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Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way!

What is your idea for romance at this time of year? Some like to get up close and personal, others to stay anonymous and admire from afar. And there are lots of clichés and tried and tested ways of celebrating Valentines’ Day but some of our Trailers have put their creative hats on and used Treasure Trails and Treasure Trails Partners to help them win their love’s hearts!

Some names and some places have been changed to protect the guilty parties!

Fancy A Date?

Way back in the early days of Treasure Trails we received a phone call from a gentleman in Solihull who was looking for somewhere to take his brand new girlfriend and wanted a Trail that ended with a dramatic view to impress her and so she would remember him against that backdrop!  We sent him the Broadway Trail which we’d adapted so that it finished at Broadway Tower. They reckon 16 counties can be seen on a clear day from the top of the Tower!  We know that some dating sites suggest our Trails too – have a read of this blog post from Muddy Matches.

Will you marry me?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way! - She said Yes!
She said Yes!

In the words of a delighted bridegroom to be “I’m not sure if my text made it through to you ok but I just wanted to write and say a massive thank you for all of your help in pulling together the treasure trail for my proposal to Mel – it worked a treat! She honestly didn’t guess it and it was a pleasure to sit in the grounds of Warkworth church on a beautiful sunny day and pop the question.  We are now very happily celebrating our engagement and telling everybody the story – we’ve even started to think about how we could use the treasure trail idea as a theme for the wedding! You’ve helped make one very happy couple. I look forward to a long and happy adventure with Mel (completing many more trails I’m sure, only this time the slightly more conventional ones!).”  

Next come the hen and stag parties

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way! - HensWe’ve had literally hundreds of hens using our Trails to entertain their friends as part of their hen party day out or weekend away and we’ve had quite a few stags too!  It’s hard to choose which hen party to share with you as they all sound as though the girls had a laugh whilst retaining some dignity!  But this is a really nice story submitted by one of our TT Partners.

“A couple went on holiday to Prague for a long weekend and the groom-to-be omitted to tell his girlfriend that his rugby team were also going to be in the city. He took her onto one of the bridges for the obligatory photo, and duly got a shot of her with the river behind, etc. He then asked her to take a similar one of him. When she looked at him standing by the parapet, in the background was the neighbouring bridge. Lined up on that bridge were his rugby mates, each holding a very large letter up to spell out “Marry me Ruth”. We got the hens to re-enact it, just spelling Ruth, by using arms, legs, etc. on a bridge in Staffordshire. Went down a storm!”

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way! - Stags to the rescue!
Stags to the rescue!

Another of our Treasure Trails Partners created a stag Trail for a bunch of guys who spent their weekend cruising the pubs and bars of a Shropshire village dressed as pirates.  Their challenge was to track down the stag’s bride to be by following the Trail and working out through a series of challenges where she was being held. Being men of few words we didn’t really expect much in the way of feedback, so were pleased to get an email when they’d finished which merely said “Thank you that was fab – Ollie”.

The Wedding

Up in Scotland a young couple decided to use Treasure Trails to entertain their younger guests during the reception and commissioned a bespoke Trail around the venue.  It was presented as a wedding favour and gave the guests many of whom had come from afar something to do during the weekend of the wedding. Nice!

It’s our anniversary!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way! - Celebrating a special occasion
Celebrating a special occasion

James and Kathryn Woodhall celebrated their second wedding anniversary last year by doing the Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green and Jordans Treasure Trail. Kathryn explained, “We like walking and find the directions in the Treasure Trails easy to follow and they allow us to go for a walk with a purpose“. Kathryn is such a fan of these local Treasure Trails that she recently arranged a personalised one around Marlow for her sister-in-law and her friends to do on a hen party. Kathryn said “We had all had a great time together and had lots of fun“.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Treasure Trails Way! - Find us on facebook
Find us on facebook


If you’d like a bespoke Trail, get in touch and we’ll connect you with your local Treasure Trails Partner.

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12th February 2014

Posted In: Ideas

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Sherlock Holmes Quiz Answers

The answers to last week’s quick quiz were:

  1. Sherlock Holmes was originally going to be called Sherrinford – seems a pretty good name to me!
  2. Dr Watson’s original name was Ormond Sacker – can’t quite imagine this one!
  3. The name of the first novel Sherlock appeared in was A Study in Scarlet in 1887 – note to self to read it!
  4. Conan Doyle was 27 when he wrote A Study in Scarlet – and apparently it only took him 3 weeks to write!
  5. The Mark Haddon bestseller, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ took its title from a phrase in Silver Blaze – we were lucky enough to see the show before the roof fell in!
  6. Lake Conan Doyle is in South Norwood – not sure where that is though!
  7. The film ‘Sherlock Holmes Baffled’ was made in 1900 – and is only 30 seconds long!
  8. In 2002, Sherlock became the first character to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters, 2004) – love that we are bonkers enough to induct literary characters into real societies!

So now you know!!

6th February 2014

Posted In: Just for Giggles

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