Find out how our Culture Editor, Thomas Crawshaw got on when he tried out Escape Kent earlier this week.
If you’re looking for something different to do – something unlike anything else you’ve ever done before, then do this.
We had the chance to try out another one of Canterbury’s escape rooms, this time over at Escape Kent in Wincheap, and it was an experience like no other.
Out of the two escape rooms over at Escape Kent (Alien Escape and Kidnapped) we tried Kidnapped. Here’s the official synopsis:
After years of hard saving you have finally made your dream come true, to be able to travel throughout the USA, but little do you know where this trip will take you. Midway through your travels you find yourself in the grasps of one of Texas’s most renowned serial killers and cannibal, ‘The Butcher’. No one knows who he is, only that he leaves little left of his victims after he has satisfied his appetite for human meat. You find yourself locked in a dark, dank basement with no recollection of what’s happened, all you know is that you need to escape alive, or risk succumbing to the disturbing appetite of the man who had kidnapped you, The Butcher.
If that doesn’t sound intense enough for you – then try it. Honestly, it’s so immersive and intense. You expect to get stuck in and try your very hardest to get through the room in good time but you don’t expect to start believing that you are actually stuck in a basement and you must escape in order to avoid death.
Without spoiling it (because where is the fun in that?) you enter the room with nothing but your raggedy rucksack and your team mates. From then on out it’s up to you to navigate through the trials, puzzles and riddles in order to get out of the rooms and into safety away from The Butcher.
These escape rooms are full of fun and you really leave feeling like you’ve accomplished something – it’s also a massive test of friendship so make sure you do what we do and make a pact to leave what is said in the escape room in the escape room.
Besides the task at hand, the staff at Escape Kent are amazing. From the minute you walk in the door and are showed into the waiting room (which is full of little illusions and puzzles for you to crack to warm your brain up before tackling the room) till you leave the building, the staff do whatever they can to make you feel welcome and at ease. If you are unsure about whether or not you’ll like the rooms, keep this in mind – make sure you know they’re always there to help.
So save that £20 you’re going to use on a box of popcorn at the cinema, hold back that Kaspa’s date a tad longer and head up to Escape Kent for an hour. You’ll leaving feeling like you’ve just done something completely unique, immersive and magnificent.