A week ago, I was lucky enough to go to *Breakout Cardiff to try out one of their escape rooms. This is something that has been on my wish list for so long, but I have never got around to doing, so you can imagine my excitement when I received the email.
The escape rooms are located in the centre of town in the Brewery Quarter. If you are not familiar with Cardiff, there is plenty of parking nearby and it’s surrounded by so many different coffee shops, restaurants and bars if you fancy making a day or evening of it. Abi and I chose to go for a quick cuppa in Uncommon Ground before making our way over to the escape rooms. We were so excited, but had no idea what to expect; especially as we knew we had been assigned to the ‘Cursed Carnival’ room.
Once we finally made our way into the building and introduced ourselves, the member of staff asked us to take a seat and he would let the game operator know that we were ready … I suddenly felt like I had signed up for the Hunger Games! Obviously, I do not want to ruin the experience for you, but you are put into a room and have 1 hour to work your way through puzzles, riddles and games to make your way to the end of the rooms, complete your mission and escape. Our task was to return a creepy doll we had won at the carnival (that happened to be leaving in an hour) or all our worst nightmares would come true.
I have to say this was one of funniest experiences of my life. Abi and I were screaming numbers, patterns and colours at each other for the whole hour (sorry hun!). It was stressful and frustrating, but in the most hilarious way ever! Some things were staring us straight in the face, yet we were completely oblivious which made it even funnier. We were so close to escaping and had a good idea of what we needed to get out, but ran out of time.
I haven’t laughed so much in ages! I cannot wait to go back and try another room as it’s one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. Our game operator was Hazel and she was absolutely lovely. I’m pretty sure she had a few giggles watching us trying to escape too. After having such a good time and deciding it was too early to go home, we decided to stop for dessert. We were also defeated by our waffles too, in case you were wondering. We spent hours chatting about the escape rooms, blogging and just life in general.
If you would like to try one of the rooms at Breakout Cardiff you can book here. The prices range from £12 to £18 depending on the day of the week and number of people playing. If you are not so keen on clowns and carnivals, there are 4 other rooms to choose from including Sabotage (the hardest of them all), Classified (x2) and Disturbed. If you love puzzles and games and you’re looking for something new to do, I cannot recommend the experience enough!
Have you been to any escape rooms before? Let me know in the comments what you thought!
*Thank you to Breakout Cardiff for kindly gifting me this opportunity