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Southsea Treasure Hunt Mystery: Southsea's Laughing Sailor

Activity provider: Mystery Guides

Southsea Treasure Hunt Mystery: Southsea's Laughing Sailor

Activity provider: Mystery Guides

From US$ 9.14 per person

Join the adventure, and turn the streets of Southsea into a GIANT outdoor escape room! Search for clues, unlock the puzzles & unravel the amazing mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor!

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  • Unravel the exciting story of Southsea's iconic Laughing Sailor
  • Discover Southsea's hidden local history
  • Get some fun outdoor exercise
  • Visit 4 of Southsea's most historic and atmospheric taverns
Full description
The legendary Southsea mystery.. .. unsolved for 100 years.. Until now. ✔️ Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure to treasure with your friends. ✔️ Combine your skills to crack the clues & unravel the epic tale. ✔️ Discover Southsea's amazing history & hidden gems! In the summer of 1910, Southsea's iconic laughing sailor became the victim of a terrible crime, after a mysterious figure smashed the machine and silenced his laugh forever. Was it an act of revenge? Nobody knows.. But the villain left a trail of clues.. … and this is where you come in. The pages of your Mystery Guide™ take you on an exciting puzzle adventure through the heart of Southsea, as you follow the maps, unlock the clues, and unravel the epic tale. Your challenge is to track down hidden objects, decode symbols, and uncover hidden messages, as you eliminate suspects and gradually unpick the crime. And an exciting twist awaits… Make it to the end and you'll be struck by an amazing ‘wow’ moment when the case is solved and the villain is revealed before your eyes! Simply grab your Mystery Guide™, head to the start, and set off at a time that suits you. Don’t let the villain get away... Your time to start is now!
  • 40-page colour booklet containing a story to unravel, cryptic clues to solve, amazing local history, and colourful maps to follow.
  • 10% off in The Jolly Sailor
  • 15% off at The Phoenix
  • 20% off lunch at the Queens Hotel (Mon-Thu)
  • Food & Drink
  • Tour Guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Please enter the gift shop at Portsmouth's City Museum & Art Gallery, and show them your booking receipt. They will then provide you with your activity materials. Please ensure that they give you 1 booklet for every 2 people that you have booked for.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Pen

Know before you go

  • The duration of this activity is around 3 hours
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Difficulty: Medium (Adults + older children)
  • Clues to solve: 16
Customer reviews

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I took this experience at the weekend with my partner, and we both loved how it took us on a journey around Southsea. Having visited the seafront many times, it was so enjoyable to walk down streets and see the real Southsea that we wouldn’t have otherwise done. And we loved every moment of it! Southsea has some real character, making us fall in love with it even more! With a smile on our faces, we genuinely got excited about finding the next clue and solving the next part of the mystery - it really captivated us - something we weren’t expecting, especially as we aren't overly into history! The instructions and directions were clear, the clues weren’t too hard thankfully (although there are hints on the back page!), and it’s been cleverly written. This experience is an excellent value for money experience for families looking to do something different and engaging. It also takes you on a tour of many pubs around Southsea! Highly recommended to everyone who loves to explore!

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October 3, 2022

Product ID: 416929