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A Family Microadventure

Hi, Sam here again.

Some of you may already know that I've become somewhat obsessed with Alastair Humphreys' 'Microadventure' book.

Here's a link to my previous Microadventure post if you've no idea what I'm on about.

After ploughing through the book with great excitement I was keen to get out there and experience a microadventure for myself.

Alastair Humphreys Microadventures

"But Daddy! Can I come on a microadventure with you?" said my adventurous 7 year old son Max.

"Err - OK. But we'll have to ask Mummy first", I replied.

After getting Mummy's approval, Max and I started to plan our maiden microadventure expedition.

The plan was to commandeer 'Grandpa Tim's' beloved boat 'Bonita G' and spend the evening onboard chatting together, reading adventure books by torchlight and sleeping under the stars.

The big day was quickly upon us!

Our bags were packed, we did a final check of the weather forecast and off we went on our first family microadventure.

It was all smiles when we started our 'epic' row out towards 'Bonita G'.

The Start of Sam and Max's Microadventure

Although we did encounter some noisy river traffic when we arrived.

River Visitors

Perfect reading for an adventurous 7 year old.

Reading Bear Grylls on the bow of the boat

Setting up our beds on the open deck before stargazing!

Setting up our beds

Reading the final chapters before bed.

Reading by headtorch

What a sunrise! And what a cheeky smile!

Microadventure sunrise

A hearty breakfast in the Captain's chair!

Breakfast in the Captain's Chair

First Mate Max making everything shipshape.

Making things shipshape

Wiping down the seats so we don't get wet bottoms on the row back to shore.

Drying the seats before we row ashore

Learning to row and just generally messing about on the river.

Taking the oars and learning to row

Saying goodbye to 'Bonita G' and planning our next microadventure together.

Saying goodbye to 'Bonita G'

Max and Cheeky Monkey chilling by the river after a great adventure!

A successful end to our first microadventure together

A few weeks have passed since our family microadventure.

Max is now back at school and I'm cracking on at work but one thing which remains constant is our fantastic memories of this special time which we shared together.

I hope Max will remember our first microdventure for a long time to come, I know I will!

We're off to the Lake District over half term and we've already started to plan our next microadventure.

I'll keep you posted!

9th October 2019

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Spooky Treasure Trails for Halloween and October Half Term


With spooky storylines featuring vampires, ghosts, werewolves, witches and wizards these self-guided Treasure Trails will take you on a ghoulish adventure as you crack cryptic codes en route to unlock scary stories from the past and solve the mystery at the end.


New for 2019, this Treasure Hunt tasks you with finding the evil wizard’s spellbook in order to break the curse that's been cast upon the city of Manchester.

Trailers will need to sink their teeth into this Treasure Hunt and help the local chef put a stop to Ivan Tsukyablud, the cursed vampire who is rampaging through the town and stealing all of his garlic!

Help a ghostly resident relocate her diamond crown on this Treasure Hunt before ‘Para’ Norman arrives in town to send her away...

Explore this seaside village on a Treasure Hunt where you’ll uncover what first inspired Captain James Cook’s love of the sea and learnt the secret behind the Mermaid’s Curse.

This circular Trail leads muggles on an adventure around the old market town of Alnwick stopping off at the castle which features in Harry Potter.

You’ll be haunted by the choice of Murder Mystery Trails in Winchester that follow routes unexplored by other Trails in the area. Look high and low for Clues… and ghouls of course.

One of the more creepy fixtures of costume shops at Halloween time of year, follow this route around Clerkenwell on this Murder Mystery - keeping an eye out for the local clown...

Avoid becoming bewitched on a driving Trail visiting the quiet lanes surrounding Pendle and solve the Murder Mystery surrounding the Pendle Witches.

This Treasure Hunt explores the secluded Pirate’s Graveyard and the ancient ruin of St Andrew’s Church. Lift up your patch and keep an eye out for skull and cross bones on some of the gravestones…

Go on a ghost spotting walk with this Treasure Hunt. Take in the high street, pass St Mary’s Church and the war memorial on this route around the Cotswold town.

Brave detectives - prepare yourselves for a ghoulish trip around Chester's spookiest spots on this 1.5 mile Mystery Treasure Trail

Where will You Explore this Halloween and over October Half Term?


All of our Treasure Trails are designed to appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure; from Jonathan Creek wannabes trying to solve a detective mystery, to Count Dracula inspired code crackers on a Spy Mission.


7th October 2019

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