EASTER HUNT FOR HEROES AT EASTNOR CASTLE
18TH APRIL 2014 – 21ST APRIL 2014
Easter Hunt for Heroes – We Need You!
2014 marks the centenary anniversary of the First World War and to commemorate the heroes, we invite you to take part in our Hunt for Heroes. Search for the brave bunnies around the castle and grounds, solve the clues and you may be a lucky winner of a giant chocolate egg! Everyone who joins in the fun will receive an Easter treat.
If you are stuck on a puzzle, stop and take a look at it from another angle. Put yourself in the mind of the person setting the question. The first thing this person had was the answer, then they constructed the puzzle to arrive at that. If you know the puzzle maker, consider their style and any similar combinations of questions and answers they may have come up with previously. Also consider where they would have sourced the answer from – do their other answers suggest that they can see the object they are making questions about.
The person who has set the problem obviously wants you to solve it, but they want to stretch you to the limits of your ability so you get the maximum personal reward by solving it. The secret to the answer will always be in the question.
Read it very carefully and slowly, not getting hung up on one particular detail. When you have the correct answer, it will feel like it makes perfect sense.
Let’s take Question 3 of the puzzles from the 25 Riddle Puzzles For You To Solve:
What am I? I look sick. I won’t cut like a knife but have similar qualities. I hang around in big groups. If you cut my head off – I look great.
Let’s break it down.
- What am I: This means it is a Thing.
- I look sick: Think of what symptoms you have if you visually appear to be ill.
- I won’t cut like a knife but have similar qualities: It is something that isn’t sharp, but may appear so.
- I hang around in big groups: When you see this Thing, it will be amongst many other similar Things.
- If you cut my head off – I look great: The Thing looks better with the top taken off.
Starting with 5, we can discard anything that doesn’t look better with its physical head on i.e. anything animal. As we know from 1 that this is a Thing, then we can discard conceptual objects or words. From 2 the visible symptoms of sickness are that it is something like, sweaty, pale or green. 3 tells us that it contains a knife’s qualities like a blade.
The (1) object is (2) green, with a (3) blade, seen in big (4) clumps that can be trimmed (5).
The answer is: GRASS (drag cursor across to highlight and see).
If you have a puzzle you can’t solve – post it here and we’ll see if the reader’s of Treasure Hunt Design can solve it.
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The draw took take place on 29th December 2012 and the winner was SD from Bristol – Congratulations!
Test your answer to see if you have got it right…
The answer is the password >>> leave a comment to prove you have solved it.
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The draw took take place on 29th December 2011 and the winner was DE from Worcestershire.
Test your answer >>> Enter your answer as the Password all lower case and no commas to see if you have got it right.
Leave a comment on there to prove you could solve it!
We are proud to have launched our Treasure Hunt tablet app.
The app is exclusively for use on the Codebreaker 4×4 in conjunction with Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle running on the newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
There is no better way of trying to solve some mind bending puzzles than in a top of the range Land Rover, incorporating part of the Land Rover Experience course at their worldwide headquarters, using the ground breaking technology of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.
If you would like book this exclusive adventure then please contact Eastnor Castle.
Excellent photography by Meg Hanlon.
We can create a magnificent treasure hunt for you too – get in touch!
This is a guide to creating a great treasure hunt for your home, which can be adapted for your town, park or even your holiday.
You’ll learn how to create a number of different clues, pick a theme as well as how to make an authentic looking treasure map.
All you’ll need is a couple of household objects, some willing pirates and of course – some TREASURE!
The brilliant treasure hunt that you create is limited only by your own imagination, kids’ party, hen do or team building event.
The book includes a pirate dictionary, ideas for other clues and alternative themes for only $2.99.
If you would like a professionally organised large treasure hunt then please get in touch with Treasure Hunt Design.
In order to secure a successful treasure hunt, a key part of the publicity has to be the signage leading up to the event.
The first and easiest is to have a pop-up banner in reception for all your existing clients to get the message.
The beauty of a pop-up banner is that they are quick, convenient and can convey a great deal of information fitting in with your brand.
The next is to arrange to have road signage leading to the event.
Remember to keep the details to an absolute minimum as you only have a fraction of a second to get the message to the motorist.
Finally posters and leaflets promoting the treasure hunt event are a real boost. Make sure they are eye catching and appealing to your target audience, positioned where they are likely to be lingering.
Your brand is really important so make sure that you combine any theme you choose with the overall guidelines of your property/company (or use people that can (like Treasure Hunt Design for example)
If you would like a treasure hunt event, or professional signage for an event designed and produced then the very first thing you need to do is get in touch!
The first place that people look for what’s on will be Google. Get a dedicated page on your website featuring plenty of all the key words that your target audience will be looking for i.e. family, berkshire, bank holiday. Google needs about 6 weeks to register your entry for it to show in listings.
What’s on guides
Search for local what’s on guides online. Almost all of them are free and desperate for more entries. Compile the details beforehand so you can easily copy and paste them quickly into the guides. The fields you will most likely be asked for: Event Name, Event Description, Venue, Opening Times, Prices, Contact Information, County, Start Date, End Date, Website, Ticketing URL, Contact Email.
The local rags love treasure hunts, so prepare a Press Release. You need a story, so if you were using Treasure Hunt Design for example, you could say “We saw an opportunity and called in the treasure hunt experts from Channel 4’s Country House Rescue to see what they could do for us…” To find the local news people, Google something like “cumbria local media contacts”. If you can’t find the personal email address of the relevant person then try news@ or newsdesk@.
If you can get a sign in a prominent position a fews weeks beforehand locally then it is a great and cheap way to plant the idea in the minds of passers by. To obtain consent to put up an advertisement or sign you may need to apply to the planning authority for the area where it will be displayed. Click here to read the rules. Most planning authorities provide a standard application form, which you can obtain from the local Council’s Planning Department. Electronic standard application forms are available from the Planning Portal via the following link: www.planningportal.gov.uk. In addition to the completed application form, illustrative plans and drawings are required; and you will have to pay the appropriate charge for the advertisement application. The tariff of charges is related to the type of advertisement involved in the application, and the amounts are reviewed annually. Information about current charges is given on the application form, or can be obtained from the Planning Department’s area ofﬁce.
Local Tourist Associations
In all areas there are organisations set up to promote local tourism. There might be a nominal fee to join, but you would benefit from piggy-backing a large existing distribution network to get the word out about your event.
Leaflets and posters certainly help to promote the event. Bear in mind that the majority of dispensers in the UK take 1/3rd A4, and if you can squeeze a corner of the local shop window and noticeboard the poster would ideally be A4.
Target places that will be interested in your event. i.e. if it is going to be an Orienteering Treasure Hunt let the local scout/guides groups, orienteering clubs and local schools know.
The very first thing to do is estimate how many people you think will attend your treasure hunt event. The rest of your decisions depend on this figure.
Get the clue sheets printed, including a space to collect the visitor’s information. Using a professional printer normally works out cheaper and less trouble than trying to print it yourself on a desktop printer.
Two things to consider. If you are holding an event involving children, they all appreciate a little gift on completion. A grand prize that you yearn to possess would be the ultimate thing. If you are a venue, then look at the services that you could offer without any major financial outlay i.e. exclusive use for an evening, pony trekking etc.
A rough guide is one person per one hundred people, with a minimum of three to account for loo breaks and surges.
Firstly look at the space you’ve got available. Base your spaces on approximately three people per vehicle. Allow at least 3m width by 5m per car to calculate. Make sure you have someone pointing people in the right direction.
The simplest thing to do is to get a commission based outside contractor to pay you to attend your event. If you tell them the numbers, they can give you an expected return. If you advertise that there will be food there, the take up will be much higher.
For a family-based treasure hunt think family fun day/school fete: bouncy castles, pony rides, cake stalls, beat the goalie, tombola, coconut shy, darts, egg and spoon race, grand prize draw, guess the name/number, jumble sale, obstacle course, refreshments, skittles, car wash.
The minimum for 1000 people (500 male and 500 female) for an event less than 6 hours is 4 Female WCs, 1 Male WC and 3 Male Urinals. Appropriate sanitary accommodation should be provided for wheelchair users. It is recommended that one WC with wash-hand basin should be provided for every 100 disabled people.
You can have people dressed in the matching theme of the treasure hunt, plus face painting, a clown/magician to entertain any queues and music/musicians.
Collate the information from the returned clue sheets to let the visitors know about your next event.
Press Release Follow Up
Write a press release and send it to the publications that printed your story – it is good for them to have closure on stories.
If you are thinking about holding a treasure hunt event and would like to make sure it goes smoothly and without a hitch then you know where to come: Treasure Hunt Design +44(0)7551 875604.