Hospitality & Tourism

Published: March 10, 2021 | Updated: February 7, 2022

New jobs on the way as working farm to host military themed interactive adventure game

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Around ten jobs are to be created with the launch of a new outdoor adventure game concept next month.

Redlands Coppice at Piddletrenthide near Dorchester has partnered with The Escape Games Company in the venture.

The adventure game, played in and around Redlands, will see participants collaborate together in small groups to solve puzzles and crack clues to safely diffuse an active ‘bomb’ and strive to become agents of a new secret army brigade.

During the games, teams will also have to throw Bluetooth ‘grenades,’ dodge mines on the ground and try and avoid a tracked remote-controlled vehicle driving around the site.

Actors in full army costume will bring the games to life, engaging and interacting with players and further enhancing the experience.

Organisers say Covid-safety will be paramount, with all activities outside and all clues and props cleaned and sanitised after every game.

The sizes of groups, and the number of households allowed to mix, will also be adhered to depending on Covid restrictions.

The new partnership between Redlands Coppice and The Escape Games Company follows a successful pilot last summer at Berkhamsted Castle in Hertfordshire.

More than 95 per cent of players said they would recommend the experience.

The game at Redlands – and other new games being operated by The Escape Games Company – will be delivered under the company’s ‘Adventure Out! Games’ brand.

This focuses on outdoor, escape style themed games in sites around England.

The games are expected to appeal to a broad audience including families and friends of all ages, along with school groups and those looking for corporate teambuilding activities.

Ian Cox, Owner and Founder of The Escape Games Company, said: “We are really excited about our new partnership with Redlands Coppice.

“Our objective is to capitalise on the fantastic surroundings of the site with fun, energising games.

“After months of lockdown and inordinate amounts of time spent in front of screens, we wanted to provide activities that support people’s physical and mental health.

“Our problem-solving games will bring the feel-good factor and plenty of active fun and excitement in an amazing location.”

Cameron Farquharson, Owner and Director of Redlands Coppice, pictured, said: “We are excited to be working with The Escape Games Company on this new venture here at Redlands Coppice.

“After what has been a very difficult year for everyone, this offers a great opportunity to people of all ages to get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

“It will also bring much needed employment and revenue to the area.”

It is estimated that Adventure Out! at Redlands Coppice will create around ten new jobs and also deliver a much needed revenue boost to the local visitor economy, adversely affected by Covid-19.

Adventure Out! is operated by The Escape Games Company on behalf of Thevirezone Ltd which has more than three years’ experience in running traditional escape rooms along with virtual reality games at centres in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

  • Adventure Out! Games are around one hour in duration and can be booked in advance at adventureoutgames.co.uk.
  • The Redlands Coppice Game opens on Friday April 16 with a money back guarantee should Covid restrictions change. Prices start at £14 per person in a family group. Games will be available at weekends and throughout the school holidays.