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A Great Day Out and So Say All of Them!

Treasure Trails are very lucky to be an activity that is reviewed on occasions by customers on their own blogs; on Trip Advisor; Twitter and Facebook. And whilst we don’t usually blow our own trumpet we do want to share some of the reviews we have had in recent weeks:

Blogs

Rachel from the North West says in her blog post “I really do love doing these treasure trails, you get to see a town/city in a different way, we saw sights of Manchester that we wouldn’t normally go to and they were like hidden gems”.

We loved this comment from Jen from Manchester “I’m not going to lie, it was a little embarrassing walking around like a tourist following paper directions, but it was worth it by the end when we solved the case and finished up with ice cream on the beach. So I’d recommend these trails for something different to do. We got pretty into it and it was a nice way to see the town”

Sandy in Dorset was reviewing the The Gardens at Minterne House where there are three Treasure Trails and commented  “I am a fan of Treasure Trails, and have enjoyed solving clues to complete these all over Dorset”

And Sarah Ann in Glasgow is another Treasure Trails fan.  She has done three so far in her home town and has reviewed them all on her blog. Read about Glasgow West end and Glasgow Cathedral Murder Mystery Trails by clicking on the Trail names.

 

A Great Day Out and So Say All of Them! - Four cousins starting the Petersfield Trail
Four cousins starting the Petersfield Trail

Twitter

Tweets are an interesting source of quick 140 character reviews. What follows is a small selection of recent relevant tweets.

Jade-Louise Edwards ‏@jadeedwards83 tweeted “I’m addicted to @TreasureTrails, so much fun and a great day out with the family seeing places you wouldn’t necessarily normally see”

Morag ‏@mc_iona  commented “thanks to the very efficient people @TreasureTrails for swift delivery of 2 trails – entertainment for holidays sorted!”

Sarah Trethowan ‏@sarahatTRAC  sent us a photo and said “Taking a break from @TreasureTrails in St Mawes yesterday. Tricky but we got there in the end! Great value family fun”

Paul Shaw @paulshaw tweeted “learning local history for next clue. Education and exercise wrapped up in fun #treasurehunt Thanks @Teasuretrails”

 

A Great Day Out and So Say All of Them! - Celebrating a birthday by exploring Bakewell!
Celebrating a birthday by exploring Bakewell!

Facebook

And we also get messages on Facebook too.  Katie said “Myself and my husband love doing your Treasure Trails. They are a great way to explore a place” and Jon sent a message telling us “Had a great day out with the family on Chester the east gate clock trail! We completed the trail but got stuck on one clue! We couldn’t find the rhinoceros with red hot toes!” We were delighted to hear from Janet who said “Hi tried one of your trails today in Delph, Lancashire for the first time, it was fantastic and can’t wait to buy and try more will keep my eyes peeled for more around here” and we loved Lorna’s message “Hello. Very much enjoyed our first Treasure Trail, around Mevagissy. Can’t wait to do another Treasure Trail, even though we are both grown adults!”

Trip Advisor

Very gratifying are the public reviews on Trip Advisor which we are so delighted about. Recent comments are from couples, families, friends and work teams.

“Excellent way to spend a few hours – My husband and I have done several of these trails around the country and have found them to be very enjoyable. They are not too difficult nor too easy and I think they are such good value for money. You can get one for virtually any part of the country – I would thoroughly recommend to families, couples and groups of friends.”

“Wandering around Westminster – We were looking for something to do with 6 girlies ranging from 6 to 53 before seeing singalong Frozen . This trail fitted the bill beautifully. We stopped for a picnic in Green Park and ice cream on the mall where we also saw a parade. We got stuck twice but the text worked and we were able to carry on. The length was just right and we solved the mystery before heading to the theatre.  Thank you for a great day out.”

“Always great fun – Three friends and myself have completed several trails in different parts of the country including; Fareham, Gosport, Petersfield and Chichester down South and Worcester and Tewkesbury in the Midlands. We’ve also completed the drive and walk one around the Malvern Hills. We are all, well three of us anyway, retired ladies and have such fun while completing them. There are always great places to stop for coffee or lunch on the way round – in Petersfield, a pub called the Black Sheep has a range of platters to share. We had the Spanish one between the 4 of us and it was fantastic. The trails also take you to places that are quite off the beaten track. I lived in Tewkesbury for 3 years in the 90s but didn’t know about half the places. There is no rush to finish a trail and if you want a leisurely look round, ie Chichester Cathedral then you can and continue on the trail afterward. There are always places to have a picnic if the weather is going to be good or to just sit and watch the world go by. Treasure Trails are really great value for money, giving you a couple of hours, at least, of entertainment and some exercise to boot. I would thoroughly recommend you to have a go if you haven’t tried one already. My first one was a gift from a friend and that led to all the others I have tried.

“Pendle Witch & Glasson Docks – We have now done 2 trails & love them, myself, husband & 13 year old daughter. I feel that they allow you have “walks” with something to do. We are already looking for our next one.”

“A great team building activity – We were looking for a good value activity for small teams and purchased the two Winchester trails. It’s always difficult to find activities for mixed groups of different ages and interests but this went down really well. I’d recommend for team building (plenty of pubs and coffee shops en route which helps!). Having read other reviews I may now try some trails with family & friends and lots of my colleagues have said they will too. Highly recommended!”

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed and if you have something to say, we’d love to hear from you.

 

3rd September 2014

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World Heritage Sites – Castles and Cathedrals Spotlight

UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites shows 28 sites under the UK and three of those sites are castles and cathedrals.

The Dalai Lama said “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”.  We like that sentiment. So, if you haven’t been to these three World Heritage sites, do plan a weekend or week long break to explore them.  Naturally, Treasure Trails have murder mysteries, spy missions and lost treasure hunts close to all three!

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

World Heritage Sites - Castles and Cathedrals Spotlight - North WalesReason it is a WHS: The castles of Beaumaris and Harlech (largely the work of the greatest military engineer of the time, James of St George) and the fortified complexes of Caernarfon and Conwy are located in the former principality of Gwynedd, in North Wales. These extremely well-preserved monuments are examples of the colonization and defence works carried out throughout the reign of Edward I (1272 – 1307) and the military architecture of the time.

About the Trails:

We have a nice selection of Trails in North Wales with one each in Conwy and Caernarfon as well as one in Beaumaris.  We’d recommend starting in Caernarfon and investigating the town dominated by its castle and then heading north east to Conwy to enjoy this medieval walled town also with a castle. Both towns are a delight to explore with their selection of independent shops and cafes along the Treasure Trails’ routes.

Another thing to do in North Wales:

A must do when in North Wales is to head to Snowdonia National Park and the biggest mountain in Wales and England. And the best thing of all is you don’t have to walk up it, but can catch the train! Top tip is to do what we did, buy a single ticket and walk down – the views are stunning.

Durham Castle and Cathedral

World Heritage Sites - Castles and Cathedrals Spotlight - DurhamReason it is a WHS:  Durham City grew around the tomb of St Cuthbert. As many pilgrims came to seek healing at his shrine, the busier and wealthier the town became. When William the Conqueror was King, he recognised Durham’s excellent situation on a rocky outcrop in a bend of the River Wear, and the building of the Cathedral and Castle together became of powerful political importance. The Prince Bishops of Durham were appointed as religious and military leaders, with all the powers of the King, to protect England from invading Scots.

The Cathedral was a glimpse of Heaven to visiting pilgrims and the Castle an imposing fortress, symbols of spiritual and military medieval power. Now a World Heritage Site and the greatest Norman building in Britain, a visit to Durham Cathedral is truly unforgettable.

About the Durham Trails:  

There are five Treasure Trails around Durham City so families and groups are spoilt for choice!  The one that will give the best views of the Cathedral and the Castle is the Murder Mystery, but if you want to head into the Cathedral, then we’d recommend the City of Durham Treasure Trail which starts outside the Gala Theatre in Millennium Place and is circular. There are numerous places to stop for refreshments, and there are public toilets halfway round and on Palace Green near the Cathedral. Each Trail will take a whole morning or afternoon if you aren’t diverted by the shops, cafes and attractions along the way, but hey why not take all day over it!

Another thing to do in Durham:  

Talking of Heaven, the number one Trip Advisor attraction in Durham is the Peterlee Parachute centre!  Obviously this isn’t something that all the family can do in an afternoon having completed  a Treasure Trail in the morning, but I was fascinated that it scored so highly on Trip Advisor!  For something to do that is more down to earth, or water, head to the sandy beaches of Seaham with its five star water quality and bracing air!

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church

World Heritage Sites - Castles and Cathedrals Spotlight - CanterburyReason it is a WHS:  Canterbury in Kent, has been the seat of the spiritual head of the Church of England for nearly five centuries. Canterbury’s other important monuments are the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England; the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint’s evangelizing role in the Heptarchy from 597; and Christ Church Cathedral, a breathtaking mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.

About the Canterbury Trail:  

The Trail starts and finishes in the Butter Market next to the Cathedral and wends its way amongst narrow medieval streets, through parks and water meadows and across millstreams. In addition to Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales reference, you will see tributes to dramatist Christopher Marlowe and Charles Dickens as you explore. It should take around two hours leaving lots of time to enjoy the wander.

Another thing to do in Canterbury:  

Canterbury may be steeped in history, but it is bang up to date with an app available to download created for the tourists.  With a wealth of things to do, there is bound to be something for your group whatever their ages. Our vote though goes for a trip round Canterbury Museum to see Bagpuss who slumbers in a display case there along with Professor Yaffle, Gabriel the toad and rag doll Madeleine.  Also on display are Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine and the Clangers who are all from the worlds created by Oliver Postgate. Oh and there is a display devoted to Rupert Bear too as his creator is buried in Canterbury.

Look out for more posts on World Heritage sites in the future, but in the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these three places – have you been? What did you like best about them or would recommend people did when they visited?  Tell us about your experiences and share with us your photos.  Head to our Facebook page and upload!

20th August 2014

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