LOOKING for an excuse to get out into the fresh air on New Year's Day?
Then organisers of the Middlewich Treasure Hunt may have exactly what you are seeking.
Every year for the past 14 years, enthusiastic residents have dressed up warm and gone out and about for a charity treasure hunt - and last year's winners, who are organising this year's competition, are hoping to make it the best yet.
Paul Hardy, one of 2006's victorious team, explained: 'This has been going on since 1992, when Christina and Terry Wakefield ran the first town treasure hunt.
'Since then it has grown so that now we have a shield and prize for the winners, who also get to donate all the money raised to the charity of their choice.
'The winners also get to organise the next year's hunt, which helps to en-sure no-one runs out of ideas.'
Paul and his team have been preparing clues and prizes for the competition for the last month and hope as many people as possible will take part.
He said: 'It's a really good event and the more the merrier. We start at the Boar's Head pub on Kinderton Street and then after all the fun and games are over we end up in the Narrowboat Inn, where there are drinks and hot soup available. As well as being a good social event and a fun way to start the year, we also usually raise a couple of hundred pounds for charity.'
This year's hunt begins at 1pm on New Year's Day, ending around 3.30pm. Adults must pay £2 to take part, but youngsters go free.
To take part, just meet at the Boar's Head on the day.