The GR8 Escape!

Group Travel World magazine’s Sarah Ward tests her detective skills at GR8escape in York

“There’s nothing quite like an escape room to make you realise how brainless you are – but oh, what a lot of fun!” says Sarah (pictured far right).

“At GR8escape in York we were greeted by Jay-Jay Luckman, who talked us through the New York room we were about to enter and explained that we had to find a stolen diamond Bugsy Bronxton had taken and hidden.

“As the door shut and locked behind us we had an hour to complete each task (each one reveals a code to open a lock or a sign that symbolises where to head next). Thankfully the rooms are equipped with a TV screen where you’re given hints and tips along the way. If it wasn’t for the TV, I think the hour would have turned into half a day! Saying that, we missed out on completing all the tasks in the room by just five minutes. Annoyed doesn’t even come close to how we felt – but it was great fun, and I’d strongly recommend an escape room to anyone.”

Teams of between two and six can play (teams of six pay from £78), and the minimum age is 10.

Find out more about York’s first live escape room by calling 07897 122834.