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Muddy day trip: taking the treasure trail


Kids are arguing over the Xbox controller. Already? Aaaargh!! Do not despair. I’ve just found something totally cool and different to do with the Mini Muddies in the hols and it’s so cheap it’s almost free. It not only gets you out and about but allows you to explore some of our great county’s wonderful towns in a really fun way. It’s self-guided themed Treasure Trails and it screams ‘holiday saviour’ if not for this Easter, then definitely one to keep up your sleeve for the epic summer holiday break *hyperventilates*.


Like the most brilliant ideas, it’s very simple. You can choose between three themes; a Treasure Hunt, a Spy Mission or a Murder Mystery, and at the outset of each Trail the ‘mission’ is given – to find the treasure, crack the spy code or discover ‘whodunnit’. In Kent there’s a Murder Mystery Trail in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a Treasure Hunt Trail in Maidstone and a Spy Mission Trail in Canterbury, above, to name but a few.

Watch this 90 second “What is a Treasure Trail” video for a simple explanation!


The friend who told me about Treasure Trails tried one with her kids and they loved it. They were so absorbed in searching for clues and working out the answers that they were happy walking the hour-and-a-half trail and completely forgot to bicker, bash each other or whine – what more could you ask?


Best of all they are nationwide and there are over 1,000 across the UK so you can use them at home or take them on any UK trip. Costing just £6.99 a pop for a Treasure Trail, I’m not sure I can think of a more affordable family day out –  a small investment for a lot of easy gain. You can download one right this minute (disorganised, moi?) and use your little map of joy this hols.


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