Release your inner adventurer

There's a big kid in all of us, which is why, here at Treasure Trails, we believe all ages can get out there and enjoy solving sneaky clues as they explore!

Yes, the kids should have fun, but not all the fun! A family day out should be just that; something for the whole family to enjoy, including Granny and Grandpa too.

There's no sitting back and letting the kids get on with it on a Treasure Trail. Trust us, you'll be getting just as stuck in as they are, probably even more so! As you undertake your chosen secret mission, you'll be amazed at your children's clue-solving abilities and just how much they get into character to complete the mission. But, more importantly, your kids will be wowed by your incredible espionage skills and expertise!

So, when you're planning your next activity with the kids, be sure to prove that you can have just as much fun as they can and show them that you have what it takes to be a secret agent too!

Do you have what it takes to be a spy?

We think that you're never too old to be a secret agent, but don't take our word for it! We've got two great ways for you to prove it...

1. Go on a real spy mission

Ok, so a Treasure Trails spy mission hasn't come directly from MI5, but there are over 300 secret missions across the UK ready for you to complete. 

Once you've read your mission brief and are up to speed with the evil plot that you are trying to foil, you'll be following a self-guided route, solving clues and tracking down the intel you need to crack the code and save the day.

All you need, apart from your Trail booklet, is a love of fresh air and a sense of adventure. Your kids, along with your own inner child, will bring your mission to life, and if you have your very own Double 0 Gran or Gramps to join you, their expert spy knowledge will certainly come in handy! After a couple of hours of sneaking around, you'll have all walked a couple of miles and be back home with big smiles celebrating your successful mission.

To find your local Trail, simply type your town, city or postcode into the search box at the top of this page.

Good luck, Agents!

2. Take the quiz

The word on the street is that a new generation of secret agents, dubbed "Double 0 Gran", is on the rise. That's why we set out to find out which age group really does have what it takes. Our initial research revealed that 60 is the new 40, but whatever your age, your challenge is to take our spy recruitment quiz below to see if you'll be accepted onto our spy training course: Code Breaking 101.

Once on the course, you'll be taken through a series of training modules before being presented with your final test.

Will you make the grade? Which generation will come out on top? There's only one way to find out...

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More about Double 0 Gran

We had a great time with the grandkids" has been cropping up more and more in our Trail feedback, so we commissioned an independent survey to learn more about today's grandparents and were amazed at what we found out!

The results

It's official - 60 is the new 40, and old age doesn't begin until we're 76!

The survey of 500 grandparents across the UK has revealed that not only do modern-day pensioners believe they’re not actually old until well into their 70s but more than a third insists old age doesn’t begin until you’re over 80!

But what has caused this shift in mindset? Our research shows that more than one in five grandparents say playing with grandchildren helps keep them young and two thirds (64%) credit ‘solving puzzles’ with stopping their mind from deteriorating. This surge in energy means new-age grandparents think they can take on code-cracking, clue-solving careers. In fact, one in four feel they have what it takes to be a private investigator, and one in eight to be a spy!

The expert's view

Dr David Abrutat, Intelligence and Military Historian, says:

“Since spycraft began there have always been codes and ciphers to break, with data analysis that goes on behind the scenes. It’s so great to see that grandparents are still solving puzzles - perhaps the British intelligence services could see some new recruits coming through in their 70s!”

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