Bored This Summer? How About Some Geocaching Fun by Bus?

Stagecoach Manchester launches a city wide treasure hunt

Treasure hunting has gone a long way from paper clues and finding given objects on a sketch map. Even the technology used in the Treasure Hunt game show (1983 – 89) looks joyously archaic: clunky radios have given way to cellular communications. Had Chatsworth Television’s series been revived in the 2010s, today’s sky runner would only need a smartphone.

Today’s treasure hunters have apps to aid them in their treasure hunts. It is called geocaching these days, and one such app is Adventure Lab. This month, Stagecoach Manchester have teamed up with its developers to launch a city-wide treasure hunt.

Instead of paper clues and sketch maps, geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. It uses GPS to navigate participants to specific coordinates. Once at these coordinates, people can attempt to find the hidden containers, as well as answer questions in order to complete mini challenges.

Launched on 01 August, participants on Stagecoach Manchester’s treasure hunt will need to make their way around ten locations. All of which are scattered in Central Manchester and surrounding area. These locations include Treetops Adventure Park in the Printworks, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Sea Life Manchester at the Trafford Centre. What’s more, all locations are accessible by Stagecoach buses.

Stagecoach Manchester’s family tickets are available from just £6.50, which allow unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses for one adult and one child. For another £2.20, you can add First, Go North West, Stott’s Tours, MCT Travel, and countless other operators with System One Travelcards’ Any Bus ticket (£8.70). With two adults and two children, a Group Dayrider is £10.00 (or £14.50 for System One Travelcards’ equivalent).

At each location, families will complete a series of interactive tasks in order to unlock a treasure, as well as information on how to find the next spot. Participants will also have the chance to win a family day out, simply by taking a photo at each of the ten locations. As well as this, everyone taking part can sign their name on a virtual book to record their visit.

Prizes up for grabs include a Family ticket (up to five people) to Treetop Nets at Treetop Manchester and a KICKair family ticket. The trail will be open until mid-September to tie in with Geocoinfest Europe, which is an annual show and coming to Manchester for 2019 on September 7th. Thousands of Geocachers will be travelling to the area during that weekend to take part in the festival. 

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “We’ve teamed up with Geocaching.com and the Adventure Lab app to offer families enjoying the summer holidays to get out and about in Manchester, finding some of the hidden gems in the region they may not be familiar with, and also learning a thing or two along the way as well.

“The trail is simple and easy to use, just download the app, search for the Stagecoach Manchester Summer of Adventure trail and then enjoy the trail. Happy hunting!”

Greater Manchester’s modern-day and not-so-modern-day landmarks, a bus ride away.

For your ultimate Summer of Adventure, you can download the Adventure Lab app via the Greater Manchester Days Out By Bus website.

An EM60 Presentation, 05 August 2019.

Images courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2019.

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