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The BIG Household Treasure Trails Challenge 2021


The Big Household Treasure Trails Challenge

We’re super proud to announce the winners of The BIG Household Treasure Trails Challenge 2021. So congratulations to…


The Kilburn-Bond Family!

Treasure Trails 2021 Household of the Year!


The K-Bs, as they like to be called, worked hard, knuckled down and gave this challenge their all. With so many incredible entries, the competition was fierce, and very tough at the top, but The K-Bs emerged the winners with their household trail: The Missing Mountain Map Malarkey!


Treasure Trails 2021 Household of the Year


As well as the kudos of being named Treasure Trails 2021 Household of the Year, and receiving a voucher to get their next Treasure Trail adventure on us, The Kilburn-Bond Family have also won a real Treasure Trails version of their creation! Check it out below!

Well done to the K-Bs and a big thank you to everyone who entered. There really were some fantastic entries and evidence of lots of future Trail Writers in the making, so keep up the good work!


The Challenge*:

*Competition now closed – but you can still make your own trail just for fun!


There are five tasks to complete in order to create your household Treasure Trail.

Each task will go towards creating your final trail, so make sure you do them all! Ready? Get your thinking caps on and let your creative juices flow; your challenge begins NOW!

Good luck, Trainee Trail Writers!


What to do:


Start at the beginning with Task 1! Simply submit your answer to Task 1 via the form provided to check your answer.


Task 1

The warm-up


Complete our Virtual Trail. This is vital training for the challenge as your household trail will take the same format.

Mayhem in Palace Virtual Trail


When you’ve solved it, submit your answer below. Don’t worry if you didn’t quite get it right – it’s just a warm-up and all part of the training! Once complete, you’re ready to crack on with Task 2.


Once submitted, we'll email you back with the answer!

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Task 2

Create your backstory


Get your creative hats on and create a story for your treasure hunt.

First, choose your key elements: What’s missing? Why is it missing? Who’s looking for it and why? 

Then, build your story around this in no more than 150 words. If you need some inspiration, here are three of our favourite treasure hunt themed backstories to help you out!


Treasure Trails - London Bridge Treasure Hunt
Greater London – A Tale of Two Bridges Trail
Treasure Trails - Stoke Bruerne Treasure Hunt
Northamptonshire – Stoke Bruerne Trail
Treasure Trails - Keswick Treasure Hunt
Cumbria – Keswick – Down by the Lake Trail


Task 3

Plan your trail


Just like our Virtual Trail, you’ll need to create what goes in your 18 trail boxes! Follow our guide, and you’ll have a fun-filled household trail in no time!

Download the Task 3 Instructions first, and then your Planner (Word or PDF). You can also use our Trail Box Guide to help you visualise your trail if it helps!



Task 4

Dress the part


Whether you’re intrepid explorers or bold pirates, you need to look the part on your household trail! Create your own homemade outfits with things you already have – tin foil, kitchen or bathroom items, anything goes. When you’ve perfected your outfits, take a photo of yourselves, either in front of or somewhere in your home. This will be the front cover photo on your trail. Alternatively, if you’re more of an artist, draw a picture that sums up your household or your quest.


Task 4 - Create your own treasure hunt


Task 5

The big test


This is the most important part of your challenge; unless you test your trail, you won’t know if it works!

If you’re the kids, test it on the adults. If you’re the adults, test it on each other. If you all created it together, email it to a friend and then have a video call where they tell you where to go, so that they can test your trail for you!  

Once tested, make any final adjustments needed.

You now have your final trail! Write it up in neat, and add your own designs. Then next time you have visitors, you have an awesome activity for them to do around your home!


After all that hard work…


…you probably need a bit of fresh air! Check to see if there’s a local Trail near you that you haven’t done yet!


Stay active this half term with Treasure Trails



Happy Trailing!

The Team @ TT Towers


Competition T&Cs:

  • There is one star prize on offer: a Treasure Trails copy of your own Household Treasure Hunt.
  • There are five runner-up prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher also available.
  • Full prize details can be found in the competition post.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on the competition page, and then sending entry details via the email reply.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 1st March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household is permitted.
  • Any photos you submit must be your own, or photos that you have permission to use from the copyright owner.
  • By submitting photos, you confirm that the above is the case and are also giving us permission to share them on our website and social media channels.
  • Winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • Runner up winners of Trail Vouchers will be given a voucher code valid for a Treasure Trails download.
  • Winners of the star prize will be notified about their prize via email.
  • The winner’s names will be available on request and may be published on our website. By entering, entrants agree that their household name, and any images or trail content submitted may appear as such.
  • Prizes are non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.


4th February 2021

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Love Where You Live!


Love Where You Live Missions | Love Where You Live


We’ve been asking you, our local Agents, shout loud and proud about the place you call home!

From bizarre benches to magical murals, obscure oddities to strange stories, every corner of the UK has its hidden treasures and tales to tell.

We always try to bring you the best of these via our Trail routes, Clues and fact snippets. But we know there’s so much more out there that only those who live in a place will know about.

That’s why we tasked YOU with showing us all the reasons that you Love Where You Live by seeking out and sharing your local wonders, quirks and curiosities!


Love Where You Live: All MISSIONS Complete!


You’ve worked really hard on your assignments over the last six weeks, local Agents; you’ve done an amazing job of showing us why you Love Where You Live!

If you want to take another peek at your brilliant progress, check out our featured favourites below!


MISSION ONE: Brilliant, Bizzarre, Beautiful or Baffling Benches!

For your first MISSION, we asked you to scout around your local area to discover brilliant and bizarre benches. From the quirky to the curious to the beautiful views – any bench was in the running! Check out our featured favourites here.


MISSION ONE Top Winner - Britain's Best Bench!


MISSION TWO: You Know You’re In… When You Hear…!

Your second vital assignment was to keep an ear out for the curious sayings, weird phrases and wonderful wording that only makes sense to locals down your way. Scout out our featured favourites here.


MISSION TWO Top Winner - The UK's Most Wonderful Wording


MISSION THREE: Art-spotting

The third MISSION in your local expedition was to get out art-spotting and track down the magnificent murals and superb sculptures that your hometown has to offer. Find our featured favourites here.


MISSION THREE Top Winner - The Most Amazing Artwork on Offer


MISSION FOUR: Only Down My Way…!

The all-important fourth MISSION was to enlighten us about the weird and wonderful events, eats and traditions that can be experienced in your neck of the woods. Discover our featured favourites here.


MISSION FOUR Top Winners - The Best Events, Eats and Traditions to Experience


MISSION FIVE: Signs That Make You Go ‘Ha!’ Or ‘Huh?’

Your sign-spotting MISSION FIVE had you scouting around your patch for strange signs, wacky plaques and confusing directions. Take a peek at our featured favourites here.


MISSION FIVE Top Winner - The Silliest Sign to Find


MISSION SIX: Tucked Away Treasures

Your sixth and final MISSION to a little research and recon as you scoured your local area for weird stories, stunning sights, hidden gems and local legends. Discover our featured favourites here.


Mission 6 Winner - Pyramid Balmoral


A Dash of Inspiration


Just because the MISSIONS are over, it doesn’t mean the adventure has to stop! If you’re stuck for ideas and need a little dash of inspiration for some local exploring, we’re here to help! Grab your local Treasure Trail, gather your household together and start tracking down the hidden gems in your hometown today. 

Whatever you’ve got coming up in the next few weeks, add an adventure to your to-do list. 

“We love Treasure Trails! Been our go to socially-distanced activity of the year, including one for my husband’s birthday day out and one for my son’s birthday day out. Keep them coming!”

Diane – Rochdale  



Enjoy an Autumnal Adventure | Love Where You Live


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Remember, you can find Treasure Trails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too! Follow us for Trailing antics, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! 


10th December 2020

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