Berkeley Spring Sherlock Stroll 2021 – how to join in the fun

Step into spring with Berkness + prizes donated by the Co-op...

How observant are you?  Take a stroll through historic Berkeley and spot features and curious details that you have probably never noticed before.  

Berkness has created a short trail which goes around the town’s heritage conservation area using only paved or gravelled footpaths.  Including the walk back to the start, the whole stroll is just under a mile but can be done in stages.

Rainbow sections...

The trail is split into 7 short sections, each coded a rainbow colour.  We start with red at the top of the High Street and end with violet in Jumpers Lane.  These can be seen on the trail map below.

For each rainbow coloured section, there is a collage of 4 numbered photos for you to identify.  The trail can be done in one outing or in stages in any order.

Normal eyesight will be plenty good enough so no detective’s magnifying glass or telescope are required – but if you find all the curiosities you can quite rightly say, “Just call me Sherlock”.

Berkeley satellite image: ©2021 Google - Imagery ©2021 Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, Maxar Technologies, Getmapping plc

With the spring flowers coming out and the temperatures getting warmer, it is an especially uplifting time to take a closer look around Berkeley.

It will be fun to enter even if you choose to pass on a prize.   All you need to do is email Berkness a numbered list of where or what each photo is.  (Full details below.)

Even if you only partially do the trail but find at least half the curiosities, you can win a separate prize for the optional question:  On your Berkeley Spring Sherlock Stroll, what caught your eye and why?

In fact, I’m not sure anyone will manage to identify all the photos – so there is a challenge for you!  It has been fully tested using a human guinea pig.

If you have missed the closing date of 18th April 21, it is still fun to do the Sherlock Stroll.

For ease of use when you are out and about on the trail, the numbered photos (and map again) are on a separate page.  That page can be reached via a link at the bottom of this page or here:

Berkeley Sherlock Stroll – trail & quiz photos


Prize pack of 1 jumbo animal pad + all other items shown
Adult prize of Prosecco and chocs

The Berkeley Co-op has kindly donated a number of tempting prizes, including some items not in the shop.

There are separate prizes for children/teenagers and adults.

There are three prize packs for under 18s.  Each pack includes drawing/colouring materials and an assortment of confectionary and juices.

The prize pack for over 18s includes a bottle of Italian sparkling wine and a box of chocolates.  (Non-alcoholic substitute available.)

Those who have identified the most photos will win.  If there is a tie for prizes, there there will be a tie-breaker random draw.

Further prizes for optional question:
The optional question is:  On your Berkeley Spring Sherlock Stroll, what caught your eye and why?  If you have found at least 14 of the curiosities in the photos, then you can enter the optional question.  There are two prizes for the answers the judge likes best – a box of luxury chocolates or an Argos in-store £10 voucher.

Winners will be emailed back to arrange prize delivery locally.

How to enter...

Who can take part:
Anyone can try out the Berkeley Spring Sherlock Stroll!  Prizes are open to anyone who lives, works, studies or is cared for within 3 miles of the GL13 postcode area.

Parental consent for under 13s:
If you are under 13 years of age, a parent or guardian must email on your behalf.

Closing date:
End of Sunday 18th April 2021 – the last day of the Easter school break.

Email Berkness:
Simply email your numbered list of what & where each curiosity is – e.g. metal thing above church tower door.

Don’t forget to include any answer to the optional prize question (see above).

To email, click/tap on the envelope icon at the top of this website.  If you are emailing on behalf of more than one person, one or separate emails are fine.  I do not have enough confidence in Facebook/Messenger to recommend it.

Other info to include:
There is no need to include personal details except a first name, and whether under 18 or an adult by the closing date.  That info will be used only to award prizes.

Once all prizes have been given, all emails and addresses will be deleted.  Your data will be used for no other purpose than for the Berkeley Spring Sherlock Stroll as specified above.  If you are under 13 years of age, a parent or guardian must email (and receive any prize) on your behalf.

You can see Berkness’s full privacy policy at Privacy Policy

Any queries, please feel free to contact Berkness.

Happy Spring.  Enjoy and have fun!