Stomp for Stamps 2020

Sign up for a map book

Join Pompey monster, Stomper, and his friends, Wheels, Scoot and Breezy, and follow their maps to guide you to the hidden treasure.

Stomp for Stamps is about having fun, safely! It's also about encouraging you to walk, cycle or scoot more, helping you to learn map-reading skills, discovering more about your city, and helping to make our air cleaner for everyone to enjoy.

To get started, simply sign up to receive a map book in the post or pick one up from Central, Southsea or North End Library.

Important information for parents

We hope you and your family enjoy our treasure hunt. To keep everyone safe and to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, please take these precautions while taking part:

  • If you, your children or anyone in your group are feeling unwell please return home and try again when you are feeling better. Follow the government's advice about staying safe and preventing the spread of coronavirus.
  • Avoid touching the posts to prevent the risk of contamination.
  • Stay a safe distance from other people as you stomp, cycle or scoot. If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, maintain a 1 metre distance and take precautions.
  • You and your children should wash your hands regularly. We've marked out toilets on each map where you can safely do this. If you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitiser.
  • You must wear a face covering in libraries, shops and many other public indoor spaces, so please carry one with you. Children under 11 do not need to wear one, but accompanying adults do. Find out more.

How to take part

It's easy to take part. Here's what you have to do:

  • Once you have your map book, use the route maps to track down the Pompey monster who looks after each route. You'll find them, numbered 1 - 4, either on wooden posts, metal posts or railings.
  • When you have found each monster, use a smartphone or camera to snap a photo, then visit Central, Southsea or North End library with your book.
  • Show the librarian the four photos and they will give you a sticker for your book.
  • When you have completed at least three of the four routes, and filled in the 'About you' information, take the back page of your book to a library and pick up your prize. The choice of prize is yours - a cuddly Stomper toy or a Pompey monsters water bottle. 
  • Once the challenge has closed we will return the sticker page to you at your school

Remember, the maps are a rough guide so please keep your eyes peeled to track down the monsters.

All you need to do is:

Track, snap and stick

Participating libraries

  • Central library - Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2DX
  • Southsea library - Palmerston Road, Southsea PO5 3QQ
  • North End library - Gladys Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 9AX

Libraries are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm. Find out more about libraries including their plans to keep customers safe. 

Stomper toys and water bottles are now available in libraries, ready to be collected, so once you have finished at least three routes, take your book along to your nearest participating library to collect your prize.

Stomper reminds you:

  • Stay safe - Never go stomping on your own. Always take an adult with you - a parent, carer or family member over 18 years old.
  • Be very careful about crossing busy roads and never cross without an adult. Always stop, look, listen, think
  • Stay hydrated - Take a drink in case you get thirsty.
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it regularly, especially if you touch a surface.
  • Dress sensibly - Wear comfortable shoes and make sure you wear the right clothes for the weather. Check the forecast before you set off.
  • Have fun stomping. If you tell your friends about Stomp for Stamps you could do it together, as long as you keep a safe distance apart!


  • Where can I pick up a booklet?

Sign up to receive a map book From Central, Southsea or North End library or ask us to send you one using our online form

  • How old do I have to be to take part?

The challenge is open to children from 4 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 23 July and closes on 4 September. You can collect stamps throughout the week, but check the opening hours of the libraries involved to help plan your journey. Currently libraries are only open Monday to Friday.

  • What if I can't find a monster?

If you can't find a monster, try using our hints sheet below.

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 on the sticker page of the book. Return your completed page to a participating library by 4 September and choose your prize.


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