How to be successful in an Escape Room

Today we’re talking about some of the skills you made need if you’re to successfully escape in time. Hopefully by the time you’ve read it you’ll be ready to take on the escape rooms. 

Strong team with a lot of different key skills are required.

Because you’ve only got an hour to do it in you need to get a strong team together to tackle it and they need the right kind of skills to win. Once you’ve gone into the room and the key has locked behind you, the clock starts ticking. You must find the clues in order to get out. They’re well-hidden and you’ll need to collect all of them before you can unlock the door. Work them all out together using razor-sharp problem-solving skills, excellent communication skills and good analytical prowess.

Search everywhere and don’t leave any stone unturned.

You’ll have to search everywhere, so if you’re not thorough enough you could possibly fail. You’ll need to put all your clues in one central place to go back to once you do find them. If you lose one it could mean the difference between winning and losing. 

Getting stuck on one stubborn clue doesn’t mean you have to abandon the rest of the game.

If you get stuck on one clue, leave it and move on, don’t dwell on it. Too much time spent on one clue could be precious time lost. Come back to it towards the end when you may find that after walking away you’ve now been able to see it with fresh eyes. 

Don’t let domination ruin the game.

Don’t let one person dominate the entire game, it’s a game where all team members are able to make a valid contribution so don’t let anyone take over. Everyone should have their say, and they should all be able to contribute with their thoughts and ideas on where to start and where to look. 

Escape Stoke – where the fun starts.

So here you’ll have the best fun of your life with friends, colleagues or family. Remember to look out for each other, let everyone make a contribution and look everywhere for those all-important clues, and you should give yourself a fighting chance of escaping. Remember that having fun and enjoying the game is also another great way to be successful. 

What are Escape Rooms?

We’re talking about what exactly escape rooms are, and how you can enjoy them as much as everyone else. Why is that? Well, escape rooms are becoming extremely popular and all kinds of people are enjoying them. And we attract all kinds of different groups here, anything from gamers to families here to celebrate birthdays, or wedding groups on a hen or stag do. 

Different rooms, different themes

An escape room is one room with only one door to get out. When you come, you’ll all be in groups and you can have more than one and use more than one room, or you can just come in one group and occupy one single room. You’ll be locked in the themed room of your choice. Here at Escape Stoke we have Sherlock Holmes, Prison Break, Crime Scene, Homicide Unit, Spy Mission and Safari Jungle, and anyone of those rooms will offer the same set of clues and puzzles in relation to their theme, and you will have to find them first, and then work them out in order to find the key to escape. 

Sixty minutes is all you have

You’ll have just an hour to find and then solve all the clues and puzzles. Yes, 60 minutes isn’t long, so there’s an emphasis on team working and cohesion so if you all work together you have a far better chance of escaping than just working as an individual. Don’t worry, if you need to get out of the room anytime, then we can let you out, we pay attention to what you’re doing the whole time and if at any point you find it uncomfortable, we can let you out before the hour is up. Therefore, you’re not really locked up without being able to escape permanently, there’s always a way out.

Can you beat the clock?

For the purpose of the game however, you have exactly an hour to find and work out the puzzles – question is can you work against the clock and win? Do you have what it takes, and does your team? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by taking part. 

Escape Games Stoke – for the best in escape games

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not book an escape room with us here at Escape Stoke? We’ve got all the rooms ready, we’re just waiting for you to join us. It’s easy to book online or by giving us a call, and you’ll be all set, the more of you there are, the cheaper it is to book, so what’s stopping you?

5 Fantastic Team Building Activities

We’ve been working on escape games now for some time, and we know better than anyone how popular they are with corporate teams. However, what other games are there that you and your team can benefit from? We’re going to be going over 5 of the best and then you can decide which one best suits your team. 

1 Zombie Escape

This doesn’t have to mean even leaving the building. You can do it from your corporate HQ. Just book a conference room for the afternoon and then lock yourselves in. Select someone out of your team to be the zombie. They’ll be tied to a rope in the corner and gradually you can allow the ‘zombie’ closer to the rest of the team as you try to work out some clues and puzzles. The longer it takes, the closer the zombie gets, and eventually you’ll need to find a hidden key, before the zombie reaches you!

2 It’s a Knockout

A tried and tested game based on an old theme. There are a number of obstacles, most including water and soap, and your team must work their way through them all to get to the finish line, whoever gets there first is the winner. It’ll involve getting your team out of the office to an outdoor facility that does this type of thing, and there are a few venues that do. However, no doubt your team will be grateful for the opportunity to get out of the office for the day. 

3 Military Team Building Exercises

These are proving popular. They involve going through a series of obstacles (again!), most having been designed by ex-military and are meant to truly test your physical agility and mental prowess. Those with physical impairments may not enjoy this type of activity, especially for those who aren’t particularly fit either, but it’s up to you to decide whether your team is up to it. It can be tremendous fun and an exhilarating experience. 

4 Scavenger Hunt

You’ll organise your team into separate groups and then draw up a list of fun things for them to do with one mission in mind, and that is to find something at the end, like a prize. Each item that is completed on their list is ticked off and the first group to finish is the winner. It could be spotting landmarks or certain items within a landscape which they must photograph, and then eventually they get to the final one. It’ll be a route that everyone will follow. 

5 Escape Games

Here at Escape Stoke, you know the drill, we lock you in a room and you have 60 minutes to escape. You do this by solving a series of clues and puzzles which you work together on as a team. Working quickly, communicating well and bonding and icebreaking are things you can utilise, and you’ll be able to spot which skills your team are good at and which are not. We’re bound to think our team building activities are the best, and we’re bias we know. But you really will have a great time! Book your room today!

Who Visits Escape Stoke?

There’s a fairly broad range of people who visit Escape Stoke and they can range from corporate teams who are looking to improve their communication skills amongst other things, through to friends who are out to celebrate a birthday, the end of exams, as part of a stag do, or any other important milestone worthy of celebration. And here at Escape Stoke, we see all kinds of people coming to our rooms and having the times of their lives, so we know what we’re talking about.

Corporate Team Building Activities

Corporate teams like it because it helps new teams to break the ice and bond, and it helps leaders to recognise skills that might otherwise go unnoticed. It’s becoming quite popular and it’s also a perfect opportunity for the team to relax and unwind with a day away from work too.

Escape rooms are themed rooms where you and a team of friends or colleagues are locked in a room for 60 minutes, and in that time, they must first find, and then solve a series of puzzles and clues, only once they have collected all the clues and solved the puzzles do they escape the locked room. Question is will they get out within the 60 minutes?

Student's Test Themselves

Students love the escape rooms because they can play it for fun or really test themselves against the clock and it’s a great way to unwind when you’ve been working hard and meeting deadlines. It can also help students break the ice if they’re new to university and help them to bond with new friends.

Gamers Play

Gamers love escape games too as a fun alternative to online games. Here, they too can enjoy the opportunity to be around friends and have some downtime. Escape games are great fun and every bit as interactive as an online game, but just with a bit of realism and some fresh air thrown in!

Escape Rooms For Special Occasions

Escape games are also popular for birthdays, hen and stag dos. They’re one of the freshest and most unique ways for people to celebrate their special day in style. It gives sample opportunities for new people to get to know each other, and for members of the wedding party to become better acquainted with each other.

Families Escaping Together

A family all together in the same room may have taken days, weeks or months to arrange, but once everyone’s there, it’s time to remind yourselves of why you’re all such a great family team. Children can play too, they must come accompanied with parents naturally, but they can come and enjoy the escape room experience alongside their family and they’re bound to enjoy the whole thing.

Escape Stoke - Exciting Escape Rooms For Everyone

If you fancy trying your luck, whether you’re a student, head of a corporate team, or simply a family looking for a unique way to spend quality time together, book with Escape Stoke and you’ll definitely have some fun! 

How do Escape Games Improve Team Work?

If you’ve heard of escape games mentioned in the same breath as team work, you may be wondering what’s the connection and why should you care? However, if you run a company and hire a lot of staff, then you’ll be interested in a harmonious and productive work environment and escape games can help with that, but how?

Escape games are great team building exercises, and this is the main reason why companies such as yourself use them to help build a strong team. So how do escape games work?

Solve the puzzles escape, within the hour

Escape games consist of a team of people being locked in a room for 60 minutes where they must find some cryptic clues and puzzles, then work them out and use them to find a way out of the room. The rooms are all themed differently, and you choose which one you most want to use.

Communication skills

What’s great about the escape game is that while your team are locked in there they must communicate with each other in order to get out, thus encouraging communication skills. This will also help to break the ice and help new members of the team to bond with their fellow team mates.

Who works best as part of a team?

There may be some of them that believe themselves to be one-man bands, individuals rather than team players. This may not be what you’re looking for, although using your initiative is always welcome, you want people who can work together to get the same results. So, this is an ideal opportunity to see which of your team are able to work together well as a team.

Fancy Taking on the Escape Game Challenge?

Book your team in to take on one of our many games to improve your team work and have a bit of fun when you're at it.

Things to Do in Stoke: Christmas

If you’re in or around the Stoke area this Christmas, then you’ll be looking for things to do in Stoke that are a little on the festive side. We’ve done all the hard work for you and come up with some great Christmas events coming up in Stoke, so all you’ve have to do is get out there and enjoy the experience.

Winter Wonderland

This is one way to get yourself some Christmas spirit by going along to the Winter Wonderland in the heart of the city centre. There’ll be the obligatory lights, and some beautifully crafted wooden walkways including some great characters and an impressive Christmas tree. There’ll also be a bar in the Bavarian style, a grill, festive food and drink and all served in a festively inspired wooden chalet.

Ice Rink

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an ice rink, and this year Stoke have gone all out to make it as impressive as possible. There’ll be plenty of room for everyone to have a bash and don’t worry if you’re not an Olympic ice skater, the whole idea is to have fun, so have a go.


As usual there’ll be a pantomime for the kids and Stoke is no different, it’ll have its own pantomime for everyone to enjoy. This year is no exception, it’s Aladdin and stars Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson. There’s romance, a flying carpet, a genie and no panto would be complete without an evil sorcerer.


There’ll be over 100 stalls this year at Stoke’s Christmas market. It’ll stretch from the King’s Hall to the Town Hall. There’ll be everything from unique handmade crafts and clothes for adults and children. There’ll be the usual specialist foods with beautifully made products from locally sourced materials, such as glass, ceramics, textiles and leather, so there’s something for everyone.

Escape games Stoke

After you’ve had a whizz round the ice rink, you’ve eaten your way through the Christmas Markets and you’ve drained your glass of mulled wine, why not make your way down to our Escape Rooms in Stoke? You’ll have a great time and with 1 hour to escape a themed room of your choice with friends, you’ll be focused on getting out in time and winning. You have puzzles and clues to find and then once you’ve found them, you’ll have to solve them to find your way out of the locked room. Do you have what it takes? If so, why not book now. we’ll be waiting.

Top Tips for Escape Rooms

If you’re about to, or have just booked an escape room event, you may be wondering about the right way of getting out and winning the game, well look no further because today, we’re going to be passing on some hints and tips which should help you once you’re locked in.

Choose your Team Carefully

Make sure you pick people who are good at maths, problem-solving, know how to stay cool in a crisis and are good at solving puzzles. Whoever you decide on make sure they’re people you like and you know you’re going to get on with. There’s nothing worse than being locked in a room with people who don’t get on with each other, it could be the longest hour of your life.

Team Building Activities

On the other hand, if this is part of a corporate venture where your boss is hoping to improve your performance with some team building activities, then you may not have a choice in who you’re locked in a room with. In which case, work together as best you can, the goal is to get out by solving the clues and puzzles, it’s 60 minutes out of your life and you never know, somewhere down the line it could result in a pay rise or a job promotion, just show your best side.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

The rooms are themed and whichever room you choose the clues will be cleverly hidden where they won’t obviously be seen. You need to find them and then when you do, don’t lose them, because that’s the only way you’re going to get out. So, all clues and puzzles solved - keep them close to you.

Communication is Key

Communicate with your fellow prisoners while you’re in the locked room, because only by communicating and discussing what you think the clues mean will you get out. Your efforts to escape really will go to waste if you don’t talk to each other, show what you’ve found, discuss the clues, and also make sure you listen to what everyone else has to say, don’t dominate conversations, there’s more than one voice to be heard.

Use Your Time Wisely

There’ll be a clock and you’ll be counted down, but don’t become obsessed with the time as it goes by, just try and spend an equal amount of time on each clue and if you get stuck, move on.

Enjoy Yourself!

Perhaps you won't get out in time, but don’t be too hard on yourself, at the end of the day you did your best. There’s nothing worse than someone coming to you at the end and saying that you were so close and you only had a few more minutes, and you would have cracked it. Doesn’t make you feel better does it? But no sweat, because at the end of the day it’s not the end of the world. You’ve had a good time and that’s all that matters, so don’t take it too seriously.

Escape Stoke – Exciting & Challenging Escape Rooms

If you’ve decide you’ve got a pretty good idea now of how to crack it and beat the escape rooms in under 60 minutes, then why not book your room and come over? You may beat us, you may not, but what is certain is that you’ll have a great time. We look forward to seeing you.

Things to Do in Stoke: Family Fun

There are wonderful things to do when you’re in Stoke if you know where to go, and if you’re on a trip here we’re going to point you in the right direction of some of Stoke’s most loved attractions. We’re going to specifically find family friendly ones just in case you bring the whole family here.

We’ve picked five of the best, so enjoy:

Kilnworx Climbing Centre

Our first choice is Kilnworx Climbing Centre, this is great fun for all the family with over 1200 acres of open space with a rope adventure experience. There’s also a Barefoot Walk where you can walk with the whole family, trying out the sensations of mud, leaves and water from a stream.

Trentham Monkey Forest

Again, some much welcome open space with the Trentham Monkey Forest. There’s lots of macaques around so look out for them, and if you’re lucky you’ll get into close contact with the monkeys. There are guides around so you’ll be perfectly safe, and if you have any questions they’re on hand to answer them. There’s also hourly feeding where the guide will talk to you about the macaques.

The Potteries

The Potteries in Stoke on Trent have a great past and an even more exciting future, and if you’re interested in finding out more about the rich heritage of the potteries you can pay them a visit. Stoke is the world heritage of ceramics so they know what they’re doing. There are visitor centres and museums where you can find out about the history and meet the workers for a guide on how they’re made. There’s the Middleport Pottery, Denise O’ Sullivan Ceramics and the World of Wedgewood to name but a few.

Alton Towers Theme Park

Alton Towers is perhaps one of Stoke’s most famous venues. It boasts well over 50 rides and attractions, with live entertainment as well as themed rides and lots of children’s characters around. There’s always something new at Alton Towers and this year is no exception. With the rather excitingly titled Furchester Hotel Live Show you’ll get to spend time with Funella, Elmo and the Cookie Monster and Phoebe and Furgus. All great fun. There’s also the Galactica ride with a virtual reality element that really does add a frisson to the experience.

Escape Rooms Stoke

For excitement that tests your stamina and nerve. If you’re looking for excitement with a bit of thought and planning behind it, then visit us for some escape games in Stoke. An escape room with 60 minutes to escape, solving problems and cryptic clues and carefully placed maps. Each room is themed, and there’s always more than one room available so you can pitch yourself against another team. Who will get out first? If you fancy an escape room adventure get in touch with us here at Escape Rooms Stoke, it’s for the whole family so you can bring everyone!