Solve puzzles at this year's Christmas Challenge Trail

Press ReleaseUpdated: 21 November 2023Leisure, parks and culture

Be prepared to be transported into a winter fairy-tale this festive season as Three Rivers District Council unveils a new Christmas Trail at Leavesden Country Park.

Starting from Tuesday 21 November, families can celebrate the festive season outdoors by taking on the Christmas Challenge Trail to win a prize by solving riddles and puzzles at 10 stops across the north and south of the park.

The Christmas Trail – which runs until Monday, 1 January 2024 - is completely free and is designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The trail was devised in partnership with outdoor geo-games developer High Street Safari.

To play, participants must visit the 10 stops in any order by scanning the QR codes as they walk with a smartphone camera or typing the URLs printed under the QR codes directly into the browser’s address bar.

By scanning the QR codes, participants will collect digital stamps and be presented with fun puzzles and riddles at each stop. They can then see the augmented reality characters or selfie masks. 

Having completed all the stops participants can take a prize badge selfie and download a free e-book. Residents must use the same browser on the same device for character collection.

The 10 stops can be viewed via the interactive map here. You can also view more information on the Christmas Trail here.

Bethany Barrett, Play Development Officer at Three Rivers District Council, said: “It just wouldn’t be the festive season without a Christmas Trail; however, it will be different this year by incorporating technology to encourage more people to explore the whole of the wonderful Leavesden Country Park.

“Celebrating the festive season outdoors not only brings some extra Christmas cheer but also brings mental and physical health benefits for the whole family.

“I can’t wait for families to discover the magical things that are in store for them at Leavesden Country Park."

PHOTO CAPTION 1: Hannah Henson, Three Rivers District Council's Community Parks and Sustainability office, hanging out with one of Santa's friends.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: One of the ten stops residents can scan using their smart phones.