The Butterfly Hunt 2017-03-31T14:45:59+00:00

The “Butterfly Jewel” Treasure Hunt

Masquerade is a picture book, written and illustrated by Kit Williams, published in August 1979, that sparked a treasure hunt by concealing clues to the location of a jewelled golden hare, created and hidden somewhere in Britain by Williams. It became the inspiration for a genre of books known today as armchair treasure hunts & is the spark of light behind our “Butterfly Hunt”



We have chosen some beautiful places in Lancashire and as with the original book Masquerade commissioned works of art from a Lancashire based artist. These unique pieces of art hold all the clues you need to solve the NAME of each location from the comfort of your own home.

You then have to physically visit the place & using the clues, locate a small box containing 2 digits.
Only when you have all the clues, will you be able to solve the master riddle leading you to the £5000 jewel encrusted Butterfly.


For over 6months now we have worked on this beautiful & unique hunt finding some of the most magical places in Lancashire steeped in history, myth & heritage. Then using our individual skills we have set an intriguing quest to find the Stunning “BUTTERFLY JEWEL”

Our Treasure Hunt starts from the comfort of your own home, with the family young & old, for serious treasure hunters, in social groups of friends or even in schools & youth groups. You can solve 3 of the clues with some clever thinking & some online research enabling everybody who joins the “Butterfly Hunt” to get some fun from it.

After the third clue it gets trickier & you will have to become like detectives looking for all the tiny clues in the artwork . Once you have solved the location part of the puzzle you then have to physically visit the place to locate a small box there. Containing 2 digits this will lead you on to solving the master riddle & locating  resting place of the £5000 Jewel incrusted Butterfly.

Each Unique piece of art contains everything you need to pinpoint the the riddle boxes at each location & our guardians of the riddle boxes ensure that no foul play can ensue. Once you have all 12 digits you will have solved the master riddle. This will form an Ordnance Survey grid reference that will lead you to within 5meters of the Butterfly Jewel & again if you have studied the artwork closely enough you will instantly recognize the final resting place of the “Butterfly Jewel”

The Down By The Riverside “BUTTERFLY HUNT” is supporting 4 Local Charities so all you have to do is click on the charity you want to support when making the donation & they will benefit. So put on your thinking caps & get out your detectives notebook and be the FIRST to solve all the clues and find THE £5000 JEWEL …..


The Baby Beat Appeal – is a local registered charity established thirty years ago and raises funds for the two hospitals which are part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in order for them to stay at the very forefront of new developments and technology designed for babies born within our community. Our remit covers four key areas: beforepregnancy with research, during pregnancy with the latest monitoring equipment and technology to date including the wellbeing of the Mother, following delivery with Neonatal equipment and sadly beyond with bereavement support.

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Ataxia –  is the name given to a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination, and speech. There are many different types of ataxia that can affect people in different ways. Some forms of ataxia are treatable, but in most cases there is still no cure. At Ataxia UK we are dedicated to supporting those living with Ataxia, their families and carers. We do this through the services we offer, such as our helpline, online resources, and national support groups. We are also a medical research organisation, funding research projects in the hope of finding a cure or treatments for Ataxia.

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St Johns Hospice – is a local charity which provides free palliative care to patients with life shortening conditions. Our services cover a population area of 250,000 people in North Lancashire, South Lakes and parts of North Yorkshire. We have been caring for our community every minute of every day since 1986. We put local patients and families at the heart of everything we do to ensure the right care, in the right place, at the right time on the journey towards the end of life.

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Wolfwood Rescue – Established ten years ago, we are a local independent charity dedicated and passionate about our work. Wolfwood is a centre for injured, displaced and wildlife casualties. We receive them from our local vets, RSPCA Officers, members of the public and provide our own recovery service. We give all care, treatment and rehabilitation before releasing them back into their natural habitat. Wolfwood is also a centre for rescue, stray and unwanted dogs, as well as those who for whatever reason cannot stay in their own home. All aspects of their health and welfare are covered while waiting for their new loving home. Our rescue horses & ponies are kept until they are fully recovered and then offered as companions. We provide placements for various community groups and colleges. Our work relies on the income from our three charity shops, fantastic volunteers and supporters, donations and fundraising.

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