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Treasure! The Admiral's Emerald


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A Hunt for Missing Treasure in Royal London!

The story so far...

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell was a famous sea-captain in Britain's Navy and a favourite of Queen Anne. History tells us that the Admiral possessed a large emerald ring, a gift from his friend Captain James Dursley, the 3rd Earl of Berkeley.

In 1707, after winning many battles at sea, there was a disaster. In a storm, when returning to England, Admiral Shovell's fleet of ships got lost and hit the rocks of the Scilly Isles in the Atlantic Ocean. The Admiral's body was found washed up in Porthellick Cove on the island of St Mary's. However, when his body was identified, the Admiral’s famous emerald ring was missing.

How did the ring disappear? Did it fall off during the shipwreck? Or was the Admiral, as history suggests, alive when he was found but then murdered for the ring by a wicked Scilly Islander? Where is the ring now? Is it still hidden somewhere on St Mary's Island? Or does it lie at the bottom of the sea along with the wreck of the ships and Admiral Shovell's lifeboat?

We have discovered a sea-chest (an old wooden box), in the Admiralty building in London, the Headquarters of the British Navy. Inside are a series of clues. The answers to the clues are located around St James's Park and the streets and buildings nearby. If you can solve all the clues, you might be able to help us find where the treasure is today!

This is an activity for groups of up to 50, working in separate teams. Teams follow routes on a map to visit 20 marked clue locations. The puzzle is solved using the compass points North, East, South and West.


Suitable for: ages 5 to 12 working closely with adults. Two separate versions - KS1 for ages 5 to 7, KS2 for ages 8 to 12.

  • School Trips
  • Learning English
  • Children's party excursions

Location: St James's Park, Westminster, London

Recommended start location : in the park entrance closest to Buckingham Gate.

Time required: Approx 2 hours (KS2), 1 hour (KS1).

Distance: Less than 2 miles in total. The KS1 version is shorter and self-contained within St James's Park, whereas the KS2 version explores famous streets nearby.

How it works: This is an activity for groups up to 50, working in four or more separate teams.Teams depart in different directions, but everyone finishes at the same time. Teams are searching for the answers to clues and selecting the answer from illustrated options given. The second part of the puzzle requires attention to detail and the use of compass directions to work out the location of the missing treasure on a fictional treasure map.

Formats: This game is available as a schools pack for UK schooltrips or overseas visiting students. Foreign language versions have instructions and clues in native language and answers to select in simple English, so this is suitable for beginners learning English. Also available for Intermediate English students

This is a ready-to-play packaged game so cannot be personalised.

Want us to run it for you? Hosting is not available but we offer a meet-and-greet service in native language (please add to cart separately).

Timescales and Booking: UK customers please allow 2 weeks minimum notice for self-run game packs. Overseas customers 8 weeks notice minimum preferred for bookings. We aim to despatch 6 weeks ahead of the trip to enable teachers to prepare vocabulary with students.


The Admiral's Emerald is suitable for school trips and students learning English as a Foreign Language

Core pack for schools

  • Clue booklet in English or English+other language
  • KS1 version includes the answer sheet only. Teachers read out the clues.

Schools packs are available in 10-team, 25-student or 50-student sizes. 25- and 50-Student packs include one copy of the main booklet PER STUDENT, together with one set of organiser's instructions and answers, plus a copy of the activity materials per accompanying adult. For 25- and 50-student packs, a 10-student extension pack is available (add to cart separately). We can supply a risk assessment to teachers in advance if required.

  • Teacher's packEnglish  French  German  Spanish
    • One copy of materials plus organiser instructions, score sheet, suggested follow-on activities, optional risk assessment (in English).
    • Other language variants are available to those shown, please enquire.
  • Language level: Basic or Intermediate A guide to English language levels used in Discovery Games
    • Foreign language variants have clues and instructions in native language. Answers are in English with illustrations for guidance.
  • Delivery overseas: Choose from standard untracked delivery (free) or premium (tracked) delivery. We aim to dispatch the packs six weeks prior to the booked date to give teachers time to prepare.

A meet and greet service for schools is also available for £120 (in English) or £150 (other language). Please add this to the cart separately.

For 25- and 50-student packs, a 10-student extension pack is available at £96 (add to cart separately).


Timescales and Booking:

  • You will be asked to specify the date of your activity, if known, at checkout.
  • Please allow 2 weeks minimum notice for delivery of self-run game packs.
  • For hosted bookings, 4 to 6 weeks minimum are preferred. We will get in touch with you to make arrangements.
  • Hosted bookings are not binding until our booking contract has been exchanged.
  • It may be possible to supply packs at shorter notice, please contact us at to enquire.

Delivery overseas:

Choose from standard untracked delivery (free) or premium (tracked) delivery. We aim to dispatch the packs six weeks prior to the booked date to give teachers time to prepare.

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