If you go out and socialise quite a lot with friends it can sometimes get a little repetitive the things you do. It mostly might mean a few beverages out at the pub, food out, bowling or maybe the cinema. Add on a few years and you may be grown up enough to have meals at each others homes or when you have kids your socialising becomes “playdates” at the latest child friendly venue. It can all get a little boring if were honest and the lure of staying in with your comfies on and a new series on Netflix becomes too much to resist. So what if I told you that there is a new activity out there that blows Netflix and chill right out of the water?? Interested?? Yeah I was to.
Ever heard of Escape rooms? Well they have more recently been a group activity for parties or stags/hens in all the big cities but they are slowly becoming the activity to enjoy with friends or family either day or night. The idea is to complete a set of puzzles and clues that will lead you to your end goal and freedom from the room.
We were recently invited along to try out one of these exciting ventures in the heart of Newcastles city centre, The Escape Key – Escape rooms.
The Escape Key is a little hidden gem just off Stowell Street and currently has two Escape rooms to choose from. The Armageddon Room; where you are in a Cold War bunker with an asteroid on its way to earth and the 60 minutes timer is set for you to activate the bunker again and send out a rocket to destroy the threat, great for sci-fi fans. Or the Plague Room, which is based on Newcastles “plague pit” which can be seen out of the window down into the church grounds and past history when in one summer half the population was wiped out from the plague. You have 60 minutes to outsmart the plague doctor and escape the black death.
Me and the missus went along with another couple one Sunday afternoon to attempt the Plague Room. On arrival we were greeted by the owner and our game master and were given a little background on the venue before watching a brief history film on Newcastles plague history before entering the room.
Once you enter the room the door is locked behind you, and the timer is set for 60 minutes to try and escape. The game master is always watching and can communicate with you if required. Which we were thankful for at one point when we were all overthinking one of the clues and sending ourselves potty in the process – a subtle hint from the game master and we spotted what we had completely overthought!
Obviously I cant give too much away as that would spoil the game but I can honestly say it was the best hour I have spent in a long time! We all had a great time and left buzzing and eager to book up for the next room we can conquer. Make sure it is on your to do list this year, either as a couple or a group of friends – you will not regret it!
We managed to complete and escape the room with 27 seconds left to spare, yes we were cutting it fine! It was a bit of a panic at the end, I have never seen my missus run so fast for a long time! But we did it – I would of gutted if we failed to escape.
Escape Key are currently in the middle of preparing a new room, and the theme sounded great so we are definitely booking up once it is opened! The only issue will be getting our group of friends all together when we dont have work commitments or have babysitters for the occasion!
The Escape Key is currently offering a special deal with prices starting at only £45.00 – click here
This is a sponsored post, I was given the opportunity to try out the Escape Key for free in return for a review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.