Exploring a new village,town or city is a key component of why many people choose to take on a treasure hunt. This blog goes back to basics by picking out one aspect each from ten different places featured on Black Cat Treasure Hunts` website to discover all sorts of different reasons that enhance that choice.Alfriston: Taking a treasure hunt around this village is like going back in time. Sometimes a step back gives you a better perspective. A classic church,a riverside walk,quaint shops and a smuggling past allow you to properly explore at your own pace. A small village maybe, but it should be high up on the list of any visiting tourist to Sussex.
: Embrace the dominant attraction
. You will not be in Arundel for a minute before realising the mightily impressive castle is the key feature. The treasure hunt allows you to take many photos of the castle from different angles...you will probably gain many likes on Instagram...but crucially there are only a couple of castle related questions. There is in fact a lot more to Arundel than the castle and the circular route will help you to appreciate that.Bexhill
: All of the treasure hunts on this website aim to provide as much variety as possible for the visitor. Bexhill is a classic example of this in that is is a town of contrasts
itself. It is the `home of British motor racing` on one hand, but features a quiet and relatively undeveloped seafront and stretch of coast on the other. The hunt route goes inside the elegant, art deco style De La Warr Pavilion but also extends to finding an Iguanodon egg and huge frog! Bognor Regis:
This town wins gold star status for its accessibility.
Naturally flat, gentle man-made slopes to and from the promenade and regular information boards make this an ideal place for a treasure hunt to be completed by anyone in a wheelchair or with a pram/pushchair in tow. A mural of David Bowie,the great Hotham Park with its Alice in Wonderland theme and a working weather station amongst many other things await.Brighton
: Sometimes it is possible to be overwhelmed by all the competing attractions in somewhere like Brighton. Our treasure hunts will gently guide you around all the must see sites, but at the same time subtly taking you past street art
and down streets that other tour guides do not have the opportunity to do so. The street art changes rapidly, but its ingenuity,volume and skill is unparallelled across the South. Proper exploring goes beyond the obvious
and where better than Brighton?Chichester
: Doctor Who`s `Tardis` was famed for being a small phone box on the outside and a spacious time machine inside. Although it is correct to call Chichester a city, I more naturally think of London,Birmingham,Liverpool etc with plenty of walking to be done. Chichester is a quieter and compact
city though and creates its own `tardis effect` in reverse. The treasure hunt route ticks off sculptures,parks,hidden gunpowder,a cathedral and a Roman walls walk. There`s a lot to be said for compact as you power up a high value exploring opportunity.
This town must be your choice if history is your thing.
It is almost purpose built for that theme of treasure hunt. Starting at the Priory Ruins..on to the house given to one of Henry VIII`s wives..through connections to revolution, past a well preserved Norman castle and then finishing at a memorial to protestant martys and a hint of Lewes` famed bonfire night tradition. The county town of Sussex awaits your visit.
: If you are looking to venture out of Brighton to somewhere a little quieter, but still nearby then this village is my choice. The residents are proud of its ambience and range of things to see and do. During the hunt you will walk through the genteel surrounds of the Rudyard Kipling Gardens and yet it finishes up in the wild and often blowy area by the big black windmill. Combine variety with relative calm.
This town is built on a hill and also takes time to travel to if you are staying in the Brighton/Eastbourne/Lewes areas. In other words it is not scoring too well for accessibility and yet I strongly urge you to make the effort. A perfect circular treasure hunt route
is kind to an explorer maximising what they can see and find.It starts by presenting the opportunity to pose in front of cannons and cannonballs, goes past a church and with views out to a wind turbine farm and then towards the end up the amazing cobbled Mermaid St complete with its hilariously named houses, Rye delivers on many fronts.Worthing
: I used to think of this town as a little staid and uninteresting, but that is well wide of the mark and in fact the opposite is true. A treasure hunt is actually the ideal moment to re-configure your opinion of a place
. It`s got ancient and modern, funny and interesting, odd historical references, parks and a pier and finishes up with a plaque about a`warrior pigeon`from the town during WWII !! What`s not to like?
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