Murder Mystery in Padstow
Like the most brilliant ideas, Treasure Trails are very simple. The Truro based company offer self-guided themed walking treasure hunts, ideal for discovering more about where you live or for taking on holiday.
There are over 30 different Treasure Trails in Cornwall, covering towns and rural areas and over 1,000 across the UK, so there’s bound to be one near you. All Trails are listed on the website and you can choose between three themes; a Treasure Hunt, a Spy Mission or a Murder Mystery. At the outset of each Trail the ‘mission’ is given – to find the treasure, crack the spy code or discover the ‘whodunnit’. You then follow an easy route and answer a series of clues involving some interesting, scenic and historical sights along the way to find the answers.
It’s the sort of thing that screams ‘half-term saviour’ and gives you a fun excuse to get kids or rellies out of the house and out into the fresh air for an hour or two. We had friends from upcountry staying over this weekend, and with plenty of half term left we bundled in the car and met in Padstow to solve the clues and find the murderer of Charlie ‘Coco’ Bean!
The Trail took us all over Padstow, from the south quay (where we parked for just a quid!) to the war memorial in the north. Lots of distraction along the route in the way of the gorgeous indie shops and boutiques, with promises from the girls to return later for a well deserved shopping trip.
The Padstow Trail is 1½ miles and is designed to take approximately 1½ hours to complete. Ours took around three hours as the older kids required refreshment in here:
The kids had a blast – looking for clues, working out the answers, they didn’t even bother me for snacks (well not much).
Some questions were quite tricky, but just when we were about to text the ‘Trail Trouble Textline’ for a quick cheat answer one of the group excitedly yelped I FOUND THE UNICORN (I think it was Mr MC, and yes there really are unicorns in Padstow). We made it to the end – without killing each other, worn out and ready for a pasty and nap. Except the smallest muddies who are like two little Duracell bunnies. Crazy Golf anyone?
Treasure Trails vary in length, but most average two miles and take a couple of hours to complete. Clear symbols on the front of each Trail will tell you at a glance the length of the Trail, how long it should take you and whether it is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Each Treasure Trail also has a ‘Trail Trouble Textline’ that offers instant help with the clues in case you get stuck – so no Trail should remain unsolved. When you have completed the Trail you can submit your answer online for the chance to win up to £1,000!
For £6.99 a pop for a Treasure Trail it’s a small investment for a lot of easy gain.
Treasure Trails, www.treasuretrails.co.uk/cornwall