Treasure hunts and runs mean a packed fun day at Hitchin Priory

In the running: Talents boss Tracie Franklin and stylist Casey Papp.

In the running: Talents boss Tracie Franklin and stylist Casey Papp. - Credit: Archant

After the success of Rhythms of The World, Hitchin Priory is gearing up to play host to another fun-packed weekend when a half marathon, treasure trail and fun day come to town.

The treasure trail and 1k fun run has been arranged by the team at Bancroft hair salon Talents to raise money for the Hitchin British Schools Trust.

People are invited to buy a map for £5 and follow the trail on Sunday, which includes visiting a host of independent businesses holding the letter to each clue. Once all the letters are collected, they spell out the name of a secret location.

The winner is in with the chance of scoring a £100 prize, and second place hopefuls will get a free family visit to the British Schools Museum.

Salon owner Tracie Franklin said: “I love being part of the community. Everyone likes to get involved, and I think there should be more events like this. We can make the town such a fun place.”

Treasure maps can be bought from the salon or the museum in Queen Street.

The event has been organised on behalf of the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse, who have arranged a host of activities for Sunday, including the annual Hitchin Hard Half Marathon and 10k.

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Entry is now closed, and hardy competitors will set off from Hitchin Priory at 9.30am.

There will be plenty to do in the grounds of the Priory as part of a family-focused fun day, with a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, toddler play zone, candy floss and face painting all promised on the day.

Entry to the grounds is free and events will run until 12.30pm.

To find out more about the activities on offer as part of the event on Sunday, visit

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