be awarded a holiday, the family needed to be under stress and not to have had a holiday for three years. The couple were particularly keen that children should be able to see the seaside, as they had done.

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - the couple were particularly keen for children to experience the seaside, as they had done themselves many years previously.
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – the couple were particularly keen for children to experience the seaside, as they had done themselves many years previously.

Over the last 45 years the Family Holiday Association has helped nearly 200,000 people in over 52,000 families to get a vital break.

In addition to his work for the FHA Pat worked as a Samaritan volunteer, refereed youth football into his 80s and jointly ran an elderly people’s club. He continued to play tennis and table tennis up to the time of his death in 2008 and was a keen follower of Southend United and Essex County Cricket Club.

Aside from the FHA, Joan was involved in numerous other community activities, including serving on the former Hampstead community health council in north London. She was also a long-serving volunteer with Samaritans and the British Red Cross, and for many years helped crew a tea trolley on the wards of the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead. She was awarded a British Empire Medal in 1986 and passed away in 2019.

This extraordinary couple founded the charity on the belief that holidays are a lifeline, not a luxury, and this is a key principle that survives to this day.


Let’s Get Moving:

Time for some Physical Activities!

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Trust us -there's nothing better for exploring your chosen summer staycation destination than a Treasure Trail!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Trust us -there’s nothing better for exploring your chosen summer staycation destination than a Treasure Trail!

Okay, so we may be slightly biased, but we think getting out and about on a Treasure Trail is one of the best things you can do on your staycation!

As you may know, there are currently well over 1,000 Trails available and with locations across the UK there is sure to be one (or more!) near your home/holiday destination

Of course, you could just use our search function to find a Trail, but we thought we would use this edition of TT Strange Times to showcase some of the more quirky Trails in our catalogue; the ones with extra-special themes or backstories. But don’t despair if one of the ones we are showcasing this time isn’t near you! There are also the coastal path Trails, if you are looking for something slightly different…

Whichever Trail you choose, please remember social distancing if your fellow Trailers don’t share your household!

To read more about our quirky Trails, and to locate your nearest one, please click on the link below.

» Quirky Treasure Trails perfect for these “Strange Times”

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Bust out your inner Scully or Mulder - you have the opportunity to go UFO hunting in Wiltshire with a Treasure Trail!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Bust out your inner Scully or Mulder – you have the opportunity to go UFO hunting in Wiltshire with a Treasure Trail!

Getting YUMMY With It…

Bringing the Holiday Food Home!

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Yum! A traditionally pan-cooked paella...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Yum! A traditionally pan-cooked paella…

Just because you are not heading abroad on holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t try the sort of food you would be eating there.

And whilst you could, of course, go out and get a takeaway, or visit a restaurants for the first time in months (you are on holiday, after all) a fun alternative is to re-create at home the sort of dishes you could be eating if you were far away from these shores.

As well as cooking (or collecting) the food, why not really enter into the spirit by decorating your dining room (we don’t necessarily mean with paint or wallpaper!), or dressing up, to create an authentic holiday dining experience.

There is an enormous range of recipe ideas online, but we have had a quick trip around the world to select some of our favourite dishes; see our suggestions below:

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Find out how to turn these bad boys into Dauphinoise Potatoes...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Find out how to turn these bad boys into Dauphinoise Potatoes…
Dauphinoise Potatoes

Although theoretically a side dish, we see no good reason why you can’t consider this your main dish, served with a salad or fresh vegetables. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just don’t fancy meat tonight this French dish of deliciousness with its caramelised topping and creamy, cheesey, garlicky potato interior will just hit the spot every time. It’s a firm favourite in our house!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/dauphinoise-potatoes

Beef Stifado

If you are a meat eater, I can really recommend this beef stew – it’s especially delicious served with the potato dauphinoise!

We first discovered this dish when we lived in Cyprus for a couple of years many years ago and it has been a firm favourite ever since for the combination of tender beef, the rich tomato and wine sauce and the sweet shallots. You need to prepare it in advance as it cooks for quite a while, but it’s well worth the wait!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/user/650214/recipe/beef-stifado

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - This particular recipe looks "stew-pendous". It's okay, I'm here all week...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – This particular recipe looks “stew-pendous”. It’s okay, I’m here all week…
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Piles of paella. Stop licking the screen please...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Piles of paella. Stop licking the screen please…
Paella

A work trip to Valencia in Spain a few years ago introduced me to the delights of authentic paella, cooked traditionally in an enormous flat pan over an open fire, fuelled by orange and pine branches along with pine cones. The dish is infused by a wonderful smokey flavour. The restaurant was in a small, back-street courtyard, and I can still conjure up the atmosphere created by the smells, the lights etc.

Below is a recipe for a traditional Valencian paella. Feel free to modify it if you don’t really fancy the rabbit or snails… And if you don’t eat meat, take the chicken out too.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/user/797247/recipe/traditional-valencian-paella

Jerk Chicken

A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend a holiday in Jamaica, to celebrate a ‘big’ birthday – I am not saying which one!

Full disclosure here, I am not a fan of spicy food, but I am assured by my holiday companions that jerk chicken is absolutely delicious and a popular addition to a summer barbecue!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/jerk-chicken-rice-peas

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Jerk chicken - not just a derogatory term but a delicious spicy Caribbean recipe. Bring on the burn!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Jerk chicken – not just a derogatory term but a delicious spicy Caribbean recipe. Bring on the burn!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - A tiramisu with a view... Or just have the tiramisu at home if a view isn't available.
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – A tiramisu with a view… Or just have the tiramisu at home if a view isn’t available.
Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

If, like me, you can’t see the point of a meal without dessert, you are going to love this recipe. Perfect for a summer meal, and especially when we are just becoming able to have friends or family over again, this delicious twist on a perennial favourite, tiramisu (meaning ‘pick me up’ or ‘cheer me up’ in Italian) will delight your guests. Recipes named ‘tiramisu’ are unknown in cookbooks before the 1960, but interest in tiramisu in the United States increased in 1993 when Tom Hanks’ protagonist in the comedy Sleepless in Seattle heard of it only as a mysterious thing that modern women loved…

This woman loves it too!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/tiramisu-ice-cream-cake



Our TOP Five…

Staycation Activities

So many attractions and entertainment possibilities come with a hefty price tag now!

Well we all love a bargain, and you can’t get a better bargain than completely free!

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Why not get out and draw while on a camping trip?
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Why not get out and draw while on a camping trip?
Our TOP Five for this edition of TTST is therefore focused on our top five FREE things to do whilst on your staycation in the UK!
Climb a Mountain!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Snowdonia - complete with a rather large rock just waiting to be climbed!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Snowdonia – complete with a rather large rock just waiting to be climbed!

Many years ago, I climbed to the top of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) in North Wales, which is 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, with my husband and teenage sons.

I was far and away the least fit person in my family, and I did need a lot of encouragement on occasions when I was finding it hard-going, but the view at the top, and the sense of achievement for having made it, were well worth the calories and effort expended!

I was really proud of myself, and my super-fit companions were proud of me too.

Looking back at our photos from that day still makes me smile.

Go Camping!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Camping can be a fun, free activity if you find the right spot!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Camping can be a fun, free activity if you find the right spot!

My Snowdon adventure took place during a very enjoyable camping holiday in North Wales.

We were blessed with great weather and had a lovely time. Of course, it might not be possible for you to get to a campsite, but what’s to stop you camping in your back garden?

The biggest joy of camping, in my opinion, is the fun time with your fellow campers. Telling stories by torchlight, drinking hot chocolate, being warm, dry and cosy in your sleeping bag when you can hear the patter of rain on the tent roof, cooking your own breakfast in the morning – these are all wonderful shared experiences and create amazing memories.

And if you do end up camping in the back garden, you are nice and handy for a loo break or a snack in the night!

Head to the Beach!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - A trip to the beach - note the season accurate depiction of the British Summer.
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – A trip to the beach – note the season accurate depiction of the British Summer.

Did you know that the UK has 7,800 miles of coastline?

Or that the furthest away from the sea you can get in the UK is a mere 70 miles?

So, what’s stopping you?

Dust off that bucket and spade, unearth the windbreak, pack up your picnic and off you go! We would strongly recommend, however, that you avoid the more ‘obvious’ beach destinations, which can often be unpleasantly overcrowded. Or maybe you could just head down late afternoon/early evening, when the majority of beachgoers are heading for home.

Whilst you’re there, if sunbathing’s not your thing – or if there is no sun to bathe in – may we recommend a ‘beach art’ competition?

Agree a theme, and teams then collect whatever you can find around you to create your picture within the time allowed. Then enlist the help of a friendly passer-by to act as your judge.

Film Day!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Have a marathon Star Wars movie day. Kylo Ren, though hellbent on galactic destruction, still has time for a chat and check out this little girl's notes. Maybe they are detailed plans for a next generation Death Star?
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Have a marathon Star Wars movie day. Kylo Ren, though hellbent on galactic destruction, still has time for a chat and check out this little girl’s notes. Maybe they are detailed plans for a next generation Death Star?

Okay, so you may feel as though you have watched enough TV during recent times, but during inclement weather (not entirely impossible in the UK in summer!) why not indulge in a themed film day?

When my sons were younger, they and my husband would, once a year, have a ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ day.

Such days are not for the faint-hearted, given how many films there are in each of these series, and how long some of them are,  but with prior-preparation (lots of snacks) and commitment to the cause (wearing comfy clothes) they made it through.

Dyed-in-the-wool fans can take it a step further and dress up as characters from the films

So, go on, dig out those DVDs and enjoy!

Visit a Museum!
TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Museums - truly fascinating places where you can lose hours very easily...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Museums – truly fascinating places where you can lose hours very easily…

Some people tend to view museums as boring places.

To that we say, “You just haven’t met the right museum yet!”.

We are extremely fortunate in the UK to have such a wide range of museums to visit – and so many are free of charge! And after months of lockdown the news of the re-opening of museums was very welcome – almost as welcome as being able to get our hair cut again!

So, we say, if you fancy doing something a bit different during your staycation, check out the free museums in your area.

We promise you’ll find (out) something that may well surprise you!

Our Survey Says…

Those are our top five ideas for free things to do on staycation, but we’d love to hear yours too. Leave a comment or tag us on social media using #OurSurveySays to let us know your go-to free activity.


Competition Time!

The Cryptic UK Location Spotter Wordsearch

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Time to flex that brain muscle again and be in with a chance to win a Treasure Trails gift voucher!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Time to flex that brain muscle again and be in with a chance to win a Treasure Trails gift voucher!

For this edition’s competition we have The Cryptic UK Location Spotter Wordsearch.

Let’s see how well you can identify some UK locations from the cryptic clues provided!

>> Click here to download The Cryptic UK Location Spotter Wordsearch

Easy right? So, once you’ve got your final answer, send send it to us using the Entry Form below and include the hashtag “#UKCryptic“.

From all entries received, a winner will be chosen who will receive a Treasure Trails gift voucher!

Closing date for entry was midday, Friday 17th July 2020.

 

This competition is now closed.

Congratulations to Nigel James who was picked from all correct answers to receive a Treasure Trails gift voucher!

The answer was IRONBRIDGE.

The Clue was ‘Remove the creases from this card game for four people’.


Puzzle Time…

Time to Switch Thinking Cap Mode to ON!

If you are looking for some indoor entertainment, we are pleased to present our latest Virtual Trail.

They are nearly 200 years old, large, green, and regularly used by 37 million people.

What are they?

The 27,000 city parks which feature all over the UK!

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Escape to the green space to let your mind breathe!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Escape to the green space to let your mind breathe!

Although they were once seen as a radical and revolutionary proposition, they are now part and parcel of our towns and cities. The events of recent months have shown how essential our town and city parks are to people’s wellbeing – especially people without access to their own gardens.

They are also great places for us Trail writers to set clues!

Several parks may claim to be the UK’s first urban park (or what we would today consider as one) but a leading contender is Derby Arboretum, which opened its gates in 1840 and is often described as “Britain’s first public park”. Although green spaces and common lands had existed previously, as had private parkland and gardens, the park in Derby was the first to be deliberately planned as a place of public recreation in an urban setting. This city park still has many of its original Victorian ornaments and structure but has also been updated with playground and sports facilities. It is also said to have inspired the design of Central Park in New York in 1859.

So you now have the opportunity to go on a virtual visit to five popular public parks in the UK, solve the clues and get the code which is the solution. 

Click HERE or on the image opposite to download the Virtual Trail – and good luck.

(Stuck? don’t worry, the answers can be found here!)

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Time to NOT get out and explore those beautiful open green urban spaces with our latest Virtual Trail!
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Time to NOT get out and explore those beautiful open green urban spaces with our latest Virtual Trail!



LOVE what you’ve seen?

Then DON’T MISS OUT – sign up to our mailing list below to find out when we have even more fabbo stuff!


3rd July 2020

Posted In: Free Stuff, Ideas, Info, Puzzles, Quizzes, TT Strange Times

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sport for Health Themed Ideas and Activities for the Whole Family!

Latest TT Strange Times News

Browse by section below:

Inspirational People –
For Inspirational Times…

A closer look at another inspirational figurehead…

>> Click here to be inspired!

Let’s
Get Moving…

Whether you’re inside or outside in your garden, try these fun ideas to keep your mind and body busy!

>> I want to get some FRESH AIR FUN…

Getting YUMMY
With it…

With a different recipe or foody suggestion for each issue, there’s no need to get food bored!

>> Yummy, yummy, get in my tummy!

Our TOP
Five…

A pick of five top items for this issue, ready for you to delve into…

>> Show me the TOP five items now!

Competition
Time!

Why not enter our themed competition? You could win a Treasure Trails gift voucher in preparation for when we can all get back out there!

>> Don’t leave me out – I want to win!

Puzzle
Time…

Exercise your mind as well as your body with our selection of quizzes!

>> Stretch my mind please…



Inspirational People – For Inspirational Times:

Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016

British Paralympian Lauren Steadman

It was really tough to choose an inspirational sportsperson for this issue!
The word ‘inspirational’ is open to interpretation, but anyone who has achieved great success and has become a world-class performer in any sport is, in many ways, an inspiration.
But that would be an awfully long list!

Having recently seen her on the TV programme Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, my choice is triathlete Lauren Steadman, who was one of only two people to complete the course successfully.

Rio 2016, when Lauren took part as a Team GB Paratriathlete and took home a silver medal.

Lauren has competed at two Paralympic Games as a swimmer.

She subsequently specialised in Paratriathlon & represented Team GB in the sport’s inaugural entry to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, where she took home a silver medal. Lauren is a triple world champion and seven-time European champion – a title which she has won 3 and 6 times respectively. Lauren was born missing her lower right arm, however, according to her website, this has challenged Lauren to be the best she can be, and she relishes the chance to overcome barriers.

According to Lauren, her motivation for taking on the SAS challenge was no different. “I wanted to show people that just your true grit and determination can get you really far.” It’s the first time the Channel 4 show has invited a celebrity with a disability to take on the course. Lauren made sure she was given no special treatment, so none of the challenges were changed to fit her needs.

She says: “I said that I didn’t want to be treated as different, because then what’s the point?”

Lauren previously appeared on television in 2018 in series 16 of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with AJ Pritchard. She made it to the Semi Final and went on to perform in the live version of the show. She says: “I went on Strictly to change perceptions and show people that, actually, you can do whatever you want.”

In her time away from being a world class athlete, Lauren successfully studied for and achieved her Masters in Business after gaining her degree in Psychology.

What an inspiration!


Let’s Get Moving:

Time for some Physical Activities!

Let's Get Moving - Fresh Air Fun - Now the lockdown restrictions have started to be lifted, it's a perfect time for a Treasure Trail!

Okay, so strictly speaking Treasure Trails aren’t a sport, but you’d be amazed how the desire to be first to spot a clue brings out Trailers’ competitive streaks!

So forgive us for blowing our own trumpets, but our recommendation for fresh air fun this issue is to get out there on a Treasure Trail!
One of the many great things about the Trails is their wide appeal.

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t super-fit, or in the first flush of youth, the Trails don’t require great strength or talent – they can be done by almost everyone. And you don’t need a whole team (or opposition) to participate in a Trail – you can do a Trail on your own, or with your favourite team-mate(s). However, please remember social distancing if your team-mates don’t share your household!

Not everyone wants to be in a city right now, so we are featuring a list of our most remote Trails across the UK – all broken down into county. To read more about our remote Trails, and choose your nearest one, please click on the link below.

» Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds

Treasure Trails - Self Isolation Style - with over 1,000 to choose from there is plenty of choice for social distancing.

Getting YUMMY With It…

That good old family favourite – The PICNIC!

Getting Yummy With It... Time for a good old family picnic!

Our recommendations for eating this time are centred on that old favourite – the picnic!

And who doesn’t love a picnic? With an easing of lockdown restrictions we can now go further afield and enjoy our picnic away from our balconies, gardens and the local park – whilst still respecting social-distancing, of course, and remembering to wash our hands, or use wipes or hand gel if no washing facilities are available.
There are so many huge pluses to having a picnic!

We all know that being outdoors is a natural mood booster, as a change of scene and a way to breathe in fresh air, and we’ve heard a lot recently about the benefits of vitamin D we get from the sun.

There are so many lovely spots out there to enjoy a picnic...

A simple, relaxed meal away from the normal environment can encourage conversation, communication and family bonding.

Picnics can encourage healthy eating habits, especially if all the family gets involved in choosing what to include, amid discussions of the health benefits of certain foods.

Picnics are relatively inexpensive and, at a time when restaurants and cafes aren’t open, are your best bet for feeding the family whilst out and about – for example on a Treasure Trail!

The main things to remember when choosing your picnic food are to ensure you use a cool box/ice packs if it’s a hot day, include easy-to-transport and easy-to-eat finger food, consider a savoury ‘centrepiece’ that’s easy to divide up (just don’t forget your knife!), ensure a good range of nutrition, especially including fresh fruit and vegetables, and cater for any specific dietary requirements.

Is this the perfect spot for a picnic? Arguably, yes, as long as there aren't midgies constantly buzzing around your head...

My personal picnic of choice would include the following:

Chicken and avocado sandwich – perfect combination of flavours!
Cake – any, except one including dates! If pushed, hands-down favourite would be lime and coconut.
Carrot sticks and grapes – something healthy to counteract the effects of the cake!
Still water to drink if I am driving or being healthy – Pimm’s if not 😊

For some (less personal) inspiration of what to make and take on your picnic, we recommend you check out the BBC Good Food website – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-healthy-picnic-recipes



Our TOP Five…

Films with a Sporting Theme

Instead of sorting our sock drawer or learning to play the piano, as we initially thought we might do during lockdown, many of us have been watching many more films than normal in recent weeks.

In keeping with the theme of this TT Strange Times, we were discussing our favourite sport-themed films.

It soon became obvious that a consensus would never be reached on the Top 5 Sport-themed Films, and for this reason, the films listed below are quite simply MY top five – but I have listed them chronologically, as I found it too hard to rank them!

When considering watching them we recommend you double-check the films’ certificates, to ensure they are suitable for the audience at home. And by the way – don’t worry if you aren’t a huge sport fan, these films are all about so much more than the sports that appear in them!

Ooh - a man running on a beach - must be a copyright free image reference to Chariots of Fire then. Crank up the 80's synth and smoke filled oppressively dark black studio with a piano and random dated furniture in...
Chariots of Fire (1981) PG
Chariots of Fire (1981)

Nearly 40 years on, the film’s theme tune by the Greek composer Vangelis Papathanassiou is still instantly and widely recognisable and takes me back to the days of my youth when this film first came out. Some years later the videographer used the music as the background on my wedding video. I have no idea why, but it still makes me smile to this day.

Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two very different men who compete as runners for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Described by the late film critic Roger Ebert as “unabashedly and patriotically British” the film tells of Eric Liddell, a serious Christian Scotsman, who is driven to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith and Harold Abrahams, a Jewish Englishman whose aim is to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. We see elements of each man’s life as he trains for the competition, using running as a means of asserting his dignity.

This powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Field of Dreams (1989) PG
Field of Dreams (1989)

One of the things I love about this film is that it reminds me of the time when I lived in Alberta, Canada. Although the landscapes are not exactly the same, there is that sense of wide-open space and huge farms that are sufficiently different from where I live now that the Iowa corn farm in ‘Field of Dreams’ takes me back to a very happy time in my life.

What is even more powerful though is the heart-warming tale of dedication and inspiration brought to life by Kevin Costner’s character that proves that dreams can be not only achieved but built. “If you build it, he will come.” is one of the most famous movie quotes of all time.

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the players of the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Although ostensibly a film about baseball, it soon becomes apparent that this film is all about family and relationships; it’s a tear-jerker with a happy ending. 

That “magical” field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year.

This film ended up with three Academy Award nominations: for Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Jerry Maguire (1996) 15

My favourite quote from a 90’s move comes from ‘Jerry Maguire’ – “You had me at hello”. If you are unfamiliar with this quote or the film it comes from then you are in for a treat. With an engaging cast, led by a youthful Tom Cruise as the eponymous sports agent, this film was actually inspired by a real person, sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague. Redemption, love and the realisation that there are more important things than money, are the main themes of the story.

The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Tom Cruise), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor (for Cuba Gooding Jr.) who was the only eventual winner.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Remember the Titans (2000) PG

My over-riding memory of watching this film is seeing it for the first time (of very many!) with my young sons and my husband. An extremely powerful film, based on a true story, which has a variety of important messages, this film will make you laugh, cry and jump out of your seat when something unexpected happens. Showcasing the power of leadership, friendship and teamwork to overcome adversity and prejudice, this film tells the inspirational story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia.

At first, both white and black players refused to even speak to each other. Coach Boone (Denzel Washington) decides to take action and after a long struggle, the boys begin to understand the real meaning of ‘team’. The ongoing training under the strict guidance of Coach Boone made the players gradually ignore racial prejudice, and ultimately bring their community together.

Although it was not nominated for any Academy Awards Remember the Titans is widely recognised as one of the best biographical sports films of all time.

The film is currently available on YouTube, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus (subscription).

Bend it Like Beckham (2002) 12

This was another film I enjoyed with my sport-mad husband and sons on a Friday ‘movie and pizza night’ at home. Telling the story of two young women in London Bend it like Beckham is a feel-good movie, recommended for families with older children.

Although she comes from a traditional Indian family, Jess dreams of becoming a professional footballer, like her hero David Beckham. Although her parents are initially against her unorthodox ambition, it becomes clear that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream or follow a more traditional path.

While there may not be too many surprises, there are some fun action sequences and lots of laughs, and it’s great to see women’s sport promoted positively and enthusiastically.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Our Survey Says…

That’s our top five for some thrilling sports oriented action and entertainment – but as always – we’d love to hear your suggestions too! Tag us on social media using #OurSurveySays to let us know the go-to sporty movies that you turn to!


Competition Time!

Sporting Competition Time!

This edition’s competition is a straightforward I-Spy Challenge.  Well – as straightforward as Treasure Trails ever allows!

Take a good look at this picture taken from the Wimbledon Championships. You can click the image to enlarge it:

Now, can you work out the answers to these 3 following I-Spy style questions?

Easy: I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “1 B B Crouching Down

Medium:  I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “P and W F

Hard: I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “2 C W B F U

To be in with a chance to win the prize, you need to let us know the following three letters, along with your details when you submit your entry below.

1.  The 3rd letter of the 5th word of Clue 1.

2.  The 4th letter of the 3rd word in Clue 2.

3.  The 2nd letter of the 2nd word in Clue 3.

Easy right? So, once you’ve got it, send us your answer using the Entry Form below and include the hashtag “#I-Spy“. 

From all entries received, a winner will be chosen who will receive a Treasure Trails gift voucher!

Closing date for entry is midday, Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

Entry Form for #I-Spy:

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]

Puzzle Time…

Time to Grab That Thinking Cap Again!

If you need something to entertain you indoors we are pleased to present our latest Mini Trails!

A Proper Courtside Drama!

OK – so we know that sadly there’ll be no Wimbledon this year, but there’s no reason why we can’t imagine ourselves in SW19 as we solve a murder mystery. May we suggest a nice bowl of strawberries and cream as a snack whilst you are sleuthing?

In ‘A Proper Courtside Drama’ you will need to uncover who served up a slice of murder to legendary tennis umpire Diddy Seeit.

Simply find the answers to the clues and eliminate the suspects. When you have only one left you will know who allegedly bumped-off the umpire.

Click the image to the right to download the Trail – and good luck!

(Stuck? don’t worry, the answers for it can be found here!)


Great British Sports Venues

We know it’s not possible to actually visit main iconic sporting locations in Britain at the moment, but there’s no reason why we can’t VIRTUALLY visit them!

We’ve come up a MINI VIRTUAL Trail for you to explore with. All you need is a device with internet connection and access to Google maps and Streetview.

Click the image to the left to download the Great British Sports Venues Mini Trail – and good luck!

(Stuck? don’t worry, the answers for it can be found here!)




LOVE what you’ve seen?

Then DON’T MISS OUT – sign up to our mailing list below to find out when we have even more fabbo stuff!


19th June 2020

Posted In: Free Stuff, Ideas, Info, Puzzles, Quizzes, TT Strange Times

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,