An Amazing Time At clueQuest! (by all of us!)


We were lucky enough to spend a fantastic afternoon at clueQuest, near Liverpool Street, in London, where we became secret agents and managed to save the world! Here is what we thought...


Robert: clueQuest was BRILLIANT. You start by getting locked in a room then you have one hour to get out and save the world. You have to use codes, maps, machines, Lego, computers, cards and lots more. Every single object had something to do with the challenge, from if there was a code on a chair or a memory stick in a cupboard. You are allowed to get about codes from mission control to help you escape the series of rooms, (although the average is 20, we used a lot more than that!) The fastest ever anyone ever escaped was in 47 minutes and that group didn't have any clues.
My favourite bits were opening the padlocks, finding new objects that really helped and when everything clicked into place.




Jess: As Rob has already said, clueQuest was awesome, if a bit stressful! We were given a walkie-talkie and no clues when we were locked inside the first room, and had to figure out for ourselves what we had to do. It was incredibly difficult, but it was also like nothing I'd ever done before, and I had a great time. It was funny to think that we were being watched all the time by people who were probably laughing at our stupidity, but everyone was incredibly friendly, and we even received some extra minutes at the end. One of the main reasons that I loved it was that it wasn't scary - there were no loud noises and everything was well lit. It really made you think outside the box and was great for team building - everyone contributed something. My favourite parts were finding the final clues and running around the rooms like a headless chicken. I hated padlocks by the end of it!


Sarah adds: clueQuest is run by four brothers from Hungary who built and designed the game, rooms, props, website and pretty much everything to do with it. We met one of the brothers, the very charming Zoltan, who told us how successful the company has become, with an eclectic group of people coming to try it out. These have included ex Prime Minister Tony Blair (his son celebrated his 30th birthday with clueQuest recently) to tourists or organisations who encourage teambuilding through taking part. It really is great fun, and all you need is to use your brain, common sense and a bit of logic (oh, and have some people on your team who might be able to work things out. I wasn't overly helpful, but I did laugh a lot).



There are now two rooms at the clueQuest HQ, with Plan52 (the one we did) and the new Operation BlackSheep, which only opened at the beginning of March. There are actually two identical Plan52 units, which means teams can race each other. We felt that it was brilliant, perfect for any age, although some of it is baffling!

We would love to go back and try out the second one. Even though I'm not sure we would make it out...Do make sure you book in advance though as it's proving very popular. Also, just a little warning that the building which houses clueQuest does not look like anything special from the outside. But that really doesn't matter once you're in there.

Disclosure: we were offered four tickets to try out clueQuest in order to write about it for our blog. However, our opinions and comments are entirely our own.

UPDATE: On another note entirely, we wanted to thank you very much for your votes for Robert, who's 8 and wants to be an astronaut. He, and the other children shortlisted in a competition to win a trip to Nasa space camp, are all going to Florida (so exciting!). We're so grateful for your support!

Read more great family trips from Family Travel Times:

An educational day out in Winchester

A family holiday to Mull (what's the story in Balamory)


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Family Travel Times: An Amazing Time At clueQuest! (by all of us!)

Friday, 21 March 2014

An Amazing Time At clueQuest! (by all of us!)


We were lucky enough to spend a fantastic afternoon at clueQuest, near Liverpool Street, in London, where we became secret agents and managed to save the world! Here is what we thought...


Robert: clueQuest was BRILLIANT. You start by getting locked in a room then you have one hour to get out and save the world. You have to use codes, maps, machines, Lego, computers, cards and lots more. Every single object had something to do with the challenge, from if there was a code on a chair or a memory stick in a cupboard. You are allowed to get about codes from mission control to help you escape the series of rooms, (although the average is 20, we used a lot more than that!) The fastest ever anyone ever escaped was in 47 minutes and that group didn't have any clues.
My favourite bits were opening the padlocks, finding new objects that really helped and when everything clicked into place.




Jess: As Rob has already said, clueQuest was awesome, if a bit stressful! We were given a walkie-talkie and no clues when we were locked inside the first room, and had to figure out for ourselves what we had to do. It was incredibly difficult, but it was also like nothing I'd ever done before, and I had a great time. It was funny to think that we were being watched all the time by people who were probably laughing at our stupidity, but everyone was incredibly friendly, and we even received some extra minutes at the end. One of the main reasons that I loved it was that it wasn't scary - there were no loud noises and everything was well lit. It really made you think outside the box and was great for team building - everyone contributed something. My favourite parts were finding the final clues and running around the rooms like a headless chicken. I hated padlocks by the end of it!


Sarah adds: clueQuest is run by four brothers from Hungary who built and designed the game, rooms, props, website and pretty much everything to do with it. We met one of the brothers, the very charming Zoltan, who told us how successful the company has become, with an eclectic group of people coming to try it out. These have included ex Prime Minister Tony Blair (his son celebrated his 30th birthday with clueQuest recently) to tourists or organisations who encourage teambuilding through taking part. It really is great fun, and all you need is to use your brain, common sense and a bit of logic (oh, and have some people on your team who might be able to work things out. I wasn't overly helpful, but I did laugh a lot).



There are now two rooms at the clueQuest HQ, with Plan52 (the one we did) and the new Operation BlackSheep, which only opened at the beginning of March. There are actually two identical Plan52 units, which means teams can race each other. We felt that it was brilliant, perfect for any age, although some of it is baffling!

We would love to go back and try out the second one. Even though I'm not sure we would make it out...Do make sure you book in advance though as it's proving very popular. Also, just a little warning that the building which houses clueQuest does not look like anything special from the outside. But that really doesn't matter once you're in there.

Disclosure: we were offered four tickets to try out clueQuest in order to write about it for our blog. However, our opinions and comments are entirely our own.

UPDATE: On another note entirely, we wanted to thank you very much for your votes for Robert, who's 8 and wants to be an astronaut. He, and the other children shortlisted in a competition to win a trip to Nasa space camp, are all going to Florida (so exciting!). We're so grateful for your support!

Read more great family trips from Family Travel Times:

An educational day out in Winchester

A family holiday to Mull (what's the story in Balamory)


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51 Comments:

At 21 March 2014 at 08:19 , Blogger Louise Smith said...

Firstly (before I forget) I just voted for Robert.

And secondly, what a fab blog post. I had never heard of this before but it sounds absolutely fantastic. Hopefully I can visit with my family one day :)

Lovely blog. Going to hit the Bloglovin' button now.

Louise x

Confessions of a Secret Shopper | An Undomestic Goddess

 
At 21 March 2014 at 08:30 , Blogger Agata Pokutycka said...

What a great adventure.
I would love to be enrolled as a "secret agent" :-)

 
At 21 March 2014 at 08:32 , Anonymous Gude @HodgePodgeCraft said...

I SO want to try this! Not sure the toddlers would be happy about being locked up though... Have to get a team of friends together instead :)

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:03 , Anonymous Mums do travel said...

How exciting! I haven't heard of this at all. Is it in London?

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:23 , Blogger Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

Wow this looks fab! Like Mums Do Travel, I've never heard of it but my 9yo would love it!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:31 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, not for toddlers! I think probably about 8/9 upwards, but it was such good fun. Be great with a group of friends. Thanks for coming by!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:33 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Thank you so much for voting! It's much appreciated. And thank you for your comments on the blog too. So nice of you. clueQuest was fantastic. We're sure you'd like it.

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:37 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It was really such great fun to try out

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:38 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, it's inbetween Old Street and Liverpool Street stations, near Shoreditch and it's open every day!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 09:38 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

I think the whole family would :)

 
At 21 March 2014 at 10:07 , Blogger Michelle Ordever said...

Wow - this looks like so much fun! My teen stopped behind me to watch the video. It's like real life Crystal Maze lol! Going to find out about it now x

 
At 21 March 2014 at 10:23 , Anonymous You Baby Me Mummy said...

Sounds like a really unusual but fun day out! x

 
At 21 March 2014 at 10:34 , Blogger Jen Walshaw said...

This sounds amazing. My boys would adore this. Yet another reason I wished we lived closer to London

 
At 21 March 2014 at 11:06 , Blogger Clare Mansell said...

That sounds bonkers but really good fun too. What a great thing to do as a family.

 
At 21 March 2014 at 11:48 , Blogger JO BRYAN said...

I love the sound of this, I like puzzles and challenges. I have voted for Robert as well.

 
At 21 March 2014 at 13:06 , Anonymous Mummy of Two said...

That sounds brilliant and like a very different day out. I would love to do something like this with my son.

 
At 21 March 2014 at 13:25 , Anonymous Louisa said...

It looks like an amazing challenge, I know my kids would love this. I wish I lived closer!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 13:31 , OpenID bloggingastrid.com said...

This sure sounds like a great adventure and a learning experience at once.

 
At 21 March 2014 at 14:34 , Anonymous Aisha from expatlog said...

It reminds me of the Crystal Maze - anyone remember that? You're very brave for trying it out!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 15:27 , Anonymous rachel @ activities4kidz said...

Looks Fab! My two boys are too young for anything like that yet, but in a few years I think they would love something like that - I would anyway!

 
At 21 March 2014 at 17:15 , Blogger Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Now that sounds like fun! I could imagine I would panic with the not knowing what to do :) X

 
At 22 March 2014 at 00:14 , Blogger Kizzy said...

My eldest was invited to a party that sounds very similar a few years ago, he loved it!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 01:28 , Blogger Mellissa Williams said...

This looks so much fun! There is something similar for adults in London, I saw it on Tripadvisor a while ago. I bet your kids had a great time.

 
At 22 March 2014 at 06:40 , Anonymous Orli D said...

What a great adventure :) I can't believe we live so close to Liverpool St. in London and never knew about it! We should really try it for ourselves...
And good luck in the contest!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:42 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Thank you very much regarding Robert - it's all very stressful and we need votes!! But yes, you should definitely try this out. It's such fun.

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:42 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

This is for all ages, probably 8+. It's fantastic! We all had a great time.

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:42 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Glad to hear it. It would be great for a party!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:43 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

I was trying not to panic, but I think I did go a bit hysterical at some points!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:43 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, it really was, and I think teenagers would love it!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:44 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

You should come - so much to do...And then write about it!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:44 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Thank you SO much! And I'm sure you would like it if you like puzzles and challenges...you'd be much better at it than me!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:44 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It really was a great thing to do as a family!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:45 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It might be even better then - just hang on and bring them in a while!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:45 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Not quite as scary as the crystal maze, luckily!!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 11:46 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, really loved doing it as the whole family. Thank you for stopping by!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 13:55 , Blogger Sylvia F. said...

I have never heard of this place before but it looks like a great fun! I always wanted to do something similar, must be so exciting to be an agent for a day!

 
At 22 March 2014 at 15:02 , Anonymous anna said...

I never heard of this place but it sounds like something really fun and different! I think my kids would be too young currently, but in a couple of years will definitely give this a go - I'm always looking for somewhere new to go

 
At 23 March 2014 at 12:13 , Blogger Charlotte said...

Wow that's awesome. Something I'd really love to try one day x

 
At 24 March 2014 at 02:14 , Blogger Kara Guppy said...

I would love to do this with my teens - great for helping them develop their problem solvings skills

 
At 24 March 2014 at 02:17 , Blogger Lori Taylor Arnold said...

I've never heard of this before, my boy is a bit young for this, but I would love to try something it! x

 
At 28 March 2014 at 06:14 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It really is terrific and we would definitely recommend it

 
At 28 March 2014 at 06:14 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Yes, we would highly recommend it! My kids described it as awesome too!

 
At 28 March 2014 at 06:14 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

I think they would absolutely love it - it would be brilliant for them (and you would enjoy it too!)

 
At 28 March 2014 at 06:15 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

It was exciting and funny and at the end, stressful! But an excellent day!

 
At 28 March 2014 at 06:15 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

Me too! I love recommendations from other people. Thanks for stopping by!

 
At 31 March 2014 at 04:44 , Anonymous Juliette Kelvin said...

I looked into this last school holidays - so its lovely to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Sounds like a really fun outing. Definitely a trip for the Kelvin family.. although remember thinking it was quite an expensive outing.

 
At 31 March 2014 at 05:54 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

You are right that it isn't cheap. I guess it's something for a birthday or special outing perhaps. But it is brilliant!

 
At 1 April 2014 at 01:45 , Blogger MummyTravels said...

I'd heard of this for adults but never thought of it as something for kids - but having read the post, of course it sounds a lot of fun for them as well.

 
At 3 April 2014 at 03:18 , Blogger Jenography.net said...

This sounds like so much fun. We are very much a game-loving family and I hadn't heard of this.

 
At 9 April 2014 at 10:50 , Anonymous Kirstie said...

What a brilliant idea for an attraction. I always fancied being in the Crystal Maze but my Mum said no!

 
At 9 July 2014 at 12:06 , Blogger Sarah Ebner said...

I reckon this is pretty much as good (without the TV cameras, luckily!)

 

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