Over recent years, as a family we have competed a number of murder mysteries and treasure trails with treasuretrails.co.uk and have great fun deciphering the clues and discovering the history and environment of the wonderful villages, towns and cities we have visited in England.
So, in December 2020 when we were getting a little restless staying indoors doing puzzles and watching the telly, we decided that a local treasure trail would be the perfect outdoors distraction where we can socially distance, discover somewhere new but still local, and have some fun!
We ashamedly haven't taken the children to Cambridge very much over the years and seeing as we are so local, and with it steeped in so much history and beauty, we decided to take a little trip and complete a murder mystery treasure trail around the University side of the city. There are 5 different Cambridge treasure trails, where other towns and cities often only have one, so we were spoilt for choice!
We chose a 2-hour murder mystery trail called 'Cambridge Fitzwilliam', a circular route around the south eastern side of the city, passing many of the University Colleges and along a short stretch of the River Cam too. It is all outdoors too, so perfect if you need or want to stay outside!
With a tween and a teen and being a rather competitive family(!) we had lots of fun deciphering the clues and working out which suspect was the murderer and their weapon of choice! The added bonus was the beautiful architecture and how the city is steeped in history... needless to say it won't be the last time we go as both adults and kids really loved the afternoon we had there.
Cambridge is the second oldest English-speaking university in the world, being founded in 1209. It has 31 different and distinct colleges all with their own history, stories and style. Sights in Cambridge include magnificent libraries, beautiful courts and breathtaking views from the Bridge of Sighs (Queen Victoria’s favourite) and the mind-boggling Mathematical Bridge. We liked taking a look at Kings College and all the Punts lined up on the River Cam, waiting for Spring and non-covid times!
For more info if you are visiting Cambridge take a look at visitcambridge.org
There are also treasure trails in Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham too, have a look on their website before your stay at The Stable and print out your trail booklet or download the pdf on your device, we have found it's a great way to explore.
Debbie, Mullion Barn owner and manager.
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