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Dorchester Super Sleuth Photo Competition starts 18th July

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Last summer the Dorchester BID (in association with the Town Council) ran the highly successful ‘Sporting Country Flags’ competition. The feedback from the shops, mums and dads, grandparents and of course, the kids was so positive that we had to have another one this summer!

This year’s competition…….Are you a super sleuth? We are looking to the children of the Dorchester area (and our visitors of course) to prove how good their detection and observational skills are when it comes to finding secret locations of shops and businesses around town. There are two age groups this year 10yrs and under, 11yrs and over (max 16yrs). Both age groups will have 1st second and third prizes of £70, £40 & £20 in the form of vouchers to spend, where possible in a shop in Dorchester of their choice (some shops last year added extra to the prize too!)

Silhouette of Sherlock Holmes.
Can you use your Sherlock Holmes skills to become a super sleuth?


The children entering will be on a detective mission: All participating shops will have no visible clue from the outside that they are in the competition, but they will have a close up photograph taken of either an iconic part of their building, part of a logo or some other good visual clue as to where the photo was taken. Some shots might be close-up photography; others might be a clue by the kind of products sold. Some will be easy some much harder, so it should test the detective in all those entering!

Once a shop/business has been identified by the photo, the young super sleuth needs to go into the business and (hopefully) polity ask for a sticker for their collection. If you are a parent please go in with them if you can. This sticker will be a miniature version of the photo to add to their collection. The winners in each age group will be drawn out of a hat but if no one has a full set then it will be the ones with the most correct answers.

Our spies are everywhere! Like last year, budding super sleuths will be able to tweet/facebook their own clues to friends if they want or ask our secret agent, @Dorchdude on twitter or via our facebook page (Dorchester Thomas Hardy Country) for cryptic clues to help find some of the harder ones. ‘Like/Follow’ these accounts to get the latest on the competition, clues and other useful information.

How to enter: It’s simple, just go to either the TIC (Tourist Information Centre) in Antelope walk or the Town Council office in North Square to get your free Mission Report (available from Sat 18th July) and then you will be ready to start solving the photo clues and locations.

The full set of Photo clues to be hunted down will be available as a download from our website ( from the 18th July and for those with no computer access they will be available from the TIC and the Town Council office in North Square.

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