Stomp for Stamps 2022

Stomp for Stamps logo 2022This summer, get your stomping shoes on and track down the Pompey Monsters and their friends with Stomp for Stamps, our annual children’s treasure hunt.

Throughout the summer holidays, between Saturday 23 July and Saturday 3 September, you can take part in our big adventure, and walk, cycle and scoot your way to great prizes. Stomp for Stamps is about taking part and having fun with your friends or family, however at the end of the challenge, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve learnt, like map-reading, art, and interesting facts about each local area.

With all the walking, cycling and scooting you’ll be doing, you’ll also learn greener, more active travel habits that will help you stay fit and healthy. And by travelling less by car, you’re making the air cleaner and safer to breathe for everyone!

This year, the Pompey Monsters are introducing you to the natural world with help from their animal and insect friends. While you’re out exploring, why not visit Cumberland House Museum on the Southsea route, visit our local dinosaur, and discover more about our local wildlife? Or you could pop into the City Museum and find out about art and local history.

Once you’ve completed the challenge, there’s a choice of great prizes for you to collect from libraries, including a natural cotton drawstring bag, new for 2022 (subject to availability)!

Take part

  1. When you’re ready to get started, pick up a booklet, some paper and a pencil or crayon from your local library. Inside the booklet you will find four route maps.
  2. Walk, cycle or scoot your way around each route to track down the monster connected with the area, and its animal friends.
  3. When you find a monster and animal plaque, make a rubbing with a pencil or crayon. You can even bring a favourite pencil or crayon from home to do this. If it’s rainy, you can take a photo instead.
  4. When you’ve completed the challenge, return to the library with your rubbings and swap them for a sticker for the back of your book.
  5. Once you have collected at least three stickers, show the back page of your book to staff at the library and exchange it for a Pompey Monsters prize!

Having problems tracking down a monster? Check out our hints sheet and you’ll find the plaques in no time!


Stomper’s tips for a safe journey

  • Stay safe – Never go stomping on your own. Always take an adult with you – a parent, carer or family member over 18 years old.
  • Stay hydrated – Take some water in case you get thirsty.
  • Dress sensibly – Wear sensible stomping shoes and make sure you wear the right clothes for the weather. Check the forecast before you set off.
  • Have fun Stomping. Why don’t you tell your friends and do it together!

Where can I pick up a booklet?

You can pick up a booklet from any Portsmouth library

How old do I have to be to take part?

The challenge is open to children from four years old.

How many areas do I need to complete to claim my prize?

You need to complete three out of four areas to claim your prize.

When can I take part in the challenge?

The challenge starts on Saturday 23 July and closes on Saturday 3 September. You can collect stamps throughout the week, but check the opening hours of the libraries involved to help plan your journey.

Which rubbing plaques can I find on each route?

Southsea – Stomper, butterfly, dragonfly, swan

Milton Common – Wheels, fox, frog, newt

Old Portsmouth – Scoot, squirrel, gull, pigeon

Mountbatten/Tipner – Breezy, bee, ladybird,  grass snake

What if I can’t find a monster?

Having a problem? Email the safer travel team.

How do I claim my prize?

Place your stickers on the sticker page, then write your name, age, school and class. Return your completed page to any Portsmouth library by Saturday 3 September and choose your prize (subject to availability)

Are there toilets on all the routes?

Not every route has public toilets nearby but many places like cafes, shops and other premises make toilets available to anyone. Look out for the Community toilet scheme stickers.