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Bookings for Ipswich Escape Rooms soar as challenge opens to public this week

PUBLISHED: 14:37 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 03 August 2017

The Ipswich Escape Rooms opened on Thursday. Picture: IPSWICH ESCAPE ROOMS

The Ipswich Escape Rooms opened on Thursday. Picture: IPSWICH ESCAPE ROOMS

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Ipswich's first dedicated live escape room has opened - with the first week of sessions nearly fully booked.

The Ipswich Escape Rooms opened in White House Road on Thursday, with teams of between two and five people putting their problem-solving, logic and team-work skills to the test in a bid to complete the challenge and escape within 60 minutes.

The first four teams through the door on Thursday featured two ‘lock-ins’ and two escapes, although all four needed the optional clues.

Owners Isaac and Stefanie Reed, who also run the Cambridge Escape Rooms, said the first week of sessions had almost sold out.

Players get involved in the story of young apprentice locksmith Jan Tleskac who mysteriously died after falling from the tower of St Jacob’s church, but left behind a diary and puzzle players have to solve the clues for.

The  Ipswich Escape Rooms opened on August 2. Picture: LEE MADGWICKThe Ipswich Escape Rooms opened on August 2. Picture: LEE MADGWICK

A Facebook post detailing the story said: “Years (after Tleskac’s death) a group of boys knows as the Fast Arrows appeared on the scene, carrying out daring escapades across the city.

“On one such escapade they stumbled across an old suitcase containing Tleskac’s diary and a mysterious puzzle which Tleskac called The Hedgehog in the Cage.

“The boys hid the puzzle in their secret clubhouse where they received a mysterious visit from a masked man claiming to be to be the rightful owner of the puzzle.

“The boys ran home and reported the masked man to the police.

“Failing to believe such a story, the boys were banished to the cells.

“During the night, the police officers became curious and decided to visit the clubhouse.”

Participants and their teams have one hour to find the puzzle – and the secret it hides – before the elusive masked man returns.

To find out more and to book a place visit the website here.

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