Monday, May 16, 2016

A most unusual Friday night with #clueQuest (+ a giveaway!)



There are many ways to spend a Friday night in London.

There’s the tried and tested - dinner and a movie, pints in the pub, takeaway and telly – and there’s the new and exciting. One of the delights of our fair city is the endless scope for new, fun, innovative ways to spend your time.

Which for me, a couple of Fridays ago, involved getting trapped in a room with four other lovely bloggers and striving to save humanity as we know it before the evil Professor BlackSheep unleashed his dastardly plans on the human race.

No biggie.

Gulp.

I’d heard about escape rooms before, and had read with glee Katy and Jasiminne’s accounts of their recent visits to clueQuest. So when clueQuest and Nuffnang kindly invited me to take part in the ‘Revenge of The Sheep’ challenge I was delighted.  I love puzzles, problem solving and logic challenges of all kinds (check the ex-teacher) so I was excited to take part in an escape room and to see if those skills worked in a practical situation!


My gorgeous companions for the evening! (L-R Erica, me, Jasmin, Milli and Milly)

My awesome team was made up of Erica, Milly, Jasmin and Milli, all of whom are bloggers I’m fond of, and once it was booked in the diary I found myself looking forward to the experience more and more. I was intrigued to see how we’d work together and if we’d manage to achieve our mission!
There are three live escapes at the clueQuest location, so you can visit three times and have a truly unique experience on each occasion. You can work through all three over separate visits, or just enjoy one – we attempted the third challenge but slipped into the story and proceedings straight away; I think this works equally well as a standalone challenge or as part of a series.


V  V V mysterious

As it’s all a bit secretive and under wraps, I don’t want to give away too much of the detail in the room, but allow me to set the scene. Professor BlackSheep (evil baddie guy par excellence) has a mission to turn all humanity into…..sheep. You might think that’s a baa-rking premise (*pun alarm activated*), but in the excitement of the challenge I found myself utterly swept up in the narrative and determined to save the day.  I loved having to solve the many puzzles and challenges along the way and there were plenty of thrilling moments, as well as points where we were well and truly stumped! Luckily the team at clueQuest are observing via a series of cameras in the room, and they have various methods of communicating with the team – some direct, and some rather more cryptic!

These cameras also meant that the lovely Natasha, our hostess from Nuffnang, could watch everything unfold in the control room, and man, did we give her a show. I can’t tell you much about what happened or how we solved the challenge….but I can tell you we did so with five seconds to spare.

FIVE. SECONDS.

I swear, those last couple of minutes aged me about five years!


We were so relieved to have solved the challenge - not least Natasha who'd been watching from the control room! 

I thoroughly enjoyed the Revenge of The Sheep challenge – it was fun, really made me think, and we had to work as a team to ensure we completed the challenge.  I think this would be fantastic for friends on a night out or colleagues doing some teambuilding, and also think it would be great for families of older primary or secondary school aged children – my former pupils would have LOVED this.




Have I piqued your interest? I certainly hope so, because the generous folks at clueQuest have given us bloggers the chance to give away a visit to their location near Kings Cross for a team of three to five people! If you’re up for the challenge, please enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Please note that this giveaway is open to UK residents only, and will run until Tuesday 31st May.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to clueQuest for having me to play, and to
my awesome team for a fun, and funny, evening!




You can find out more about clueQuest here, and find them on social media at twitter and facebook.




Disclaimer, because I like to be honest: this post has been sponsored by clueQuest. Down with Professor BlackSheep!



10 comments:

  1. Hi there! It sounds like you had lots of fun and that's one of the brilliant things about being a blogger - getting these kinds of opportunities. I'm probably a bit more introvert than you so it doesn't sound like something I'd personally do, but know that lots of people would love it.

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    1. I was really pleasantly surprised by how fun it was :) Lots of different characters in our team but we worked really well together.

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  2. I would be absolutely hopeless at this but it does look and sound as though you had a terrific time and as you say there are many ways to spend a friday evening in London and this is one of the most unique ive heard x

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    1. Really good fun! Ran the total gamut of emotions.

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  3. Congratulations on making it out with 5 seconds to spare! Must have been nerve wracking but fun

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    1. Thank you darling! I was so relieved we made it - you get totally involved.

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  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I would love to try it sometime

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    1. It's really good fun, I enjoyed the whole expereince. Such fun to do with friends.

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  5. Never heard of this but it sounds like a great experience.

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    1. It's really fun! Looking forward to seeing yopu for a different sort of challenge on Thursday!

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