As a family we are huge fans of Treasure Trails. We have shared our experiences of these with you in the past and we were thrilled to be asked to review their brand new Great Yarmouth Trail! The trail was set to cover 2.5 miles and estimated to take 2,5 hours to complete, we find that the estimated times are usually pretty accurate.
It's also fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible, with plenty of opportunities for stopping for refreshments and sight seeing on the way.
You could do this trail quite easily as part of a day at the seaside, taking in the local attractions - Joyland, Pleasure Beach, Merrivale Model Village and so much more!
If you've never heard of them before then make sure you pay them a visit on their website or Facebook to find out more. Also give their promotional video a watch which explains them perfectly!
We arranged to meet our friends to help us with this trail, a treasure hunt themed trail. They completed a trail in Cardiff with us last year and got the trail bug!
This trail commences at Britannia Pier which is easily located at the end of Regent Road, which leads straight up from the bus station in the town. It also signifies the start of the Golden Mile, a hugely popular tourist attraction.
We then followed the clues along the seafront which took in various landmarks and points of significant interest.
Emily and our friends little girl had great fun running ahead to find the next clue, as the seafront has lovely wide pathways they were able to venture off a little with us knowing they were safe.
Although we are local, lived here all our lives, the trail made us take notice of things that we have over looked in the past. Who would have known some of the hidden marvels we have on our doorstep!
Although we found that a little bit of local knowledge helped us along but the clues were all there to find without too much searching, we did have a little problem with one clue, I think this is where our local knowledge probably hindered us as we tried to over think the clue ARGH!!!
So we decided to make use of the free text help service.
This is nice and simple to use, just send the trails unique ref code and the clue number you are stuck on to the number printed on the trail and within seconds we had the answer and an explanation why this was the answer sent back to us.
You can use the text service up to three times in one trail, we've done several trails in the past and this is the first time we have had to use it.
A quick stop en route for an ice-cream break (well when you're beside the seaside!)
Then we were back on track.
The trail took us as far as the Pleasure Beach before sending us back along the adjacent side of the parade, this included a little detour from the main promenade to take in a clue at the famous Hippodrome Circus (always a favourite place of ours.)
Then it was straight back onto the front to find the remaining clues.
We continued along finding Blue Plaques and architecture which has long been covered over and turned off the front onto Regent Road.
We presumed that this was the last few clues as we were leaving the seafront.
We had fun spotting the next couple of clues in this area and then we were surprised to find we were being sent back towards the seafront again!
We found the final clue back near the start and entered our final answer online to enter the monthly £100 giveaway competition and we were delighted to find that we had correctly located the "treasure!"
The trails are great fun for all the family, they are simple for kids to read and navigate and we love discovering more about the areas we are in by using these trails.
Trails cost just £6.99 and will provide you with a good few hours worth of fun for all the family, why not take your friends along too! The trials are printed as high quality card booklets and well packaged to protect them. Postage and packaging costs from £1.49 for up to 3 trails or you can download your order and print at home, this is great for last minute trailing! (Postage typically takes 2-3 days.)
I also think the Trails make great gifts, the girls have given these to their teachers as end of year presents before and I have gifted them to friends, they have always been gratefully received and enjoyed.
Check out the Treasure Trails website to find a trail in your area or perhaps holiday destination, they have over 1000 UK locations!!!!
One of the best things about Treasure Trails - apart from the low price, great fun, fresh air, family quality time, sight seeing and so much more, is you can do them whenever you want to; any time, any day, any month of the year.
I'm now off to look for the next Treasure Trail we fancy completing, make sure you order yours today and get the trailing bug!