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Britain’s Brilliant Benches

 

When is a bench not a bench? 

When it’s a curiosity, a work of art, a window to a stunning view, a much welcome resting spot or a fitting tribute. 

We sent you, our local explorers, out on a mission to seek out the most brilliant or bizarre bench in your local area. Here are our top picks for Brilliant Benches – Mission Complete! 

16 of Britain’s best brilliant benches:

 

Ideas bench – Dorchester, Dorset

Britain's Best Bench!

 

Spotter: Jacqui Fogg

Bench intel: This bench is the perfect spot to take some time out, reflect, and come up with new ideas!

Heads bench – Cockington, nr Torquay

 

Heads bench - Cockington, nr Torquay

Spotter: Jon Cornish

Bench intel: Some great history of past residents on these heads!

Xylem Voices – Alderbrook viewpoint, Surrey Hills

Xylem Voices - Alderbrook viewpoint, Surrey Hills

Spotter: Liz Grant

Bench intel: It is called Xylem Voices and was designed by sculptor Walter Bailey. Made from oak, it represents six xylem vessels which are the way trees transport water up their trunks.

Castle bench -Chepstow Castle

Castle bench -Chepstow Castle

Spotter: Gareth Jenkins

Bench intel: A stunningly carved castle bench!

Diving helmet bench – Whitstable, Kent

Diving helmet bench - Whitstable, Kent - interactive brilliant bench

Spotter: Diane Berry

Bench intel: If you sit where the diving helmet is, you can sit with your head in it!

Fun fact:  Whitstable harbour was the first place to develop an underwater breathing apparatus.

Keyboard bench – Perivale Park, West London

Keyboard bench - Perivale Park, West London

Spotter: Allen Tsui

Bench intel: Fantastic keyboard bench in memory of English pianist Nikky Hopkins.

Treorci bench – Rhondda Valley, South Wales

Treorci bench - Rhondda Valley, South Wales

Spotter: Claire Williams

Bench intel: It represents the musical heritage of Treorchy Male Voice Choir, singing throughout the mountains of the valley.

Lock view bench – Loch Vanachar, Scotland

Lock view brilliant bench - Loch Vanachar, Scotland

Spotter: Vivian Viljoen

Bench intel: Just a bench with a stunning view!

Colour change bench – Alresford Creek, nr Wivenhoe, Essex

Colour change bench - Alresford Creek, nr Wivenhoe, Essex

Spotters: Richard Martin & Sarah Sherratt

Bench intel: The colours on this bench change depending on which way it’s viewed and are amazing in the sunlight.

Question benches – nr Barbican Tube Station, London

Question benches - nr Barbican Tube Station, London - multiple brilliant benches

Spotter: Sonia Field

Bench intel: Part of ‘Around the Corner’ – a commission inspired by a quote from the novel ‘Jacob’s Room’ by Virginia Woolf. Follow the words to get to the end of question!

Afternoon tea bench – Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire

Afternoon tea bench - Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire

Spotter: Susan Middler

Bench intel: Time for tea and cake on this fab bench. The perfect ending to any adventure!

 

Brilliant benches spotted by the team at TT Towers

 

A selection of our favourite brilliant benches spotted by our Trails Writers and TT Towers Team on our explorations!

Framed view bench – Falmouth, Cornwall

Framed view bench - Falmouth, Cornwall

Spotter: Jacqui

Bench intel: Just a great spot for a photo! I love the way the stones frame this view.

Bench poetry – Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Bench poetry - Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Spotter: Neil

Bench intel: Whilst we don’t usually set clues on benches (someone might be sat in the way!), we do often spot unusual ones to point out in a Trail, like this fantastic limerick tribute!

Welcome ceramic bench – Stone, Staffordshire

Welcome ceramic brilliant bench - Stone, Staffordshire

Spotter: Ivan

Bench intel: Created by local school children in 2008, this Welcome to Stone bench certainly gives a warm welcome to any secret agents on the Stone Spy Mission!

Bench with a view – South Bay, Scarborough

Bench with a view - South Bay, Scarborough

Spotter: Jane

Bench intel: Another bench in Scarborough, but it does have so many! This is one I got to sit on and enjoy sharing the view with my dad a few years ago. I took in the castle views whilst Dad enjoyed a spot of birdwatching.

Very long brilliant bench – Stourhead, National Trust

Very long brilliant bench - Stourhead, National Trust

Spotter: David

Bench intel: This bench is perfect for social distancing, or for a very large group not to have to squabble for a spot!

Do YOU have a better brilliant bench near you!

 

If you have a better bench where you live, we’ve love to see it! Post your brilliant benches on the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter and Instagram to show it off!

Get bench spotting on your local Treasure Trail

Stay Active Brilliant Benches

Spice up your local walk with a Treasure Trail, safe in the knowledge that you can take a rest on a bench at anytime! Treasure Trails offer self-guided treasure hunt, detective mystery or spy mission themed adventures across the UK, and we can officially guarantee you’ll pass at least one bench in every Trail!

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Love Where You Live: MISSION ONE!

 

MISSION 01 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… benches!

Brilliant benches, bizarre benches, bafflingly-placed benches… Anything goes, so long as it’s a bench! We’ll pick our favourites to feature in our Brilliant Benches blog post.

 


Up For Grabs

 

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

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

A box of Cornish Pasties from our friends at The Cornish Hamper Store!

 

The Top Prize - Cornish Pasties | Love Where You Live
The TOP Prize – Cornish Pasties! Meat, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

 


MISSION ONE Details

 

Your first MISSION is to seek out the best, most brilliant or most bizarre bench you can find in your local area. It could be one you already know about, or you could set out on a special mission to track one down! 

Take a photograph; just the bench, or with you on it – you decide!  Then, submit your photo along with your bench details via the form below. 

Can’t get out exploring at the moment but have a great bench story? We’d love to hear about that too! Have you met your soulmate on a bench or had a moment of inspiration? Let us know, and you could still make our ‘favourites to feature’! 

 

MISSION ONE Bench Inspiration | Love Where You Live

 


MISSION ONE Deadline

 

All submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday 4th November. So, don’t delay – get out bench spotting today!  

We’ll announce our favourites and share our Brilliant Benches blog post on Thursday 5th November, and we’ll contact all winners directly. We’ll brief you on the details of MISSION TWO as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

 


THIS MISSION IS NOW COMPLETE!

 

Sorry! The MISSION ONE deadline has now passed, so we can’t accept any more brilliant and bizarre bench submissions – 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 spot something cool or quirky that’s not a bench, it might fit a later task, so take a look at what’s coming up too: 

MISSION #02: You know you’re in _______ when you hear  _________ - quirky sayings from around your way! 

MISSION #03: Art-Spotting  - from the classic to the surreal to the unexpected! 

MISSION #04: Only down my way… events, eats and traditions that only happen in your neck of the woods! 

MISSION #05: Signs that make you go ‘ha’ or ‘huh?’. 

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

 


Take on a Half-term Expedition

 

If you’re stuck for ideas and need a little dash of inspiration, or if you’re feeling adventurous this half term, look no further!

Our Trails are a great way to explore all the nooks and crannies of your hometown with your household. All you need is your local Treasure Trail and a sense of adventure – you never know what you might discover!

 

 

Solve Clues on a Treasure Trail | Love Where You Live

 


Get Social

 

You can even post your brilliant benches to the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter and Instagram too! Be sure to use the hashtag #LoveWhereYouLiveMission1 for your submissions, and follow us for MISSION UPDATES, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! 

 


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