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Turn the streets of Southsea into a 'whodunnit' treasure hunt adventure!

Discover Southsea's amazing history and secret hidden gems
Combine your skills to crack the clues and unravel the epic tale
Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure to treasure with your friends
Includes 4 historic taverns en route

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. Plus, 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!

Distance - 4.5 km
Duration - 3+ hours

This is a self-guided treasure hunt which begins at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ. Please note: The museum is closed on Mondays. Simply show the staff a copy of your payment receipt, and they will issue you with The Mystery of the Laughing Sailor activity book. Bank holidays may affect opening times.

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    • O6346HQlas
      Sheffield Mystery Guide
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th November 2023
      Such an interesting way to discover a place for the first time! Directions were clear and found all the clues. Would certainly recommend. Read full review
    • Neil H
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      Calorie burner
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 29th November 2023
      Great fun and a great way to burn off the calories whilst making regular pub pit stops after solving clues. Will be looking to do a few more of these Read full review
    • Tim B
      Newbury, United Kingdom
      A fun thing to do.
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 4th December 2023
      Great day out. We laughed loads. We know Oxford well but discovered so much more. The clues were funny and not impossible. Well devised. Read full review

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    Southsea Treasure Hunt: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor

    Type:Walking Tour

    Starts at Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LJ

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    The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

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