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Visitors to a new indoor escape room experience at Stonham Barns Park will be trying to avert a nuclear disaster before their time runs out.

The Suffolk new attraction, which opened on December 3, is from Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead-based, Vire Zone Ltd, who specialise in escape rooms and VR experiences.

The escape room will see participants collaborate together in groups to complete challenges, crack codes using audio-visual cues and race against the clock to escape before time runs out.

Vire Zone Owner and founder, Ian Cox who hopes the new attraction will be completely new and immersive to the area.
Vire Zone Owner and founder, Ian Cox who hopes the new attraction will be completely new and immersive to the area.

Ian Cox, owner and founder of Vire Zone, said: “Following the success of our other indoor escape room ventures in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, we are really excited to launch this game at Stonham Barns Park.

“Our objective was to design a memorable escape experience that offers something completely new, immersive and rewarding for the local community.”

Entitled ‘Nuclear Meltdown’ this one puts players at the heart of an emergency-style storyline and tasks them with completing three separate, 20-minute challenges, to help de-activate a triggered nuclear launchpad.

Ian hopes the one-hour game will appeal to a broad audience, including families and friends of all ages, as it emphasises on team-building collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving intuition.

The new venture has also created four part-time jobs.

Alan Forward, owner of Stonham Barns Park, said: “We have been delighted to work with Vire zone Ltd to deliver this brand-new escape experience to our visitors.

“We have many popular attractions here at Stonham and this game provides another exciting reason for people to come and enjoy our facilities.”

The Nuclear Meltdown Escape Room is suitable for ages 10 and above with parents and 14 and over unaccompanied.

Players can book Thursdays to Sundays with other times also available for corporate visits.

For more information on the escape room or to book, go to www.virezone.co.uk or www.stonhambarns.co.uk.