If you are looking for something cheaper, non-pumpikney- non halloweeney, for your entire family to do, then try one of the Treasure map trails. We are lucky to have two maps for Oxford- one is for the city centre and the other one is for the Radcliffe square. You can choose whichever one you want. We have done the Radcliffe square one in the past. read our review HERE
We went to Oxford city centre today to do exactly that (our map was complementary). Now, this one wasn’t easy I must say. We could not find the last one on the map, which for a competitive family like us was disappointing (HEARTBREAKING actually- lol), but see if you can do better than us..
🗺 The idea is you order a map from their website, which is a beautiful illustration of the actual road maps and street names transformed with a fantasy theme. Each map has little squares on where the hidden “treasure” is and at the bottom of the map is a small image of the “treasure”. If you really get stuck, then there are clues on the back of the map.
🗺 Maps are A3 glossy posters with the second side including facts about the town, clues and details of the Treasure Map Trails.
🗺 There are more than 40 Treasure Map Trails for towns & cities across the UK, with new adventures added every month.Each map has a different theme to it.
Within Oxfordshire, there are the two maps for Oxford and then one for Banbury and another one for Abingdon.
🗺 They arrive in nice packaging, perfect for little ones to get excited about, right from the word go.
🗺 You must then find treasures as you go around these places that include statues, carvings, quirky signs and street decorations.
🗺 At the end, you can download your completion certificate and work your way up from a Cadet to Treasure Hunter Master
They have recently upgraded their map quality and they now come in a new folded format, which will not only make them last longer, but also makes them much easier to carry around.
It’s advertised for children aged 5 to 12, but Ay first did it when he was 3.5 and is 4.5 now, yet was so excited on his “treasure hunt”, running towards the next stop and clue. No matter how many times you have passed these buildings, you would have missed most of these quirky landmarks (like the statue on top of the Blackwell building.. Are you sure this hasn’t been added recently!!). We spent about 1- 1 1/2 hour looking for these clues
The maps are brilliant in that they not only get your kids outdoors for that all important, screen free family time but it also helps map reading/clue finding skills, which I must admit I am pretty rubbish at. It also encourages sense of purpose, goals and competition.
So go out there and enjoy your town in a different light while learning some new and interesting facts. You can also take a map to a new place and add in some nearby parks etc for a cheap exciting day out. Copies start from £6.99 for a single map, including first class delivery. (Use my affiliate link to get 10% off HERE or simply by using the coupon code OXFMUM)
🗺 Address: you could start anywhere in the city centre e.g. Carfax Tower
🎟 Copies start from £6.99 for a single map, including first class delivery. (Use my affiliate link to get 10% off HERE or simply by using the coupon code OXFMUM)
🚘 No dedicated parking but you can park in central oxford or Westfield, which is always a nightmare. We took the bus, and If you are able to, that is what I would recommend (to save the cost of expensive oxford parking and hassle of having to constantly look at the watch to avoid overstaying)
🚻 No Toilets as such but you could use the cafes
🍕Plenty of cafes around
🧺 Picnics possible
Watch all our fun HERE:
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