Escape room fun – Hatton have it cracked!

Escape room fun – Hatton have it cracked!

WE all feel like escaping reality sometimes (particularly in the current climate!)

Even for those who have thus far evaded the escape rooms phenomenon, there’s no denying they have grown massively in popularity over recent years and it’s a concept we’re now all familiar with.

For my family, it is not so new however. We’re seasoned ‘escapees’ now having succeeded – and failed – in a wide variety of themed rooms over recent years.

So it was with a sense of cautious optimism that we signed up for Mutiny, one of the new Tulleys escape rooms which recently opened around the corner from us at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick.

Hatton Escape Rooms, Mutiny, Tulleys
We made it out – just – in time!

As the name would suggest, the game adopts a pirate theme and after a short introduction and scene setter, we were ‘locked’ in and left to our own devices – and wits – to make it out again in under an hour.

It’s daunting how quickly those seconds tick down and you realise there’s no time for a casual approach to the game. We are straight in identifying the clues and cracking those all-important codes, leaving no stone unturned. Or so we thought. . .

It was slow progress at first as we tried to make sense of the maps on the wall, a jigsaw of symbols and various other puzzles and codes. And it’s difficult to measure success because you don’t know how many rooms await, each with its own new set of challenges and puzzles.

Avoiding spoilers, I’ll leave it at that – but let’s just say – Mutiny throws plenty at you!

The theming is among one of the better escape rooms I’ve encountered and difficulty level was about right for our family of four (youngest 14) – although having been informed it is the easier of Hatton’s two rooms, I do worry for our next visit as we only made it out with literally seconds to spare! And you really do feel the pressure.

Clues are available on request (parrot fashion!) and don’t be too proud to use them sometimes when, as we did, you hit a mental block on certain puzzles. But you’re in control of the game so can ask for as much or as little help as you need.

Exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure, successfully completing this quest requires top teamworking and communication skills as well as lateral thinking in abundance.

And it’s teamwork that really is at the heart of a successful escape. As those minutes disappear and the pressure mounts, it’s important to play to each other’s strengths. Divide and conquer but also work together when required for the best chance of results – or you’ll definitely have mutiny on your hands.

Mutiny is one of the best fun escape room experiences we’ve enjoyed as a family – (there’s even hidden bones and a firing cannon and physical challenges!) and, in what is fast becoming a crowded market, would highly recommend it.

They offer vouchers too so a nice idea for a Christmas present for that impossible to buy for person. Details here.

Not-so-fast food for special delivery

Not-so-fast food for special delivery

SCHOOLCHILDREN tucked into a hearty full English breakfast at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick alongside a special guest.

Hatton Adventure World
Pupils tuck into breakfast at Hatton Adventure World

Some 27 six- and seven-year-old pupils were collected from Ferncumbe Church of England School in Hatton on Monday and transported by tractor and open-top trailer to the farm park attraction, where they learnt about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, while enjoying locally sourced bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, baked beans and wholemeal toast. 

Breakfast was served by local farmers and members of the Warwickshire branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).  And the children were joined by Matt Western, MP for Leamington and Warwick, who also met with local farmers.

Matt Western, MP for Leamington & Warwick said, “I enjoyed meeting the children and eating breakfast with them after a very productive meeting with local farmers to discuss the big issues in our community”.

Chris Mann, NFU Branch Chairman, Central Warwickshire said “The NFU are pleased to encourage children to eat a good hearty breakfast. Going to school having eaten a nutritious breakfast gives children many health benefits and helps them perform well in the classroom”.

Kerri Grubb, a teacher from Ferncumbe School, said: “It’s great to have Hatton Adventure World on our doorstep and for children to visit the Farmyard so they can appreciate the link between the animals they feed and the healthy food they eat”.

After breakfast the children were accompanied around the Farmyard to feed and pet the animals.

Hatton Adventure World is open every day throughout the year (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am to 5.30pm. For more information please visit the website at www.hattonworld.com/adventure-world