We Provide Everything You Need For Your Treasure Hunt

Everything you will need for your treasure hunt will be provided. All you as the organiser will need to do is enjoy yourself!

We will send you an organisers pack that will contain full details of the best way to conduct your treasure hunt. It will also contain contact details for the final venue should you wish to reserve an area or arrange food.

You will receive a team folder for each participating team. These will contain detailed briefing notes, all the challenges that the teams must complete, and a pen with which to write the answers to the challenges.

The organiser's folder.
One of the treasure hunt team folders containing the clues and challenges.
A stick figure holding a magnifying glass and following arrows on the ground.

Simple To Order
And Tracked Delivery

Once you have decided which of our treasure hunts is of interest to you, simply place your order via our secure online system.

At the time of ordering, we will ask you to enter the date on which you intend to do it. If you will be doing it within the next ten days we will send it by tracked next day delivery. If you will be doing it later than ten days, we will let you know when the next walk-through of the route is due and then send it to you, agin by tracked next day delivery, once the route has been checked. This ensures that you get the most up to date version of the treasure hunt.

Either way, we will keep you fully updated on when your treasure hunt will be dispatched and we wil provide you with the tracking number once it has been sent.

Quick Info

Team Sizes And Start Points

Team Sizes

We suggest that you restrict the team sizes to between four and eight people per team. This makes the perfect team dynamic.


The treasure hunts take around two hours to complete. Our pub treasure hunts take a little longer as teams will be stopping for drinks along the route.

Starting Points

Our treasure hunts start outside underground stations. Simply make your way to the designated start point and begin.

End Points

Each treasure hunt ends outside a local pub. However, there will be no challenges inside so you do not have to go in should you prefer another venue.

The Organiser's Pack

Our treasure hunts are very simple to operate and the various stages are fully explained in the Organiser's folder and in the briefing notes that each team is provided with.
The organisers pack, which contains the guidelines and answers to the challenges.


It contains details of the start and finish points, as well as the contact details for the end venue should you wish to reserve an area or arrange food.

There is then a leaflet of guidelines that explains how the treasure hunt is structured and gives useful pointers on the best way to operate your treasure hunt.

There are also two sealed envelopes, both marked "Top Secret". The first contains a detailed guide to the treasure hunt route and tells you where the clues are. The second envelope contains all the answers to the Observation Questions and the Photo Challenges for marking the sheets at the end of the treasure hunt.

Finally, we provide you with a score card on which the team scores can be written and which can then be used when it comes to announcing the winning team and the number of points each team scored.

The cover of the sheet of guidelines.


The Guidelines leaflet provides the organiser with a full breakdown of how the treasure hunt works along with advice on the best way to conduct the event.

In addition, it gives tips on when to hand out the packs to the teams, and gives valuable advice on the best and fairest way to mark the challenges when the teams reach the end of their treasure hunt.

You will also find our phone number on here should you have any questions or wish us to advice on anything that you are unsure about.

The envelope containing the route that the participants will follow.


The sealed route envelope is provided as an emergency back up. To be honest, as long as the teams read the clues and do exactly what they are being told to do they should have no problems.

However, in the event of an emergency - a sudden road closure for example - you can open the route envelope and inside you will find full details of the route along with the solutions to each of the cryptic clues.

The envelope that contains the route of the treasure hunt together with the solutions to the clues.


Again, the Answers envelope is sealed and should not be opened until all the teams have completed their treasure hunt and handed in their packs.

On opening it you will find the answers to all the Observation Questions and all the Photo Challenges.

The best way to mark the treasure hunt is for the teams to switch packs with the team nearest to them and then read out - or get someone else to read out - the answers to all the challenges.

The score card for the Observation Questions, the Photo Challenges and the Grand Total.


As you mark the answers simply enter the total for each section into the round circle on the score card and then add up the Observation Questions score and the Photo Challenges score to give the Grand Total.

You can then place the score cards in order from the highest to the lowest scores and then read out the scores that each team has achieved.

We suggest reading out the lowest score first, and then build up the tension as you approach the highest score and the winning team.

The Organiser's To Do List

To be honest, the treasure hunts are self-explanatory, and there is not a great deal that you as the organiser will have to do. However, there are a handful of essential duties that the organiser must perform in order to get the activity off to a good start.

Contact The End Venue

All our treasure hunts end outside pubs. The teams will know when they have completed the final clue. We will provide you with the address and phone number of the end venue and you might want to call them just to ensure they are prepared.

Allocate The Teams

There is one Clues and Challenges folder per team. So separate the participants into to the number of teams for the number of folders you have purchased. Remember, we suggest that the team sizes are kept to between 4 and 8 people per team.

Hand Out The Folders

Once you have assigned the participants to their teams, hand out one folder per team. Tell them that everything they will need is inside the folder, and stress the importance of reading the Briefing Notes to understand how the treasure hunt works.

No Need To Stagger The Teams

There is no need to stagger the teams since the treasure hunts are structured in such a way that competing teams are independent of each other, and soon become protective of their materials! Teams following each other really isn't an issue.

Give The Teams An End Time

We do suggest that you give the teams a time by which they must finish the treasure hunt. If you are not telling them the end point, you might want to give them a phone number to call should they not have finished within the allocated time frame.

Enjoy Yourself

That's all the organiser has to do. Aside from those tasks, you can, if you wish, participate in the treasure hunt as - unless you have opened the route and the answers envelopes - you will have no unfair advantage over your colleagues!

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The Team Folders

Once the teams have been given their Clues and Challenges folders they will have everything needed to begin the activity. Having read the Briefing Notes, the teams must make their way to the designated starting point, read their "STARTER" clue and away they go. It's as simple as that!
A blue team folder that contains the Clues and Challenges.


The team folders contain everything the teams will need to complete their treasure hunt.

Each pack contains a pen for writing the answers to the Observation Questions and Photo Challenges.

On opening the pack the teams will find the exact directions to the starting point for the treasure hunt. This will be outside an Underground Station, and we will give full details of which exit they will need to go to to get started.

Most of the starting points have pubs or coffee shops by them, so, if they wish, the teams can go into one of these to read their briefing notes and plan their strategy.

Once the teams have read and understood their Briefing Notes, they simply read the "STARTER" on their Cryptic Clues sheet and follow exactly what it says to do.


The briefing notes leaflet provides the team with full instructions on how the treasure hunt works and what challenges they must accomplish.

Each of the three challenges has its own detailed section explaining exactly what the teams must do in order to complete each task.

It also features an advisory safety section, warning about potential hazards, such as crossing roads and avoiding obstacles.

The teams will need to read these briefing notes before they set out on their treasure hunt.

The sheet of cryptic clues.


A Double Sided Sheet Printed On Waterproof Paper

The Cryptic Clues, which are printed on waterproof paper, are what the teams use to move around the route. All the clues are visual and directional, so the teams don't need any knowledge of the area, nor of the history of the area. They just need to read - as opposed to simply scan - the clues and follow what each clue is telling them to do.

Teams begin by following the "STARTER" clue. Using directional and visual prompts this will lead them to a location where they will find the solution to the clue. It might be on a blue plaque, it might be on an information board, or it might be on the plinth of a statue. When they find it they will need to perform the task set for them in the clue, and this will give them a letter or a number which will correspond to the next clue that they must follow.

They then follow that clue, at the end of which they will perform another task to get the letter or the number of the next clue, and so on and so forth until they reach the end point.

There are, however, several "Red Herring" clues that they will not need to solve. These are simply there to stop teams working a process of elimination to figure out when they are nearing the end of their treasure hunt.

The sheet of Observation Questions.


A Double Sided Sheet Printed On Waterproof Paper

As they make their way around the route, each team must answer 20 observation questions. The answers will be found on items they will pass en route.

They might be on blue plaques, on information boards, on items of street furniture, on statues, on the pavement stones they are walking on; and, in some cases, they might even be on gravestones in churchyards!

The teams will need to keep keen eyes peeled to ensure that they don't miss any of the answers.

A Photo Challenge Sheet.


A Double Sided Sheet Printed On Waterproof Paper

The Photo Challenge often proves the most difficult of all the tasks that the teams must undertake as they make their way around the treasure hunt route.

There are ten photos of items that the teams will pass on the route and which they must identify in order to complete the challenge.

However, some of the items are a lot smaller in reality than they appear to be on the photos. Some of the images have been Photo Shopped to change bits of information or to alter something on the item (thus creating a spot the difference challenge), whilst others have been photographed from odd angles to make identifying them slightly more challenging.

All that can be truly said about them is that they will be there, somewhere on the route. So it is a real test of the participants observational skills to see if they actually will spot them.

This challenge can often make the difference between a team finishing in first place or second place, as some teams are more observant than others!


What Our Clients Think Of Our Service

I just wanted to say a quick thank you - we held the Treasure Hunt yesterday as planned and it was great.
I've had brilliant feedback from everyone who took part, we all really enjoyed ourselves and I think it has helped to break down some office barriers as well.
The route and the clues were really fun and well-planned, and I really enjoyed seeing some nooks and crannies I'd never noticed before, as well as learning a little bit of London history.
People are already asking me if we can do another one!!

Ian Jacobs-Dean Buckingham Palace

I wanted to say THANK YOU!!
We ordered the Westminster hunt to use as a team building activity and it was AWESOME!
Not only did we get a view of London we would have never gotten on our own, the clues as crazy as they were had us laughing, crying at times (just joking), and it did what we wanted, and brought the team together!
I will highly recommend my colleagues and even families local to the area to take advantage of your hunts for a day of fun!!! Looking forward to trying out a different area!"

Neela Ramjattan Johnson & Johnson

"I just wanted to say thank you very much on behalf of my team for preparing the brilliant Greenwich Treasure Hunt, which we all took part in last Friday.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves – with competitive streaks coming out of some unsuspecting members!
People have been asking me for your details as they were so impressed, so I won't hesitate in recommending you.
We have also all definitely become more observant in the past few days, looking up and around at things we wouldn't normally spot!

Michelle Ringer Save The Children

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