Treasure Map Trails is a new company who make and sell treasure maps of towns like Leighton Buzzard. The founder is a local dad who wanted a way of keeping the kids entertained. Currently there’s only a Leighton Buzzard version of the map, but there are other locations to follow soon.
We were very kindly gifted a copy of the Treasure Map Trails for Leighton Buzzard but they did not see the review prior to publication and had no input it the contents.
The map is the Leighton Buzzard that we all know and love, but not as we know it! The street names are correct, as are some of the landmarks, but the rest of the map is beautifully illustrated. There are 10 squares on the map – these are where you will find the treasures. At the bottom of the map there are 10 images of the things that you are looking for. Simply try to spot the treasures and mark their location on the map. Simple.
On the back of the map there’s some interesting information about the history behind the sites and some clues (if you need them). To be honest, we didn’t have any problems spotting any of the treasures, although the kids sometimes needed prompting to look up, down and all around them!
If you’ve done the Children’s Trail in Leighton Buzzard then you’ll already know some of the things you’re looking for on the Treasure Maps Trail. I don’t think that’s a huge problem though.
The treasure hunt
We started our treasure hunt in Parsons Rec Ground because it was near where we’d parked our car! Most of the treasures are then on, or slightly off of, the High Street so there isn’t too much walking involved. Overall we took about 90 minutes leisurely pace to do the whole thing (with the odd stop along to way to nip into a shop). We then went back to the park to play. Hubby has decided that he really likes this park. Apparently it has the nicest public playground toilets he’s ever been in. Praise indeed!!
What I like about things like the Treasure Maps Trail is that it makes you stop and look at the town around you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your home town or somewhere new, you’ll still spot things you’ve not seen before.
Maps are £4.99 each. Available from the Treasure Map Trails website.
Use town centre car parks. We paid £2 for 3 hours.
Our Treasure Maps Trail review