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Fun family quest!

Good at cracking codes? Test your skills in this imaginative, story-based immersive treasure hunt around The Cathedral Quarter in Canterbury. Fun for all ages and, most importantly, the chance to win a whole list of prizes!

Imagine a kind of outdoor escape room-type challenge focused around some beautiful shopping streets with some pretty decent prizes to be won. Sounds good? Well if you’re up to the challenge head over to Canterbury’s stunning historic heart – the Cathedral Quarter – on Sat 20 October. Here you can take part in The Timekeeper’s Return, a story-based immersive treasure hunt that will appeal to everyone from gamers to geocachers – or just anyone after some good old-fashioned family fun.

The challenge focuses on a story – centred around historical researcher Dr. Mia Augustina. Dr A stumbles upon an antique navigation device called an astrolabe, discovers that it holds a powerful secret – it can transport her back in time. Lured into the labyrinth of time-travel and its perils, the device malfunctions, threatening the future and Mia’s return.

She has a plan to recalibrate the device, but she’ll need your help. Oh but of course doctor, just let me just fetch my lycra leggings. (Oh come on, I can’t be the only one old enough to remember Challenge Anneka and her pert posterior).

Anyway you get the general idea. There will be a series of clues to crack, codes to decipher and markers that will enable you to navigate to the next, and once each code has been scanned (using a smart phone), the astrolabe can guide Mia back to the present with history restored. So all very imaginative and a way of keeping the kids entertained – a good one for half term day trippers.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a reward and be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win some local treasures of your own – including tickets for a group of 4 to see this year’s Christmas pantomime at The Marlowe Theatre or the chance for 4 to wine and dine at Chapter in Canterbury or nab a pair of Ray-Bans from Biggs Opticians and a few more besides.

The hunt should take not much more than an hour to complete. Get hunting any time between 10am and 4pm on 20 October in Canterbury’s Cathedral Quarter. Suitable for any age, begin at the compass in Longmarket Square and start scanning the QR code stickers to unlock the secrets.

If you’re not familiar with this corner of Canterbury, you’re in for a treat. Here’s a little film of some of the gorgeous indie stores that await you. So make sure you factor in a little shopping time when you’re in the area.

The Timekeeper’s Return

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