Southsea: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor
Southsea: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor
Southsea: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor
Southsea: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor
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    We loved it and would highly recommend!

    We absolutely loved this and would highly recommend! It’s such great fun and an amazing way to see the beautiful and historical sights whilst learning interesting and unusual facts and essentially playing a real life version of cluedo! (All in your own time)
    PD Phelan, TripAdvisor

    History, mystery and fun!

    I've done other walks and treasure trails, but I still learnt some fascinating facts. I loved the clues, some of them were quite cryptic and you had to think outside the box. It's a really well put together book and treasure hunt. Great for spending time and working together.
    Michelle, TripAdvisor

    A perfect pastime

    This was a great way to spend a few hours. We loved the look and straightforward layout of the hunt that took us round a very attractive route. The interesting facts were a bonus adding the ideal amount of detail between clues.
    Sarah, TripAdvisor
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Southsea: The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor

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Turn the historic streets ofSouthseainto an exciting outdooradventurewith The Mystery of Southsea's Laughing Sailor!

Can you catch the villain behind Southsea's most legendary mystery?

Solve the clues &unravel the story
Discover amazing local history
Get some fun outdoor exercise!

🍺 Includes pub discounts & 20% OFF lunch at The Queens Hotel.

According to local legend, in the summer of 1910, a strange character appeared on Southsea Common for the first time, who became an overnight celebrity and a treasured city icon; a mechanical laughing sailor owned by local handyman Quentin Price. However, on one sunny morning as Price was fixing a broken carriage wheel, someone secretly destroyed the machine in a terrible act of vandalism!

Why would someone want to silence Southsea’s iconic sailor? Was it a personal grudge against Price? Or did someone grow envious of the machine's huge profits?

Use your Southsea Mystery Guide to explore historic streets, unravel the story, and track down the shadowy vandal behind this legendary unsolved mystery. On your journey you will be challenged with a range of cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects, as you immerse yourself in a unique story adventure and discover the best of Southsea's fascinating history.

Includes local food & drinks discounts:
🍺 10% OFF in The Jolly Sailor pub
🍺 10% OFF in the Phoenix pub
🍽️ 20% OFF lunch at The Queens Hotel (Mon-Thu)

'A fabulous Southsea adventure!!'

Distance: 4.5km walk

Duration: 3+ hours

Difficulty: Medium

(Adults + older children)

Players: 1-3 per booklet

Clues to solve: 16

Starting Point: Portsmouth City Museum, Museum Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ

    We loved it and would highly recommend!

    We absolutely loved this and would highly recommend! It’s such great fun and an amazing way to see the beautiful and historical sights whilst learning interesting and unusual facts and essentially playing a real life version of cluedo! (All in your own time)
    PD Phelan, TripAdvisor

    History, mystery and fun!

    I've done other walks and treasure trails, but I still learnt some fascinating facts. I loved the clues, some of them were quite cryptic and you had to think outside the box. It's a really well put together book and treasure hunt. Great for spending time and working together.
    Michelle, TripAdvisor

    A perfect pastime

    This was a great way to spend a few hours. We loved the look and straightforward layout of the hunt that took us round a very attractive route. The interesting facts were a bonus adding the ideal amount of detail between clues.
    Sarah, TripAdvisor