Festival Spotlights

The Restoration Conspiracy!

The Royal Oak has been an integral part of Winchester’s heritage and culture for hundreds of years so it is very possible that in 1660 secret gatherings took place here. We are therefore absolutely delighted that ClueCapers have designed and are running an escape room experience at The Royal Oak for this year’s Heritage Open Days. Escape rooms require keen observation skills, lateral thinking and problem solving, and this one is extra special as it has a historical twist.

The challenge if you accept it is to step back in time to 1660 and gain entry to the Royalists’ secret gathering. Can you find out just what they’re cooking up?

In a team of up to six, you will have just 15 minutes to work together in a secret cellar at the Royal Oak to discover clues and solve puzzles. Craig of ClueCapers or is it?!Whilst you will be challenged to beat the clock, it is not scary and no physical strength or fitness is required. Perfect for families, groups of friends and even work colleagues. Are you up for the challenge? If so book your team in today. The escape room will be available between 10am and 5pm on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September.

The Royal Oak will also be offering specially for Heritage Open Days a Restoration-inspired ‘board game cafe’ at off-peak times, and of course you can also purchase food and drink from their usual selection of ales and other refreshments. The escape room is suitable for children seven years and up as part of a family group. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Teams of less than six may find they are joined by other small teams.

cluecapersClueCapers are an independent company who run three established escape room games in Winchester for friendly fun and team building. This is the first time they have been lured out of their venue on The Broadway to offer a taste of the escape room phenomenon, with a historical bent!

PS The entrance to The Royal Oak secret cellar is to be found just off the High Street in Royal Oak Passage between ASK and Caracoli, but don’t forget to book first here.

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