The Hunt for the Devil’s Toenail

The Hunt for the Devil’s Toenail was a bespoke, interactive, indoor and outdoor treasure hunt, spanning four days and four locations in and around Scunthorpe, North Lincs.

The aim of the hunt was to complete at least one of three mini treasure hunts at the first three locations around Scunthorpe, in order to find a final fourth location where players had the chance to win a one-of-a-kind, solid silver brooch based on the Devil’s Toenail fossil. Players also got the chance to meet some of Frolicked’s colourful characters along the way:

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The Devil’s Toenail fossil (which looks a little bit like the talon of a strange beast!) can be found on the beaches along the coast near Scunthorpe, which is why the coat of arms of the town also features two Devil’s toenails:


Our director, Beka, produced three original illustrations of the first three locations, which were won by players in 3rd, 2nd and 1st place:

We also created a series of bespoke maps for each location to give players a fighting chance to find all the clues:

Spread across the clues was a coded sentence that players had to unscramble and solve (with the help of their wits and the illustrations accompanying each clue). Here is an example of one of the codes featured in the Hunt, based on the Mayan language:


To find the final location, participants had to complete a mini hunt to collect the pieces of a treasure map. Players had to finish at least one hunt in person, but could then download the rest of the map from our Facebook page:

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