IF YOU go down to the shops this month, you’re sure of a big surprise, for every bear that ever there was… will be in the TN Card summer treasure trail. Independent shops that have signed up to local reward initiative, the TN Card, have laid on a summer activity trail that offer sweets and a prize draw to children combing Tonbridge High Street for answers.
Running until Friday, August 26, children can pick up a free Teddy Bear Trail sheet from any of the 20 independent businesses with a teddy in their window, and visit another nine shops, asking questions and picking up little treats.
Questions include: ‘How many flavours of Gelato does Creams Factory offer?’ and ‘What is Jo’s favourite board game at Planet JJ’s?’
With only ten questions required per trail sheet, but 20 shops participating, the trail could potentially even cover two days out.
Children can drop completed trail sheets at ABMV Chartered Accountants (175 High Street) between Monday and Friday, to receive a special certificate and sticker for supporting local stores.
The event prize draw will see three lucky children win a teddy bear of their own – on display in the window of Gorgeous George – as well as prizes sponsored by the E.M. Forster Theatre, Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf, Truly Beauty and COOK.
There is even a bonus competition for children who colour in the cover of their trail sheet. Artists at the Artspring Gallery will choose their favourite to be exhibited at the gallery, and the winner will also receive a teddy bear and a trip to Clip n Climb donated by Clip n Climb.
Andy Myers, managing director of the trail sponsor ABMV, said: “As the owner of a local family business that has been on Tonbridge High Street for almost twenty years, I have watched my own family grow up as ABMV have developed.
We are very pleased to support the TN Card with this fantastic family initiative, as Jess has done so much to encourage and support our local independent business community.”
Jess Gibson, founder of the TN Card retail scheme, said: “With four young children of my own, I know just how long – and expensive – the summer holidays can be.
“The TN Teddy Trail was inspired by my sons and their love of treasure hunts; I wanted to give families a fun and free activity right on our High Street, that entertains little ones whilst also showing our independent businesses some love. The boys have enjoyed doing the Teddy Trail and I hope everyone else does too.
“Thank you to ABMV for getting behind the idea and helping to make it a reality.”
Prize winners will be announced in the week of August 29. More trail information can be found at TheTNcard.com/TN-teddy-trail