2607, 2021

7 Reasons to Road Quest: Nuclear Countdown

Calling all questers, thrillseekers & road junkies! VIRE Road Quest: Nuclear Countdown has finally landed across the South East!

That’s right! Our ACTION-PACKED car-based challenge games are now in full swing across Herts, Bucks, Wilts, Essex, Kent, Hants, East Anglia & Cambridgeshire – and you’re all invited!

From The Escape Games Company comes VIRE Road Quest, a UK first, COVID-safe twist on the escape game experience, offering a SUPERCHARGED day-out for questers across the South of England.

Based in & around UK towns, Road Quest places players at the heart of a storyline unlike any other! Britain’s nuclear defence system has been hijacked; the launch codes stolen by a network of cryptic international mercenaries, intent on selling them on to a rogue national government…. 

From a working mobile device, players will receive audiovisual clues & instructions from the mastermind behind the hijacking, who demands a sizable ransom in exchange for the return of the launch codes. 

Using your GREATEST judgement & problem-solving skills, you’ll be tasked with traversing his mind-games, puzzles & challenges. Drive to the locations, beat the trials & secure the codes, the fate of the world is in your hands!

From fun-filled family afternoons to exhilarating away days, Road Quest is designed to boost creative-thinking, collaboration & challenge your inner codebreaker, as you battle for victory in a totally fresh & memorable way to explore the local area – what’s not to love?

Tempted? We believe there are a TONNE of reasons to Road Quest right now, but to make things easier, we’ve condensed them down to SEVEN main points to inspire your next epic mission.

So rally your comrades, buckle your seatbelts and let our 7 Reasons to Road Quest give you that little extra nudge out of your front door – IT’S QUESTING TIME!

Test your mettle:

Road Quest is designed above all to offer a fun & enlightening experience, but don’t expect a walk in the park! After all, it is an escape game!

Our clues, puzzles & trials are accessible for people of all ages and offer a superb way to put your team’s problem-solving wits to the test, resulting in an exciting & lively challenge for all involved.

REMEMBER: The criminals are cunning; they want you to fail in your quest and will stop at nothing to ensure you do so. You’ll absolutely need to bring your thinking caps!

Get Out & About in the Outdoors:

To put it lightly, we’ve spent far too much time indoors over the last year. It’s time to break free from those sofa shackles and adventure into the outdoor world! 

Road Quest is designed with outside-thinkers in mind. We’ve built the game around a 50/50 time-split, meaning that half of your 90 minute quest will be spent outside of the car in the fresh air, exploring outdoor sites on-foot & solving cryptic challenges. It’s time to think outside, no box required!

Explore your Local Area in a New Light:

With clues, puzzles & launch codes scattered around the area, there’s no telling where you might end up! Not to mention, your mission is entirely at the whim of a crooked criminal mastermind, battling to throw you off the scent!

Whether you’re a long-term local native or a first-time visitor to the area, Road Quest gives you a great opportunity to explore in a totally fresh & unique light – who knows what you might discover?

Great Fun for Kids 🤝 Great Fun for Parents

From corporate to kids to grandparents – our car-based challenge games make an epic day out for just about anyone!  All you need is a designated driver with a car & full UK driving licence to kickstart your mission!

We pride our games on being fun and engaging for EVERYONE. In fact, being inclusive is one of our STRONGEST values at VIRE and we try where possible to make our experiences as accessible & tailorable as they can be. Young children are welcome to join in their family’s quest, though we recommend a minimum age of 7 years to participate fully. 


Exciting, realistic & tension-fuelled fun for just £19.99 per car – What an absolute bargain!


It’s been a strange old year, and we understand that for many, concerns & worries around the pandemic are ever-present. 

Road Quest is designed to give players an EPIC experience within the comfort of full social distancing & COVID-safety measures. From sanitising our props after each game to offering protective masks, you can rest assured that your quest is in safe hands.

All-Weather Action:

Don’t let the weather put a dampener on your mission! Road Quest makes for a brilliant day out no matter the weather – come rain or shine!

A large portion of the quest is based outside, so weather gear & walking shoes are advised for adverse conditions. 


Road Quest adventure games are 90 minutes in duration and can be booked in advance at, with slots available across the weekend.

Convinced? We thought so! And here’s an extra little reason to Road Quest on us: right now you can save 33% on all experiences across 15 locations until the end of the year!

Bookings available in: Andover, Aylesbury, Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Southend, Tunbridge Wells & Winchester.

303, 2020

Family Escape Rooms: a good idea?

Family Escape Rooms: a good idea?

Escape rooms can be challenging right?  If you’re having issues with family dynamics, why would doing an escape room be in any way a good idea? Well let us stop you right there… because in actual fact, doing an escape room could be just the tonic you need.  Honestly.

No matter how young or old, no matter how many family members, tackling an escape room en famille can be an incredibly fulfilling experience.  Here are the reasons, and our top tips for family escape room success:

Why is doing an escape room as a family such a rewarding experience?

Reason 1: Quality family time

Yes it’s time to come together, and remember that actually you can be quite effective when you work as a team! If you manage to beat the room, you will leave on a high, naturally – however even if you don’t, you will have a great time trying to solve the clues.

Reason 2: You recognize each other’s strengths

It’s unlikely everyone in your family is good at exactly the same thing. So celebrate your differences!

Divide up the tasks and you’ll find one person is better at maths, another at word clues, another at thinking outside the box, another at practical clues.  Whatever puzzles you find in your escape room, you’ll also gain  some interesting insights into the family skillset.

Reason 3: Improved communication skills

You’ll never beat an escape room without good communication skills.  You need to COMMUNICATE with each other clearly throughout the challenge, so that every member of the family knows what’s going on and can chip in their thoughts to solve the clues. Good communication skills are skills well worth having and honing, whatever you’re doing in life.

Reason 4: Fully immersive – no distractions, no phones! 

At last, an activity you can do as a family where phones and gadgets don’t get in the way.

Reason 5: Satisfying

If you manage to escape, congratulations, and very well done 🙂  You can go home and know your family rocked it! If you didn’t escape, you’ll still feel an uplifting sense of satisfaction: you tried your best, you all contributed, and you probably succeeded in solving many of the puzzles and had great fun along the way.  Escape rooms are known to be great for your brain, eliciting positivity and improved concentration and communication skills.  Win win.

Top Tips for Family Escape Room Success

1). We’ve said it before, communicate!

2). Recognise each other’s strengths.

3). Be patient: take the time to explain clues to any younger members of the family – you might just find they come up with the answers before you do.

4). Distribute tasks – for example younger children love looking for clues, the ultimate treasure hunt.

5). Give one family member the role of time-keeper so you can keep your eye on the time.

6). Don’t take over, you are most likely to succeed if everyone is involved!


For more information about any of our escape rooms, click here

Most of our escape rooms in Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford are suitable for children aged 10+. Should you be doing an escape room as a family and have younger members aged 10-13 joining you, our team can provide additional clues and help along the way so that you have the best possible experience.  We also have junior escape room at all our venues for children aged 6-9 years old – perfect for kids seeking a challenge they can do with their friends as opposed to their parents.  Contact us for more information on 0330 303 0888 or email


2201, 2020

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES: We care about parents too!

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES: We care about parents too!

Sometimes, when booking a kids birthday’s party, the part parents have to play is often overlooked.

Head Researcher, Chief Administrator, Bookings Officer, Head of Transport, Organisation Officer, Catering Manager and of course Financial Controller – the list is certainly long and often challenging!

No surprise then that arranging a child’s birthday party is one of life’s more stressful requirements… the very reason VIRE has made it a top priority to think about parents needs too.

Booking a birthday party couldn’t be easier

No joke. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

So what do you get?

  • a simple, straightforward booking process.
  • flexible party options so we get everything absolutely right to suit your child, whether that be Nerf Wars followed by Virtual Reality games; a brilliant escape room then VR; or a mix of all three things ie escape room, Virtual Reality and Nerf Wars! You simply choose what you’d like and we can make it happen.
  • invites included in all our party options.
  • and best of all, full management of the party from start to finish – all meaning parents can cross some of their usual roles off of their long birthday list! We’ll also do all the clearing up after the party has finished, what’s not to love?

Bottom line?

It shouldn’t just be the kids saying they’ve had ‘the best birthday party ever.’  There’s no better sight than seeing a parent pick up a book, settle down with a coffee in our café, and relax, knowing their child’s special day is in good hands.

For more info about Kids Parties at Vire in Aylesbury, Bishop’s Stortford and Hemel Hempstead, click here. Please note, Nerf is only available at our Aylesbury and Bishop’s Stortford centres.

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