Treasure hunts in Essex

Treasure Hunts in Essex

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Treasure Hunts in Essex?

Treasure Trails booklet held up in front a bridge on the Treasure Hunt in Essex.

What is a Treasure Hunt?

A Treasure Hunt in Essex is the best way to explore a new destination whilst having fun with friends and family. A perfect socially distanced outdoor activity for a cheap day out with the kids. Treasure Trails design their adventures with families in mind. Each map has easy to follow directions and clues that the whole family can solve together. The treasure trails are self led so you are free to start and finish your treasure hunt at your own leisure and even change days if the weather doesn’t look agreeable. All the locations of the treasure hunts are outdoors and in public spaces, so you don’t have to worry about places being open or closed.

Who are they for?

Treasure Hunts are suitable for all ages. Younger children in the group may need some assistance with clues but there is still lots they can do to help solve the mystery. They can definitely have fun looking out for items and spending time outdoors. Equally there is plenty to challenge every age member. Completing these trails have been challenging and so much fun in groups with both children and adults. Treasure Hunts are best suited for small groups of up to 4-5 people.

Where are they?  

Treasure Trails offer 14 different locations in Essex for you to explore, from classic seaside towns to picturesque villages and hamlets. Plus there’s over 1,000 Trails across the UK to choose from so when you’re planning your next holiday, don’t forget to check if there’s a Treasure Hunt to do where you’re going! Once purchased, you can choose to have your booklet posted or a version to download. A downloaded version is a great option if you have a printer at home. You can then start immediately.

Emma Mitchell holding trail booklet at Chelmsford historic waterways treasure hunt by treasure Trails. Starting point at Springfield Basin.
Treasure Hunts in Essex are located at:
  • Burnham on Crouch
  • Chelmsford
  • Chelmsford – Historic Waterways
  • Colchester
  • Dedham
  • Harwich
  • Maldon
  • Mistley
  • Rayleigh
  • Saffron Waldon
  • Sible Hedingham to Finchingfield
  • Southend Centre
  • Southend – Seafront and Cliffs
  • Tiptree to Tollesbury

Chelmsford Historic Waterway Treasure Trail

This was a spectacular adventure trail, with some amazing and interesting view points. We had to eliminate locations on the map by solving the clues and finding the final resting place of the treasure. Once you have completed your quest you can text the answer to Treasure Trails and be entered into a monthly prize draw.

We walked along the Canals and Waterways and got to see a completely different side of Chelmsford. The Trail started at Springfield Basin and did a big loop so you finished where you started. It was approximately 2 miles long and 2 hours is recommended for completion. Part of the trail led us through the High Street which presented a great opportunity for a refreshments stop. Please bear in mind that there is a lot of water on this trail and not always behind railings so be mindful of little ones. The whole of this trail is on pavement so both buggy and wheelchair friendly.

You do not require a map as each booklet has clear directions to follow. We found both the directions simple to follow and the clues fun and fairly simple to locate and solve. You can text and request a clue if you are stuck during a treasure hunt in Essex. All details are in your Treasure Trail booklet.

Springfield Lock at the Chelmsford Treasure Trail
Chelmsford Historic Water Ways Treasure Hunt in Essex

Rayleigh – Murder Mystery Treasure Trail

This Treasure Hunt is an exciting murder mystery where you play detective to find out ‘Who Dunnit’! The Rayleigh Treasure Hunt takes you on a interesting historic tour of the town whilst solving clues and eliminating suspects and weapons. You get to walk along the High Street and visit the gorgeous sights of Rayleigh Windmill, Rayleigh Mount, the Church and the park. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments or breaks. This trail is approximately 1.5 miles long and 1.5 hours is recommended. We did take slightly longer on this trail as some of the clues were a little tricky.

The whole of this trail is on pavement so both buggy and wheelchair friendly. You do not require a map as each booklet has clear directions to follow. If you do get stuck during a treasure hunt in Essex you can text and ask for a clue. All details are in your Treasure Trail booklet.

Rayleigh Wind Mill part of the treasure hunt in Essex by Treasure Trails
Church in Rayleigh

How to book

We have absolutely loved going on our Treasure Hunts in Essex, we can’t wait to visit many more. They really are so much fun, whether you’re with friends of family. I would absolutely recommend them. For more information please visit Treasure Trails website. At £9.99 each, the Trails are very reasonably priced for a family day out..

A girl reading a treasure hunt book at Rayleigh in Essex

We were gifted this experience but all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own. All prices and details were correct at time of publishing. Thank you for reading ‘Treasure Hunts in Essex’.

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Treasure Hunts in Essex, a collage of photos from Chelmsford and Rayleigh treasure hunts with treasure trail

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