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Fun halloween treasure trail at Cardinham Woods

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Fireside Tales

Things are getting spooky down at Cardinham Woods in time for Halloween. 

Treasure Trails Cornwall and the Forestry Commission have teamed up to develop a special Halloween version of Stumped, the game of Treehouse bingo around Cardinham Woods.   For half term only families can go on a ‘Witch Hunt’ through the woods to claim a mysterious prize. 

Cardinham Woods is under attack from the evil Wizard Harlen who is threatening to destroy all the amazing wildlife in the woods.  A good white witch has given the recipe to a secret spell that can overcome Harlen to her 10 best friends – the colourful witches of Cardinham.  Come down and help track down the ingredients to save Cardinham Woods!  Clue sheets cost £2 each and are available from Woods Cafe during normal opening hours – 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Woods café at Cardinham will also be open as always and will be serving their range of superb home cooked treats.

Stumped is a game of wildlife bingo designed by the experts at Treasure Trails.  Hidden throughout the woods are 22 special bird boxes – each with a wood-themed image attached to play the game. Find your 10 selected boxes, make a line and shout at the top of your voice “Treehouse”!  You can then enter a draw to win a cash prize.  With each card being different, you can try your luck more than once and enjoy a variety of walks around Cardinham Woods.

Hidden somewhere safe and secure that no one has yet discovered is a secret beast – a bird box disguised as a tiger. Find this special box and earn a chance to win a mystery prize. Take up the challenge and become the first to find the Beast of Cardinham Woods.

Chris Mason, Recreation Manager with The Forestry Commission at Cardinham Woods, says:

“Stumped is a great activity for the whole family and at £2 per go, great value for money.  We wanted to offer a themed version for half term and this ‘spooky’ trail will be great fun for the kids.  Why not come down and have a go.  All of our other trails will be open as normal too.” 

Cathy Brabner of Treasure Trails Cornwall says: 

“Treasure Trails is all about a fun and exciting way to explore for all ages, and working with the Forestry Commission is an excellent method of doing just that in an environment of such outstanding natural beauty, with so much to offer.Stumped is excellent value, costing only £2 per card and provides varied entertainment for all - and with each being different there is no end to the trails you can find yourself on around Cardinham Woods. We wanted to do something special for Halloween so for a limited time, you will be able to enjoy a spooky witch hunt; so if you are up for the challenge, and have little fear, come down to Cardinham Woods over the October half-term period to enjoy an extra special treat, Stumped at Halloween.”

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Notes to Editors

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

For further information, please contact Kirstie Smith, Forestry Commission Communications Manager on 01392 834249.