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Your Silly Signs


We see signs everywhere – from the roads to the shops, they surround us every time we leave the house. While some pass us by, other curious creations draw our immediate attention and make us go “ha!” or “huh?”. 

This week, we sent you, our local agents, out on a strange sign spotting mission to seek out the weird and wonderful signs and plaques from around your neck of the woods. Here are our top picks for your Silly Signs across the UK!  


Our No. 1 Silly Sign


Silly Sign Winner MISSION SIX


Location: Rye Harbour

Submitted by: Mike Stoner

Notes: I saw this sign close to Rye Harbour.  I guess it is a warning that you must not take your pet fish with you when you are out jogging!

Congratulations to Mike – A year’s subscription (print or digital) to a Warner Group magazine of your choice, as well as a 3 x Treasure Trail bundle to enjoy on your next staycation! 


The Best of the Rest


Silly Sign 1 Aberdeen MISSION SIX


Location: Aberdeen

Submitted by: Susan Middler

Notes: I think this sign, spotted above a door in North Square, Aberdeen, is spooktacular! 👻


Silly Sign 2 nr Lock Carron MISSION SIX

Location: nr Lock Carron

Submitted by: Jeff Jacobs

Notes: A890 near Loch Carron in the Scottish Highlands. It’s the No ferry addition to the place name which implies many people have tried to find it but definitely put a smile on our faces.


Silly Sign 3 Hyde MISSION SIX

Location: Hyde

Submitted by: Jennifer Bolan

Notes: The sign is above the phone box at the junction of Joel Lane/Higham Lan and Werneth Low Road in Gee Cross, Hyde. Nobody at all can explain how the sign got there or what it means! (Editor – we did some digging and this really is a bit of a mystery it seems! The meaning of TEIRIWNE or TEJRJWNE is much talked about but no one knows for sure. Theories put forward have it as an old word meaning ‘yarn spinner or ‘gossip monger’, Welsh for Tyrone, or just a local practical joke to confuse people!)


Silly Sign 4 Swindon MISSION SIX

Location: Swindon

Submitted by: Gareth Jenkins

Notes: Swindon town centre – someone was asleep when they painted this marking.


Silly Sign 5 nr Hexham MISSION SIX

Location: Wall, nr Hexham

Submitted by: Mrs Tish Easby

Notes: Entrance to Wall Village near Hexham NE46
This really is stating the obvious.
“Really! So where’s Hadrian?


Silly Sign 6 Herm MISSION SIX

Location: Herm

Submitted by: Sonia Field

Notes: A friend and I had just landed on the island of Herm and were beginning our clockwise walk around the coastal path when we came upon this sign. Neither of us decided to take up the challenge…We did laugh for quite a while though!


Silly Sign 7 Halesworth, Suffolk MISSION SIX

Location: Halesworth, Suffolk

Submitted by: Chris Wilkinson

Notes: They must have some odd-looking ducks there! Editor – or some rat-eating ducks perhaps?!


Silly Sign 8 Connahs Quay Wales Coastal Walk MISSION SIX

Location: Connah’s Quay, Wales Coastal Walk

Submitted by: Jean Brewerton

Notes: The confusion was that the sign is in mph and does not correspond to anything in the locality. Why 29 and not 30?


Silly Sign 9 Bricket Wood MISSION SIX

Location: Bricket Wood

Submitted by: Wendy Gill

Notes: At the Picture House, School Lane, Bricket Wood.
A historic listed building designed by architect Frederick Wallen c.1890.  The building depicts many sporting activities out of plaster panels on three sides of the upper floors.
This sign in the garden always makes me laugh and scares the children a little bit. 😂


Silly Sign 10 Island of Erraid, nr Mull MISSION SIX

Location: Island of Erraid, nr Mull

Submitted by: Alex Tomlinson

Notes: I guess I had better shut the gate properly then as 40 shillings will be hard to find in 2020!


Our Trail Writers’ Top Picks


Scratchy-Bottom Silly Sign

Location: Dorset

Notes: You’ll need to visit to see if the name fits!


Free Range Children nr Tenby Silly Sign

Location: nr Tenby

Notes: Sounds like a great place for kids!


Silly Toilet Sign Male and Female

Location: Somewhere in Wales!

Notes: Takes our obsession with the weather to a whole new level!


Your Next Assignment


Your sixth and final MISSION is now live! You have until 11:59pm on Wednesday 9th December to shout loud and proud about your local… tucked away treasures! 

We want to know all about the hidden gems that can be stumbled upon around your way and the fabulous facts that you want the world to know about! If you’ve found a tucked-away treasure in your local area, let us know! 



Get Social


Don’t forget to check out the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or find us on Twitter and Instagram! Follow us for MISSION UPDATES, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! 


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Love Where You Live: MISSION FIVE!


MISSION 05 Banner | Love Where You Live


We’re on the search for the UK’s coolest and quirkiest curiosities and want to hear why you Love Where You Live! This week, we’re asking you to shout loud and proud about your local… strange signs! 

Have you spotted any signs around your way that have made you go ha! or huh?”? From road signs to plaques and shop names, we want to know all about them! We’ll pick our favourites to feature in our Silly Signs blog post. 


Up For Grabs


As well as the kudos of being a TT #LoveWhereYouLive Ambassador, and the chance to have your local curiosities featured for all to see, you may be rewarded with a prize! 

All submissions featured on our Silly Signs blog will receive a Treasure Trails voucher. PLUS, our top pick will be awarded the MISSION FIVE Star Prize: 

A year’s subscription (print or digital) to one of the following magazines of your choice: MMM, Campervan, Caravan, Camping or What Motorhome, thanks to our friends at Warner’s Group. 

PLUS a 3 x Treasure Trail bundle to enjoy on your next UK staycation adventure! 


The Top Prize - Magazine Subscription | Love Where You Live




Your fifth MISSION is to go off in search of the silly signs in your area. Whether it’s road signs that point to nowhere or make no sense, directions to secret places (that aren’t so secret any more), pointless plaques or punny shop names, or any other curious and confusing signs that have made you stop in your tracks, your assignment is to seek it out down your way!  

Even if a sign seems fairly normal to most, but has made you stop and smile, then it’s fair game – just let us know why you think it’s a contender! Next time you’re out and about grabbing some local fresh air, keep those eyes peeled for silly signs and take a photo of your best entry. 

Submit your photo of what you’ve spotted, along with its details and yours, via the form below.  

Can’t get outside at the moment? If you’ve snapped a silly sign in the past, or if you can tell us about one but don’t have a picture, we’d still love to hear about it! Tell us what your local area has to offer in the way of strange signage, and you could be picked as one of our ‘favourites to feature’!  


MISSION FIVE Sign Inspiration | Love Where You Live




Submit the details of the signs that have made you go ooh”, ahh”, “ha!” or “huh?”along with your details and a photo (if you have one), via the form below.  

All submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday 2ndDecember. So, don’t delay – search around for those quirky curiosities today!   

We’ll announce our favourites and share our Silly Signs blog post on Thursday 3rd December, and we’ll contact all winners directly. We’ll brief you on the details of MISSION SIX then as well, so keep your eyes peeled! 




Sorry! The MISSION FIVE deadline has now passed, so we can’t accept any more brilliant and bizarre signs – you can see the winners here. Don’t worry; there’s plenty more you can get involved with! Take a peek below to see what’s coming up…


Want to Get Ahead of the Game?


If you’re seeking out strange signs or pointless plaques and discover something cool or quirky, it might fit the final mission, so take a look at what’s coming up too: 

MISSION #06: Not a lot of people know this but… tucked away treasures or facts.


Love Where You Live Mission Examples | Love Where You Live


Never Mind the Weather – Plan an Adventure!


Come rain or shine, a Treasure Trail is a great way to get outside for some fresh air and entertainment! 

Grab your local Trail and gather your household; enjoy your daily walk (with a twist) and delve into some family fun to brighten up the grey, wintery days. You might even spot some cool, quirky signs to give you some inspiration for your vital MISSION! 



Search for Clues Come Rain or Shine


Get Social


You can even post your silly signs to the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter and Instagram too! Be sure to use the hashtag #LoveWhereYouLiveMission5 for your submissions, and follow us for MISSION UPDATES, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! 


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