Looking for an exciting way to see a city, and NOT being part of a crowded tour? I have the perfect solution for you, a city scavenger hunt. I recently took part in the Bath Treasure Hunt from the guys from The Great Game.
A city scavenger hunt is a great way to see some of the best parts of a city, including the highlights as well as a ton of hidden gems. I took to the streets of Bath with my partner in crime and teammate, Charlie, working our way through the clues to find the treasure.
And the treasure is real! You’ll end up at a great pub, (and here’s the best bit) with a cheeky discount off your bill.
The Great Game offers a whole load of city scavenger hunts all over the UK, some focused on pub crawls (perfect for hen and stag dos), some for team building and corporate events plus an international scavenger hunt too – go check out their one in Myanmar!
So what’s the Bath Treasure Hunt all about? Grab a brew and I’ll tell you all about it.
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Bath Treasure Hunt – A City Scavenger Hunt -
A bit about The Great Game
Bryn and Nick are the brains behind The Great Game. Astonishingly, this two-man band have known each other since they were ankle-high to a grasshopper – since year 4 of school.
Their shared passions and lifelong friends have led them to a range of successful projects including the Containers Hostel in Edinburgh, which was the first hostel in the world to be made from shipping containers. The ambitious duo then went on to open a hostel in Burma.
The Great Game came about during low season for the Containers Hostel and they launched Escape London where they sent Londoners on mystery days out, away from London.
Gradually Escape London evolved into The Great Game which now does City Scavenger Hunts all over the country and abroad.
Where can I do a City Scavenger hunt?
The Great Game has a treasure hunt for most of the UK’s major cities as well as speciality games (like the pub crawl). I chose the stunning UNESCO listed city of Bath Treasure Hunt as a single treasure hunt game.
- Single Treasure Hunt Game – this is great for couples or family’s
- Treasure Hunt Race – where you play in small teams to race to the treasure, this is great for team building and corporate events.
- Pub Crawl Treasure Hunt – which is the perfect idea for Hen and Stag parties or groups of friends on short city breaks
- Museum Quiz – as a great alternative for when the weather isn’t great outside or you’re looking to keep your family occupied on a school holiday.
- Online Treasure Hunts – For when you’re stuck at home
Check out the full listing of destinations here.
How do the treasure hunts work?
It’s super easy
1) Check out which city scavenger hunt you want to play (if you didn’t read the section above, go refer to that now).
2) Order you chosen game (I did the Bath Treasure Hunt, which this review is based on, you’re will be equally as awesome). You get to choose from either;
a) a Physical Pack, which is delivered within 5 days (so do this ahead of time).
b) a Digital Pack, where you get sent a link to download the city treasure hunt from as soon as you’ve purchased the game. It can be played on your mobile, or print it out at home. As a heads up – if you do this option, take a pen and some paper with you to jot down notes.
3) Arrive in the city and begin your hunt. Some useful bits of info;
a) The city scavenger hunt is all done by foot, you don’t need a car. Expect to walk between 2-3.5 miles. Depending how quick you are (if you’re not doing a race, make sure you take time for the whole Insta photo thing) it should take about 3-4 hours.
b) There’s a range of clues and questions to solve. On the Bath treasure hunt, we had a mixture of riddles, anagrams, observational things, orienteering and some codebreaking. There’s plenty of variety to keep you on your toes.
c) There are little nuggets of information on the question sheet, so you get to find out about the landmarks you’re looking at.
4) The final clue will lead you to the treasure; a pub, although you’ll have to collect clues throughout the scavenger hunt which will give you a grid reference for the final destination. When you arrive, mention that you’ve been doing The Great Game to receive your discounted and off your bill. Sit back, relax and maybe gloat at how awesome you were at solving the cryptic riddles.
Our Experience of the Bath Treasure Hunt (no spoilers)
My partner in crime, Charlie and I did the Bath treasure hunt as a bit of an alternative date-day. Our pack arrived in the post just a few days after it was ordered and we were all set.
The pack contains everything you’ll need to complete the city scavenger hunt: a clipboard, the question sheet, some cool wristbands (which made us feel super VIP – yeah, we don’t get out much), a map, a mini compass, pen and the all-important prize envelope.
We set off working our way through the clues. The route led us through parts of Bath I didn’t even know existed as well as past a ton of iconic landmarks.
We particularly loved how ingenious the clues were. It wasn’t just a case of ‘walk 200m north, then go west when you get to the statue blah blah blah…’. It was so much more involved, like insanely more involved compared to any other teasure hunt I’ve done. It certainly held both our interests.
I discovered that I’m a pretty good codebreaker and riddle master, but frickin useless at anything that involved adding up numbers, direction or logic. Whereas Charlie seemed to have an internal compass, was awesome at the brainiac stuff, but blind as a bat when it came to anything observational. So overall, we made a pretty kick-ass team.
It was a great date afternoon idea and we both had a lot of fun. The Bath treasure hunt lead us all around around the city and because we weren’t doing this as a race, we had plenty of time to discover and explore some of the hidden gems that neither of us knew existed, as well as time to get trigger happy with our cameras.
The great thing with doing a city scavenger hunt is that it makes you involuntarily look at your surroundings because you’re trying to find an answer to a clue. The Bath treasure hunt was the perfect balance of historical fact, stimulating clues and iconic landmarks. We both thoroughly enjoyed this activity
We enjoyed it so much that we’re seriously considering taking a day or weekend trip to some other UK destinations and trying out some of the other city scavenger hunts offered by The Great Game. They are a great way to get you looking around a city without the hassle of a tour guide.
And what if you really get stuck?
The guys at The Great Game have you covered. In the most microscopic-sized print, on the back page and upside down is the answer to all the questions. So in theory, you could look at these answers from the onset, but then it takes away the excitement and purpose of doing a treasure hunt in the first place, and where’s the fun in that?! Basically, that age-old saying, you’re only cheating on yourself, no one’s giving you brownie-points or a pat-on-the-back for doing it.
(Hint – if you’ve ordered 2 or more city scavenger hunts to play against each other, I suggest you black marker the answers out, so no team can cheat, not that anyone would do a thing like that 😉 )
Final thoughts on doing a city scavenger hunt
Seriously, if you’re looking at an alternative way to seeing the best of a city in a fun and interactive way, I highly recommend you check out the range of awesome city scavenger hunts that The Great Game offer.
We had an absolute blast doing this, and we look forward to completing more treasure hunts from The Great Game.
For more information about taking part in a city treasure hunt by The Great Game, check out their website.
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