You might remember that I met Tracey Harding of Visit Ely at a Gourmet Brownie event earlier this year. Tracey invited me to get a team of Ely bloggers together to try out the Ely Escape Room. She was keen to find out what we all thought about the challenge.
Escape Rooms are a bit of a thing at the moment, aren’t they? I doubt many are as atmospheric as the one in Ely. It’s set in a genuine Tithe Room. In the 17th century oak-panelled room, Oliver Cromwell would have sat and worked on all things tax related. I wonder what he’d have made of its use now! Wasn’t he a paid-up member of the fun police? Or was that a myth…
It was with a little trepidation that our team met at Oliver Cromwell’s House – a tourist destination in itself and home to Visit Ely – to see what fate awaited us. Only one of us had been in an Escape Room before, and she admitted to being “SO BAD AT THESE”. What in the world could go wrong?! 😉
I thought I’d hand over the reins to one of the team – my lovely friend Jennie – to tell you about it from her point of view. I think she sums up the experience perfectly.
In Jennie’s words
“If you’re looking for a bit of intrigue and a mini adventure, the Escape Room at Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely could be just the thing.
Escape rooms are increasingly popular as a way to have fun with friends or as an alternative to more corporate team-building exercises. But what would happen when a group of Escape Room newbies, several of whom had never met before, came together to try and solve this particular challenge?
Would we escape successfully and scupper a sinister plot, or fail and wind up feeling complicit in a heinous crime?
Without wanting to spoil the adventure for any budding escape roomies out there, what I can say is the scene was set in a back room at Oliver Cromwell’s House. We were given just enough information to know what we needed to find out, but had no idea how we were going to do it, and with that the countdown clock began.
With 60 minutes ticking away we set about scouring the room for any possible hints, and quickly overcame any nerves of not having a clue what we were doing. At the first discovery of pertinent information we were spurred on, sharing anything we found with each other and working together to figure out what was a lead and what was a red herring.
We made good progress and with only a couple of extra prompts appearing under the door we managed to foist the plot with a respectable 8m22s left on the clock.
We came out with a sense of achievement and camaraderie, with the added bonus of getting to look round the Oliver Cromwell’s House afterwards. This may have been my first Escape Room, but without a doubt it won’t be my last!”
It won’t be my last, either, and when the Ely Escape Room changes its theme again, I’ll be going back. You get such a buzz at the end, in fact, each time you crack another clue. I can see how it can become addictive and I’m keen to try one elsewhere. Although, I don’t think I’m ready to challenge the current world record of 22 Escape Rooms in 24 hours…
Have you taken an Escape Room challenge? Please share your story.
Bye for now!
Disclosure: Our Escape Room and subsequent tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House were complimentary. All words are our own.