Breakout Manchester RSS Feed https://breakoutchester.com/ RSS feed for Breakout Manchester en-us Copyright (C) 2014 breakoutmanchester.com We are Breakout Chester We are Breakout Chester, we are a live room escape game situated in the heart of Chester. We challenge members of the public to be locked in one of our puzzle rooms for 60 minutes while they attempt to escape. With the clock ticking down rapidly the challengers search franticly to find clues and solve puzzles to hopefully piece together all the elements they need to Breakout. Opening to the public on November 11th 2016 we launched with just our Vacancy room in which players raced to escape the room before the serial killer motel manager returns and you are his next victim, and our Wanted room, where you and your gang of Wild West outlaws break in to a Saloon in search of gold and your prized gun! Since our two rooms have launched we have been challenging all of Chester to escape the clutches of our puzzle rooms and attempt to Breakout.nbsp; https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/we-are-breakout-chester Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:17:53 +0000 Why not lock up a loved one this Christmas? Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Why not try Breakout! Christmas is fast approaching, and everyone knows at least one person who is difficult to buy gifts for. Whether you're sick of buying soap, candles and socks, a game at Breakout can be a great alternative present. Our games are the perfect gift for that fussy friend or family member - we lock them in a room for an hour and test their brain power with our puzzles, riddles and clues to see if they can escape. It's much more exciting than yet another rainy-day boardgame, with the bonus of our rooms being toasty warm while the Winter weather keeps us all indoors. Group sizes can range between two to five players in a room, so you can even come along to play with whoever you buy the game for (if they want you on their team, that is!). You can either book directly and send them off, or you can phone whichever city interests you and ask them to email you a voucher after you've purchased the game! With a wide variety of difficulty levels in our rooms, you can even choose how challenging you want the game to be. So if you want to test how clever your family members really are, you could go for a five-star difficulty room like Sabotage (in Manchester,nbsp;Liverpoolnbsp;andnbsp;Cardiff) or Madchester (in Manchester). Or if you want to be kind and start them off with something easier, our three-star rooms like Identify (innbsp;Chester), Cursed Carnival or The Detective Office might be the best place to begin. If you know someone who has been down to play our games before and are keen to return for another round of escaping, they might enjoy a medium level of difficulty such as our four-star rooms Virus, The Facility or Wanted so they can put their skills to the test yet again. There's also the option of choosing your room by theme based on what your friend or family member would enjoy more - got a cousin who is a massive fan of the seven seas an all things pirate-y? Then Shipwrecked in our Liverpool centre would be perfect! The team of treasure hunters are to sneak on board the wreck of the Soldado, haunted by the ghostly Captain Chivers - steal his treasure within an hour and live to tell the tale, if not then become part of the skeleton crew! Or if you have a friend who is a big fans of crime dramas, then Cardiff's newest room would be the perfect gift to buy for them. In Disturbed, the team discover a gruesome crime scene in a warehouse, the last known whereabouts of PC Richards who has been missing for over a week. Investigate the scene and work out what happened to make your escape! With our centres being based in city centre locations in Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and our newest addition in Chester, you can easily make a day of treating that special someone who already has everything! You could add a game of Breakout to the list of activities for the day as each game lasts for an hour, so if you're giving the gift of a day out in the city, a stop off at Breakout can be a nice break from the cold weather of the Christmas markets or a way to get your brain into gear after a meal out. We're open from 10am to 10pm seven days a week, so even if the person who receives a game with us a gift is always busy, it should be easy to find a time that suits them to come down and play! If this is your thing then visit the website of the city you're interested in sending your loved ones to now! https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/why-not-lock-up-a-loved-one-this-christmas Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:17:48 +0000 Popular Breakout Cardiff room “Disturbed” comes to Chester The popular room ldquo;Disturbedrdquo; is set to open in Chester on Friday the 27th January. With Vacancy, Wanted and Identify having come from the Manchester site, our next additions will be courtesy of our Welsh counterparts over in Cardiff and offers something for the thrill seekers amongst us. As the name may suggest, the theme to the room is one of a more unnerving naturehellip;.nbsp; nbsp; ldquo;Your colleague, and friend, PC Richards has been missing for over a week. His last known location is an old abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town which he had gone to investigate one night after work. His obsession with a closed kidnapping case had left him paranoid and wanting to investigate more. You decide to go to the abandoned warehouse to see if you can find any clues as to where he may have gone. You come across a gruesome crime scene. You have 60 minutes, whilst the tech team have the alarms disabled, to investigate and discover the fate of your friend.rdquo; nbsp; As a word or warning, this room is not for the faint hearted! The room wouldnrsquo;t look out of place in a scene from a Saw movie!nbsp; nbsp; We want to play a gamehellip; https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/popular-breakout-cardiff-room-disturbed-comes-to-chester Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:31:01 +0000 Top Tips for Breaking Out of Escape Rooms Escape rooms are sweeping the nation and becoming an increasingly popular activity. People willingly lock themselves in rooms for 60 minutes, and set themselves the task of solving all the clues and puzzles to escape in the given time frame. Some people manage it and some people donrsquo;t, but what are the top tips for breaking out? 1.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Carefully Selecting Your Team Members An integral part of escaping, you have to choose your team before you enter the room based on their individual strengths. You need someone who is good with words for the riddles, numbers for the maths puzzles, someone who thinks outside the box, and someone who takes things at face value and possibly most importantly; someone who has a complex, high functioning mind palace - much like Sherlock Holmes. nbsp;2.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Make Sure You Really Like Your Chosen Team Mates Escape rooms are highly stressful and pressurised environments that tend to show the true colours of all the people that enter them. The rising pressure of the countdown can lead to tension between team members and you need to be able to withstand that. Wasting time arguing with your team really will not help you to escape the room ndash; you need to focus your energy on the puzzles at hand. nbsp;3.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Analysing the Situation at Hand As a team you need to know when to split up and when to stick together, sometimes the most effective way to get through a room is to split up and work on puzzles separately but other times puzzles need the brain power of as many people as possible. In these rooms, you need to be able to judge which is needed. nbsp;4.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Make an Action Plan Action plans are seriously underrated when tackling an escape room. Entering a room and thinking ahead are seriously beneficial things to do; dividing your team up based on their strengths and weaknesses, anticipating how many rooms and how many puzzles there are, and planning how to spend your time effectively are all components of a successful action plan. nbsp;5.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Decision Making Point 2 brings me to point 3, decision making skills are essential. You need to be able to decide when to leave puzzles alone and come back to them later to prevent wasting any time. If yoursquo;re stuck on a puzzle you need to be able to make the executive decision to move on. nbsp;6.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Managing Your Time It sounds obvious, but managing your time in an escape room can be the difference between whether or not you break out. If yoursquo;re spending 20 minutes on one puzzle, in all likelihood yoursquo;re not escaping. Itrsquo;s important to be able to look at the time you have remaining and judge how much of the room you have left and portion your time out correctly. nbsp;7.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Be Suspicious of Everything Yes, sometimes that every day item is a genuine clue. Plain sight is often the best hiding place, and the people that design these rooms know this. Almost nothing is in that room by accident and anything can be a clue. However, sometimes there are red herrings to draw you away from the path yoursquo;re meant to be on ndash; we can be that mean. So be suspicious of everything, except things that are red herringshellip; Sorry. nbsp;8.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Communicate With Your Team An effective team is a team that can communicate their thoughts coherently. One team member may notice something that others do not, and if it is not passed onto the rest of the team then an important clue may be missed. Just because you canrsquo;t link it to another puzzle definitely does not mean itrsquo;s unconnected. If you think of a solution to a puzzle but it doesnrsquo;t work, other team members may be able to take your idea and expand on it to correctly solve the puzzle. https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:52:04 +0000 Breakout's next Charity Day is Thursday 30th March 2017 Itrsquo;s that time of year again where Breakout try to pay back to the community. The two charity days we hold each year are really important to Breakout and who we are, because wersquo;re aware we wouldnrsquo;t be here without the people of the cities wersquo;re based in. We held our first charity day in April 2015 at our flagship Manchester branch and each time wersquo;ve done one since itrsquo;s got bigger and bigger, and now involves the sales of all of our rooms becoming charitable donations and a way of getting local charities actively involved in what we do. And by all our rooms we mean at all four cities, so thatrsquo;s Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Chester all trying to help in the small way we can. In 2016 we raised over pound;6000 with our charity days and we strive to smash that target this year as well. We dedicate certain rooms to the different charities, and then any sales during the day time from that game become donations for them. In the evenings we tend to give these games to the charities themselves to do with as they will. Some sell them on to members and patrons, others get sponsorship for their service users to play and some even raffle their games off. It is completely free for them to do as they will. Chester is a really new centre for Breakout so this time around wersquo;re just donating to our charities, but come October and our next charity we already have things in motion to let the charities take full advantage. Selecting our charities is a careful process, there are some that are just close to our hearts and others that we find from the local area (as much as possible). This time around the charities wersquo;re working with are: Parkinsonrsquo;s UK, Joining Jack, Cheshire Search and Rescue and Nightingale House Hospice. Cheshire Search and Rescue were one of our most successful charities on our last charity day. Cheshire Search and Rescue are a completely voluntary based charity who work to help find those who are lost in Cheshire. Sometimes we donrsquo;t think of Cheshire as a dangerous area, but there is actually an exceptionally large amount of woodland, quarries and moors so there are, in fact, many hazardous areas. As well as countryside based operations, Cheshire Search and find vulnerable people who have either ran away, or left their safe space and donrsquo;t have the capacity to find their way home. We can often be scared enough when we find ourselves alone, but throw in a dangerous environment and this becomes unsafe very quickly. Manchester are still supporting Cheshire Search and Rescue this charity day, but with Chester now in the game, it was lovely to be able to give them more. Nightingale House Hospice is a special charity that is very important to Breakout. It is based in the Wrexham area, as well as the day care unit yoursquo;d expect from a hospice, they work tirelessly to provide extensive Palliative Care Services ndash; Free of Charge. These include bereavement support services, an outpatient clinic, inpatient ward, specialist lymphedema unit, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, physiotherapy inc hydrotherapy pool and ambulance service. Joining Jack are a charity dedicated to raising money to support research to try and end Duchennersquo;s Muscular Dystrophy. This muscle breakdown affects 1 in every 3,500 male children worldwide. And last but not least, Parkinson's UK strive to support people with Parkinsonrsquo;s in the UK. They put a lot of effort into research to find new treatments to help those with the disease are working towards curing the disease completely one day. Between now and the date wersquo;ll release on twitter which games support which charities, but all of them are fantastic causes so there really is no better time to play than our charity day! https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/breakouts-next-charity-day-is-thursday-30th-march-2017 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000 Excalibur awaits . . . After months of development our new room Excalibur is opening on Friday the 10th of November 2017! It will be our first original room at Breakout Chester and is not available at any of our other sites. The staff who have played the test games so far have loved it so we can't wait for it to open to the public.nbsp; The room will unleash the knights within us.... "You and your fellow knights have been kidnapped from Camelot and are being held captive in a tower whilst the intruders allege to be you. Yoursquo;ll need to find a way out of the tower and make your way back to the round table and prove you are the true king by removing the sword from the stone..." This room definitely has an air of adventure and is for the those dying to take up sword for a noble cause.... Excalibur awaits . . .nbsp; https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/new-game-excalibur Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:13:45 +0000 Valentines Day nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;Love is in the air ! Which can only mean that Valentines day is just around the corner, so now is the time to start searching for things to do with your significant other! nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Breakout Chester is the perfect place for you this Valentines day, there is no better way to spend your time than by testing your wits working together against the clock. Being locked in a room for sixty minutes, solving what you can in order to escape is definitely the way to spend a date. With a wide array of different themes to choose from, there is something for everyone. Get your hearts pumping trying to survive a madmans deranged game in DISTURBED, or combine your detective know-how in IDENTIFY putting together evidence to solve a killers dark past. Or play to each others rebellious nature in WANTED as you become outlaws searching for your prize.nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Whatever roles you wish to play, Breakout Chester is the way to add a dash of excitement to your day this Valentines!nbsp; https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/valentines-day Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:50:30 +0000 Easter things to do in Chester Easter is upon us and the children are off school, if yoursquo;re looking for a family day out in Chester then here are a few ideas to keep the kids - and not forgetting the adults ndash; entertained! nbsp; If yoursquo;re looking for a cheap day out why not head over to DEWA Roman Experience, located just off Bridge Street behind us here at Breakout, you can expect to learn all about the ins and outs of life as a Roman Centurion. You can get hands on with various pieces of Roman clothing and equipment and view genuine artefacts which are thousands of years old! Or if Romans arenrsquo;t particularly your thing but yoursquo;re still interested in historical artefacts you can take a trip to The Grosvenor Museum, located at 27 Grosvenor Street, take your time and wander around this timeless curiosity. nbsp; Or if your little monkeys fancy going to see other monkeys, Chester Zoo is only a short trip out of the city, why not head over there to see the brand new super rare Philippine Spotted Deer, one of only 2,500 left in the world, wersquo;re sure itrsquo;s cute enough to take the crown away from Bambi. nbsp; Land animals are great, but if you fancy delving under the ocean and meeting all the inhabitants yoursquo;d find there, make your way to The Blue Planet Aquarium. Again, a short trip outside of town, they have Europersquo;s Largest collection of Sharks! nbsp; Maybe you want to get the family together and test your minds and wits with one of our great escape rooms here at Breakout Chester! We have seven rooms ranging from the easier 3 out of 5 star difficulty, up to the harder 5 out of 5. Donrsquo;t worry if you have never played before we can almost guarantee that yoursquo;ll be hooked as soon as you get locked in! For more information on the types of rooms that we offer just scroll up and click ROOMS at the top of this page! nbsp; Hopefully yoursquo;ll be able to find some ideas here to help get you out of the house this Easter and enjoy spending time with your family. https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/easter-things-to-do-in-chester Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:43:29 +0000 Breakout at London Comic Con 2018 Amongst the Orange is the New Black cast, Lucifer stars and The Walking Dead crew, if you're lucky enough, you might spot our very own Breakout staff at this week's MCM London Comic Con! Congregating from Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester, our Breakout managers from these sites will be manning our very own stall at the Comic Con event. Following our subsequent success at Birmingham Comic Con, we will be utilising three 'pop-up' games, all of which will last 30 minutes (differing slightly from our standard 1-hour escape room games). A brief overview of the games can be displayed below: Vigilante Story: Your friend has been acting strange for a while, and you suspect he is the infamous superhero Breakout Boy. You have snuck into his bedroom to try and find as much evidence as possible, and stumble across his secret lair. You must collect the pieces of his costume before he returns home, to confront him with the truth. Defuse Story: Go and defuse the device to save Comic Con! Premise: Teams have to pass a series of tasks in order to 'defuse' the device. Once the device is defused, they obtain a code to begin unlocking boxes to find a key to escape. We've themed the puzzles for the device around characters from Marvel, with a 'dungeons and dragons' esque character sheet. In addition to this, some board game related aspects feature, also. Our third and final pop-up game will make its grand debut at the MCM London Comic Con event, so if you've already encountered us at previous events, fear not - we have something fresh to bring to the table! Should you and your friends wish to get stuck in, the pop-up rooms cost pound;8 per person, with a maximum of 6 people in a room at a time. So, if you see us at the event, feel free to pop down and say hi - unlike Venom, we don't bite (sorry, we couldn't resist!). We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for information onnbsp;Comic Connbsp;London https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/breakout-at-london-comic-con-2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 13:14:27 +0000 Sick of getting Dad socks for Fathers Day? Sick of getting the generic socks present for your Dad? We have the solution! Why not treat him this Fatherrsquo;s Day by buying a Breakout gift voucher and locking him up in a room, instead? Wersquo;re aware that one of the greatest difficulties is booking a room in for a specific time (especially one in which suits everyone!). The good news is, if your lives are as busy as ours are, you can now purchase a gift voucher for your dad, so that he can reclaim the room whenever his schedule permits. Gift vouchers can be easily purchased on our website:nbsp;www.breakoutchester.com/voucher. Simply click on this link, select off-peak/anytime and how many people yoursquo;d wish to book for, then process the payment. You will then receive a booking confirmation, which will include artwork for you to wrap up, should you wish to (because itrsquo;s always nice having a physical copy for a gift!).nbsp; For those who are unaware of what an escape room entails, the premise of the game is that yoursquo;re locked in a room for 60 minutes, and you have to solve a series of puzzles, clues and riddles in order to lsquo;breakoutrsquo;. We have six different rooms in total, with difficulty levels ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars (with 5 stars being the trickiest). These rooms also all differ thematically, so, irrespective of what your dad is into, wersquo;ll have at least one that caters to his preferences! If your dad fancies himself as the next King, why not give our Excalibur rooms a go? In this room, you are Knights making your way back to the round table to prove younbsp;are the true king by removing the sword from the stone! Or, alternatively, perhaps your dad considers his detective skills to be top notch? If this is the case, he will feel right at home in our Disturbed room, in which you must figure out the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of your friend and colleague, PC Richards. Our other rooms include Disturbed (5 stars) Forsaken (4 star) Excalibur (4 star) Vacancy (4 star) Identify (4 star) Wanted (3 star) and Cursed Carnival (3 star)nbsp; We are open fromnbsp;10am-10pmnbsp;seven days a week, so finding a time which suits everyone should definitely be achievable! With our centres being based in city centre locations in Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, you can easily make a day out of treating your dad. You could add a game of Breakout to the list of activities for the day as each game lasts for an hour, so if you're giving the gift of a day out in the city, a stop off at Breakout could be a nice break.nbsp; Now that yoursquo;ve finished reading this, if yoursquo;re considering purchasing a gift voucher for your dad this Fatherrsquo;s Day, either clicknbsp;herenbsp;or conversely, give us a call at 02920 371 156. https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/sick-of-getting-dad-socks-for-fathers-day Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:23:03 +0000 A Family day out in Chester this summer! With the summer holidays finally upon us you may be asking yourself lsquo;What shall we do this summer?rsquo; Never fear! We are here to help! In a city steeped in history, why not try the Dewa Roman Experience? Starting within a fierce roman fortress; you and your family can have a tour around the beautiful city by a roman solider! Visiting the incredible amphitheatre right through to legendary barracks, yoursquo;ll feel as if you were there yourself! Just remember your left and right! Chester isnrsquo;t all about the Roman Heritage, it also boasts the stunnings Chester Zoo! With hundreds of acres live hundreds of different species of animal! One moment yoursquo;ll be in the rainforest and the next yoursquo;ll be on the African sands. Not bad for one day! There are also daily talks and experiences to immerse yourself in. So, what are you waiting for? If you just fancy strolling around the beautiful city whilst having fun with the kids, The Chester Treasure Trail is just the activity for your family. As the trail takes around 2 hours, you can take in the sights of Chester whilst the kids learn about itrsquo;s deep history with different plaques and historical buildings! If you fancy learning even more about Chester, The Grosvenor Museum takes a journey through 2,000 years of Chester! If you donrsquo;t want to explore by foot then you should hop onto a City Sightseeing Chester Hop On Hop Off Tour bus! See the sights from the comfort of the top deck! Or cruise the famous River Dee on a Showboats of Chester boat! Take everything in whilst you relax on one of 3 showboats! If itrsquo;s something a bit more active that you fancy then jump on this: Flip Out Chester boasts hundreds of inter-connected trampolines across a huge site, so you can bounce, flip, free run and jump your way through the centre! Not only this but you can play dodgeball, try out the Ninja Warrior course AND let the smaller ones try out the foam pit and kids stunt box zone! After all that activity, yoursquo;re bound to have worked up an appetite! The on-site American Diner provides something for all the family. However, if you just fancy pitting your wits against some crazy puzzles (who doesnrsquo;t want to?) then Breakout Chester is the place. With 7 rooms ranging from 3* difficulty to 5*, with different themes, therersquo;s something for all the family. Whether you want to solve a murder or visit the saloons of the Wild West, wersquo;ve got you covered! Situated in the centre of Chester wersquo;re easy to find! If yoursquo;re travelling around the UK this summer, we also have sites in Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester. We look forward to seeing you! nbsp; For more information on things to do in Chester this summer, check out: www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk and www.visitcheshire.com https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/a-family-day-out-in-chester-this-summer Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:25:00 +0000 Bring your Christmas Party to Breakout! So itrsquo;s nearing the end of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting darker. Entering Autumn only means that wersquo;re one step closer to Christmas. Christmas means many different things for many different people, but one thing thatrsquo;s certain is the Christmas do with work. This year, you might be bored of the office party or the sit-down meal ndash; so why not try something different at Breakout Chester! We offer a unique experience, with individuals being locked inside a room for sixty minutes and having to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues to escape. We have eight different rooms, each one with an individual theme ranging from cowboys and knights of the round table, to a cursed carnival and a creepy cabin in the woods. We can accommodate up to forty people at one given time, but can offer multiple times throughout the day ndash; meaning whatever size your party is we can make it work for you all! Wersquo;re located in the heart of Chester City Centre, in close proximity to many different restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs meaning your night out doesnrsquo;t have to begin or end with us! Whatever the event yoursquo;re looking to organise; wersquo;re perfect for Christmas dorsquo;s, birthdays, stag/hen dorsquo;s, team building and so many more. https://breakoutchester.com/blog/post/bring-your-christmas-party-to-breakout Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:45:39 +0000 Error

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