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Code Breakers - how many messages can you find?

Code Breakers half-term activity Oct 2022

Keep the kids busy and active during October half term with Code Breakers, an intriguing new project developed by our Public Health team to promote active travel.

10 coded messages on different poster designs will be placed at locations across Gateshead. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to decode the messages on all 10. You'll need to walk, cycle, scoot or wheel between parks, libraries and other locations to find the posters and crack the codes - no driving allowed!

It's completely free to take part, all you need is a Code Breakers key sheet and a pen or pencil to record your answers. You can pick up a key sheet from your local library or download and print a copy (PDF) [368KB] (opens new window) . The key sheet also includes space to record your answers and a map, but it won't show you the exact location of every single poster - finding them all is part of the challenge!

If you prefer to play without paper, smartphone users can use the Google map and online key sheet. Answers can be recorded in your notes app.

Once you've decoded all 10 messages, you can show your answers at any of our libraries and collect your Code Breakers certificate. Find your local library.

Don't worry if you don't get to all 10 locations during half term, the posters will stay in place for a few weeks afterwards.

Please stay safe while you're out and about finding posters and cracking codes. Why not use the opportunity to practice the Green Cross Code as a family? Stop, Look, Listen, Think.

Rainy day activity

We've also created a Code Breakers colouring booklet featuring the poster designs (but no coded messages - you'll need to get active to find those!).

Download and print the booklet (PDF) [526KB] (opens new window)

Let us know what you think

Code Breakers is a pilot project. If you're taking part, give us your feedback by completing a short survey to help us understand what worked and what didn't. This will help us improve future rounds of Code Breakers.

Complete the survey.

Code Breakers half-term activity Oct 2022
03 October 2022

Keep the kids busy and active during October half term with Code Breakers, an intriguing new project developed by our Public Health team to promote active travel.

10 coded messages on different poster designs will be placed at locations across Gateshead. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to decode the messages on all 10. You'll need to walk, cycle, scoot or wheel between parks, libraries and other locations to find the posters and crack the codes - no driving allowed!

It's completely free to take part, all you need is a Code Breakers key sheet and a pen or pencil to record your answers. You can pick up a key sheet from your local library or download and print a copy (PDF) [368KB] (opens new window) . The key sheet also includes space to record your answers and a map, but it won't show you the exact location of every single poster - finding them all is part of the challenge!

If you prefer to play without paper, smartphone users can use the Google map and online key sheet. Answers can be recorded in your notes app.

Once you've decoded all 10 messages, you can show your answers at any of our libraries and collect your Code Breakers certificate. Find your local library.

Don't worry if you don't get to all 10 locations during half term, the posters will stay in place for a few weeks afterwards.

Please stay safe while you're out and about finding posters and cracking codes. Why not use the opportunity to practice the Green Cross Code as a family? Stop, Look, Listen, Think.

Rainy day activity

We've also created a Code Breakers colouring booklet featuring the poster designs (but no coded messages - you'll need to get active to find those!).

Download and print the booklet (PDF) [526KB] (opens new window)

Let us know what you think

Code Breakers is a pilot project. If you're taking part, give us your feedback by completing a short survey to help us understand what worked and what didn't. This will help us improve future rounds of Code Breakers.

Complete the survey.

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