Arrrrrghhh shiver me timbers, Ye ol’ Opportunity Plus crew ‘ave embarked on a treasure hunt with the land lubbers of Taunton Job Centre.
We didn’t know the vast land O’Taunton well and a game plan was a must. We placed our captain at the head of t’ ship to steer us to the finish line. We were presented with a scroll containin’ many many clues to be solved and we had to work together with no fighting and mutinies to find the treasure.
As a team we battled the challenges, solved anagrams and historical questions t’ find t’ locations we needed t’ photograph. Ye pictures were not enough and had t’ contain a member o’ t’ crew for proof.
At half time we were given another great mystery set of cryptic clues such as *Lord Lambourne’s Norwegian Blue* which lead us to Apple and Parrot. We did not sup any ale on this day, as we had to be in full form and we were racing against t’ time. We collected as many nuggets of treasure we could before sailing home and presenting our efforts t’ ye quiz master.
Arggghlas we did not prosper as lead hunters but we were proud of our efforts. The day has us communicating, prioritising clues, organising, squash buckling and most importantly laughing. A fantastic was to bring an office together as a strong team. And we did not come last aha.
The Opportunity Plus team have been on our Christmas celebration. Although we stuck with a more traditional festive meal in the evening we kicked it off in Opportunity Plus style with a visit to Red House Mysteries to ‘Escape the Room’.
Red House Mysteries is based in Exeter and their new mystery room had only been open for a month, with several teams attempting to escape. The project itself was successfully funded by crowdfunding, with the campaign exceeding its target. Without a clue of what to expect we walked down to a secluded door on King Street Exeter to begin our journey. After going through the usual health and safety protocols (including removing our shoes) we were plunged into darkness, locked in and ready to commence the fun.
The aim of the game was simple, we had to solve the mystery of a detective who had been falsely framed for a murder and we needed to prove his innocence. I will not indulge too much in the story as not to ruin the plot for future investigators but it was extremely well thought out. The room contained several clues, puzzles and keys which seemed to be of no use until you least expect it. We were forced to work as a team to beat the hour clock ticking away – using our individual skills and organisation to crack the evidence, all whilst being watched on CCTV by our host.
Susan, Michelle, Ritchie, Jenny, Jude, Catt and Ann – a success!
Despite moments of panic and incorrect ideas we succeeded and managed to escape the room in 49 minutes! The experience was fantastic and all involved thoroughly enjoyed it. A massive thank you to everyone at Red House Mysteries, Ben was a great host. We spent the rest of the evening pretending we were detectives and looking at everything twice incase it was a clue. I think it’s safe to say we will be visiting your new room as soon as it opens!