Thursday 22 October 2020

Hunting the Treasures of Bristol - Autumn 2020

 If you're looking for something fun to do with a group this Autumn which will be enjoyed by all ages whilst keeping everyone safe look no further. 

If you've never done a Car Treasure Hunt before you've missed out. The more families/households involved, the more fun it is. Nipping round the streets, trying to spot the answers to the clues and other teams playing in their cars, whilst not being spotted yourself!

This October for my 40th birthday I researched and wrote an epic Bristol Treasure Hunt, which we were able to do with lots of different families in their cars, whilst complying with the current social-distancing restrictions. It worked brilliantly and was a huge amount of fun. 

There is a massive amount of Bristol history and trivia packed into this quiz. With questions covering prehistoric finds, Roman and Iron age inhabitants, prisons, gallows, plagues, monasteries, campaigners and even a golden bottom! For groups with younger hunters there is a set of animal themed questions to keep them interested. Players can do as little or as much of the hunt as they like, building up points to get the best score they can. There are opportunities for serious historical online research, silly photos and even acting out Star Wars lines with props. A team could choose to hunt for 10 minutes to 3 hours.

As you can see from the little map pictured above, the hunt is all in the north/central part of the city from Hotwells, to Sea Mills, to Southmead. It avoids all areas of heavy traffic and in October 2020 it avoids all road closures. Before using it with a group I'd recommend driving the route to check it is clear. We set up an online location for teams to upload their photos and answers live. This worked really well. I asked each team to choose a team name/character which had to be displayed in the rear window of their car. Teams got one extra point for each other team they spotted and photographed. Our prize-winning team got 59 points, the score to beat!

Feel free to adapt it for your use but it is not for resale and the text remains copyright S.Trigg.
Do share in the comments if you use the hunt. I'd love to hear if it has brightened the day of more Bristolians, in these strange, troubled times.

Happy Hunting

The Big Bristol Treasure Hunt - for teams in cars 2020

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