How much does a treasure hunt cost?

Children's Treasure Hunt
These are the elements and rough costs to consider when hosting a treasure hunt. Also, take a look here for an Event Checklist so you don’t forget anything.

UK Treasure Hunt Estimate*

Hunt > Create the initial safe puzzle and solution 8 hrs @ £60/hr: £480* 

Design > Conforming to the brand of the client, create hunt leaflet, signage and adverts 6 hrs @ £60/hr: £360*

Print > 2000 A4 leaflets printed on both sides in full colour on 130g Recycled Offset paper: £260* 

Signage > Pop-up banner: £85*

Treasure > Whatever you choose:

  • Treasure Chest £55*
  • Replica Gold Bars £40*
  • Old Coins £70*
  • Champagne £40*
  • 25yr Single Malt Whisky £100*
  • Ipad £400*
  • Frisbees made from recycled CD’s 500 @ 80p each: £400* 

Other bits and bobs to consider:

Advertising > The press love a treasure hunt, so it is easy to get free coverage as a news story. However you could allow a contingency for a local ad and a roadside sign for passing trade: £150* 

Web > Google Ads are great for a short term geographically specific targetted campaign. Have a specific web landing page for the activity and specify keywords that pertain to local places and what-to-do: £100*

Venue > If you don’t have a venue, you may need one. Village halls/community centres offer excellent value for money options for holding events – 1/10th of the price of prestige venues like hotels. With a treasure hunt you can incorporate the venue into the theme i.e. if it is a bit ropey then “End Of The World”. Community centre: £100*

Staffing > With lots of people involved you may need to bribe some volunteers to help out. Budget about £10/hr per person to keep them sweet. 4 people for 4 hours: £160*

*Prices are estimated and do not include VAT.