Chichester treasure hunt start-up includes city trail

A Sussex treasure hunt company has been launched, where people pay to download the trails from the website or on their smart phones.

The trails, which are all over the county and include hunts in Chichester, Midhurst and Petworth, give the user a tour of the city with questions to answer en route. There is even a leader board online where you can compete with other treasure hunters.

Tim Carter, who launched the company Black Cat Treasure Hunts, had been working in leisure for years and decided to set up the company after he found himself unemployed.

He said: “I wanted to try something different and fun. I went to university in Chichester so I know the city very well. I’ve created a route that starts from the Festival Theatre and takes you around a great deal of the city.”

Some of the treasure hunts are harder than others, but they are all suitable for families and Mr Carter said there will be some where adults do better and some where the children will come up trumps.

He said: “Villages, towns, cities, the countryside and the seaside all feature in the Sussex-based hunts in an ideal way for individuals or families to discover and find out new things about their surroundings.

“The large majority of hunts only cost £1 or £2 meaning this is a truly affordable way to have fun.”

Mr Carter hopes to expand the business and set up more hunts, as well as talking to local hotels and businesses about sponsoring the hunts, and offering them to their customers.

Personalised hunts can also be set up, and Mr Carter has recently tailored a treasure hunt for a hen do. There is an opportunity to set up trails for birthdays or corporate events.

The treasure hunts range from short-time fillers of 30 to 40 minutes up to three-hour driving expeditions.

Visit the Black Cat website at www.blackcattreasurehunts.co.uk for more information, and to see where all the hunts are.