COMPETITION: Half term fun with a Bristol treasure trail

There was a smell in the air. A smell that I can’t describe – a freshness that adds a little smile to your face, a smell of snowdrops and birdsong that means you just know that spring is coming.

It was the perfect afternoon then for a half term outing.

Belle had a friend to play on Friday afternoon, so rather than just let them spend four hours taking turns to watch each other play on Belle’s DS, I decided to take them out on a spy trail. Now of course if I were a Proper Mummy I would have spent the night beforehand writing out ingenious clues and hiding them around Bristol, but fortunately we had a trail from Treasure Trails.

We are a massive fan of Treasure Trails, and this was our fourth. They cover over 1,000 locations across the country and are a really fun way to get kids out for a walk and to explore your local area. You follow the clues at your own pace to solve the mystery and at the end there is even the chance to win £1,000.

There are currently four different Bristol trails. We’ve already done the Old City one, so this time we were doing the Clifton trail, which meant a happy few hours wandering about, swooning over all the massive houses and imagining what it might be like to have enough money to live in Clifton. Bee suggested casually popping a picture of a mansion on Instagram and just sort of implying that I lived there, but I feared it would be like my profile picture all over again, and could only lead to disappointment when people met me in person.

I can’t give away too much about the trail obviously in case you want to do it yourself, but I can show you some photos. After the photos I’ll also tell you how you could win your very own Treasure Trail. Nice.

"Royal York Crescent""Clifton"



"Clifton Suspension Bridge"

"Royal York Crescent"

"Treasure Trail"

You can tell that Bee was enjoying herself by this point can’t you?

So, have I put you in the mood for a mystery? To win one of five Treasure Trails for the town of your choice, simply leave a comment on this post telling me who your favourite detective is – Hercule Poirot? Nancy Drew? Or maybe you’re a Famous Five fan? Let me know…

Competition closes midnight 8th March and five winners will be chosen at random, just in time for the Easter holidays!

As featured on ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions



  1. 19 February, 2013 / 8:48 am

    I’ve got a soft spot for Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware. I’m not even sure how, I just seem to find myself reading his books on holiday, yet I’ve never knowingly bought one.

  2. 19 February, 2013 / 12:11 pm

    Its a toss up between Wallander, Sarah Lund and Saga Noren. I do love a bit of Nordic Noir, Sarah wins, she’s got the best jumper

  3. Hannah Irish
    19 February, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    Has to be Ace Ventura, Pet Detective :)

  4. Rach J
    19 February, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Oh wow, beautiful photos! We love that bit of Bristol too. Soooo with you lusting after the houses. We ‘accidentally’ have to walk close to the railings to take a peek at the basement flats! Love detective novels – always off to the library as it’s THE best place for a good murder! I really like the chutzpah of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Mahone – the alphabet mystery stories are great, easy reads. Off to have a nose the the Treasure Hunt website now – thanks for the info!

  5. esther james
    19 February, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    Inspector Morse was always my Fav

  6. Susan
    20 February, 2013 / 11:57 am

    Lawrence Fox as Sgt Hathaway in Lewis. I like him as a detective, though frankly, I must confess that I’d like him as anything!

  7. Rosalind Blight
    20 February, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    Not really a detective sorta person unless you can include scooby doo lol

  8. Judit
    20 February, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Monk :)

  9. claire woods
    20 February, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Famous five for me. But my son Samuel loves these books called ‘Spy Dog’.

  10. Jane Morfett
    20 February, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    I liked reading the Nancy Drew books as a child but also have a soft spot for Scooby Doo! Looking at the treasure trails and living in Somerset I like the look of the Minehead trail.

  11. Sue Matejtschuk
    21 February, 2013 / 11:26 am

    I grew up enjoying Nancy Drew and the Famous Five, but these days I love the detectives created by MC Beaton – there’s Hamish MacBeth, Agatha Raisin and Hannah Pym. all great reads

  12. Fiona McMillan
    22 February, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Bernie Gunther (Philip Kerr creation)

  13. 1 March, 2013 / 10:29 am

    I am a famous five girl. I have always been a huge fan of stuffing my face and since eating featured as highly as mystery solving in these books it was my firm favourite.

  14. 3 March, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    I was brought up on detective novels so really can’t choose my favourite!

  15. Petra Hora
    7 March, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    Tom Barnaby from Midsomer Murders

  16. Keith
    8 March, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Harry Bosch as we like to spot the murder sites around LA like the hollywood bowl.

  17. Eleanor Powell
    8 March, 2013 / 4:44 pm

    Kinsey Millhone from the Sue Grafton novels

  18. Claire Nelson
    8 March, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Hercule Poirot or Jonathan Creek

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