Team building activity

Information for organisers

Treasure Hunt Oxford is a great activity for your team-building event, office away day or an activity to bring together remote teams.

We’ve organised hundreds of excellent experiences, catering for groups of 6—200!

A group of colleagues enjoying a treasure hunt, stood in the sunshine.
5 colleagues posing outside a catherdral playing a treasure hunt.
A group of people playing a treasure hunt on their phones outside a church.
Four people posing by a flood sign while out on a treasure hunt as part of their work do.
A large group of people outside a church ruin, playing a treasure hunt
A large group of workmates, dressed up as pirates with inflatable swords, out on a treasure hunt

How the game works

The game works like a Whatsapp Group chat with a pirate character who leads each team around Oxford. They have to figure out cryptic clues by finding things in the city.

Everyone in a team can access their link on their own phones. They all see each others' messages just like a group chat.

Screenshot of a group message

Demo game: Treasure Hunt Oxford

Here’s a demo game (open on your phone):

Split into teams of 6

For big groups we suggest breaking into teams of up to 6.

Each team should start 5 minutes apart. That way they aren’t on each others' toes but they’ll see each other at any planned breaks along the way.

Duration & breaks

The game takes 1½–2½ hours depending on breaks.

We recommend planning in a break at one of Oxford’s excellent venues along the way.

Here’s a map of Oxford showing the full route (no spoilers!):

Start and end points

The game starts at the castle mound and takes them on a fixed route that we’ve carefully designed.

It ends at St Ebbe’s Street.

Make it a competition

When each team finishes, they are awarded a score.

To get a perfect score, they’d need to get every clue right first time with no hints.

As each team finishes, their score will appear on your leaderboard. When all teams are finished, you can refresh the leaderboard to see who won.

Leaderboard page showing multiple teams

We suggest competing on score rather than time as it’s nicer to ṫake your time rather than rushing.

How to book

Pay by card

It costs £9.99 per person (including VAT).

The fastest and easiest way is to book online and pay by card.

You’ll get all your games and instructions instantly.

Pay by invoice

Contact us if you’d prefer an invoice. Invoices must be paid at latest 3 working days before your game.

Once it’s paid, we’ll create your games and send your instructions manually.

We normally charge a manual payment fee (£20 plus VAT). To avoid this, book online and pay by card.

You allocate teams

You’ll get an email with a unique link for each team.

As the organiser, you allocate people into teams and give the links to the people in each team.

Need help?

Get in touch and we’ll sort you out.

Ready to book?

Book online now.

A great team building day

I booked the Oxford treasure hunt as part of a work team day. There was 9 in total and it split into two teams which I liked as I wanted a bit of a competitive edge. The whole team said that they really enjoyed it. Even personally, this was my first time doing a treasure hunt and it was very engaging. I had only been to Oxford once prior to this and this felt like I had thoroughly seen it.

“This treasure hunt is a great way to see the centre of Oxford, have some fun and learn a few things along the way! The riddle-style clues get you thinking and the ‘treasures’ are at all levels, so you see so much more than if you’re just walking around.”

—Steven B, Google

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