The Benefits of Brain Teasers & Puzzles

Today we’re talking about the benefits of brain teasers and puzzles and how they can help keep your mind sharp. Our escape games aren’t just for fun, they’re also for keeping your grey matter super fit, and they’re incredibly helpful at keeping your brain on form. Read on to find out why Escape Games Southend are of benefit to your gorgeous brain!

Great at Keeping Active

Brain teasers and puzzles are great at keeping active, but not just for your body, it’s also great for cognitive function too. They help keep your mind sharp and provide a relief from a diet of TV and computer screens. Of course, exercise and a healthy diet are incredibly important too, but taxing your brain with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers can play their part too. It’s also a great way of spending some time away from home and with like-minded people, your friends and family.

Keep Your Mind Sharp

Any brain games are good for you mentally and help you to keep your mind sharp. It doesn’t always necessarily have to be our Escape Games either, although they’re obviously designed to get your brain working, it could be anything where you have to think hard and work things out, something with a particular level of difficulty. These problems could be solved in a lot of different ways, it could be using numbers, language or analytical problem-solving.

Promoting a Positive Mood

By keeping your brain active you could help stave off depression and low mood, and it’s helpful if you combine this with regular exercise too. Escape Games don’t offer a cure for dementia, but by keeping your brain active, you’re possibly helping to keep it at bay for longer. Rather than by doing repetitive work and sitting doing nothing more than stare at the TV, which requires no interaction from you, you’re becoming stale and bored.

There’s too much time to overthink and mull over things that haven’t gone well when you’re not doing much. By remaining active you are helping to keep yourself occupied and your brain healthy. Change what you do on a regular basis so your activities don’t become repetitive, swap tasks and you’ll be keeping your brain cells on their toes!

Escape Southend for the best way of keeping your brain cells guessing! Yes, come on down to Escape Southend and take part in the game that really tests your abilities. Find those well-hidden pesky clues, then work them out as a team, unlock them all using that sensational brain of yours and keep that serotonin flowing! Whether you work it all out in under an hour or not or fail just before the hour’s up – it’s the taking part that counts. Book your room online or by phone, we can’t wait to see you have the time of your life!

Escape From Your Studies

Being a student carries so much pressure, we know this because some of us have been students ourselves, and can understand and relate to the stress of student life. We believe that our Escape Rooms here at Southend are created to help a student reduce their stress and relieve the pain of constant study. 

It’s just such a brilliant way escape student life for just a little while, well for an hour at least. We see students come here and feel so much better than when they arrived. They come in looking tired and stressed, they leave looking and feeling happier. Southend Escape Games is the perfect solution to a heavy workload. 

What happens?

Well, you’re locked in a room with one hour to escape. Your room will have a theme, and you’ll need to find some clues and find out what they all mean – work them all out to escape. You’ll need to work as a team, so good communication is important, and by working together, the sooner you’ll get out. You may not be successful the first time, but you can come back as many times as you want, because there’s nothing we like better, than to see our customers come back over and over again. 

Students come back all the time and why not?

After all this is the best game and always a good way of forgetting about work. We see enough people coming in and returning and with new students on their next visit, so the enjoyment continues, it’s not always about the winning, it’s the taking part that counts. Once you’ve played the game with us, you’ll go back to your halls of residence feeling so much happier, so if you’re looking to feel less stressed, more relaxed and more cheerful, you need to come on down to Escape Southend and try it yourself. 

Escape Southend – for escapism of a different kind

So now you know what there is to do here, and that it’s a good way to escape from your studies, will you come and try it out for yourself? You’ll have a fantastic time and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you forget your deadlines while you are here. Book your Escape Games Room online or over the phone. Southend Escape can’t wait to see you!



Five Fantastic Team Building Activities

We’re going to be looking at five different team building activities this month for Escape Games Southend. If you’re the manager of a corporate team, then you may be looking for more team building activities (although of course we think ours is the best) and we’re here to help. We know that corporate teams get an awful lot from team building activities because they’re so robust at discovering individuals’ weaknesses and strengths. We’ve chosen five of the best, so take a look and have a think about which ones you think would be best for your team.

Would You Like Your Team to Be Put Through Their Paces?

Boot Camp will definitely do that with its fast-paced physical exercise and time constrained military type activities. They’re usually run by ex-army, so they know exactly what they’re doing, so you’re in safe hands! There’ll be some assault courses, and your team will either work together or against each other for a healthy bit of competition. Meanwhile, you’ll have a ringside seat to see who does well and who doesn’t, or perhaps you’ll be taking part alongside your team? Better make sure you’re able to keep up with them!

It’s a Knockout – That Great Old Favourite

Or possibly not, in fact you may not have even heard of it depending on how old you are. This is a game where you’ll get dirty and wet and quite possibly more exhausted than you’ve ever been before. You’ll need to be fit to take part and be able to keep up with this fast-paced game. If nothing else, it’s tremendous fun and you’ll get to see first-hand whether or not your team have what it takes – and also whether they have a sense of humour.

The Great Scavenger Hunt

This is for those that like a bit of a puzzle and a kind of treasure hunt. This will involve searching for and finding a selection of different items, or should we say scavenging rather than searching perhaps? You’ll collect some interesting items including some photographs perhaps and some other interesting artefacts from yesteryear, possibly stuff that will be all about your hometown or a particular landmark building in the town or city you live, and you know what? There may even be a prize, or it might be the case that you all go down the pub instead.

Sports Day

How about a simulation of the school sports day, although this might reduce some of you to tears at the mere though of donning your shorts and running around in the freezing cold. Compare it to the Olympics instead, and then you won’t suffer from hideous flashbacks. Have prizes and awards and then celebrate the end later with a makeshift ceremony – or a trip to the pub or back to the office. It all depends on how generous you’re feeling.

Escape Southend for Team Activities That Beat the Rest

So, there we are, we reach the fifth and final team building activity. How about participating in up to five Escape Rooms which are themed and furnished in your movie, game or book and then imagine being locked in. You’ll have an hour to find a series of clues and puzzles which you and your team will have to solve and find the key to escape within that time. Your team will have plenty of opportunity to use their problem-solving and analytical skills, refine their communication skills and display their delegation abilities. Why not book your room now, and you can do this online or over the phone and we’ll see both you and your team here at Southend?


Escape Southend - Who Visits Escape Southend?

The type of people who visit Southend are a versatile bunch from all walks of life and we see a fair few of them here. Today, we’re talking about some of the most popular groups of people that come to Escape, so you can see for yourself the wide variety of visitors from across the board. 

Corporate teams.

We see a lot of corporate teams who visit Escape Southend to try out our games in order to identify much needed skills for their company. By identifying their team’s skills or weaknesses they can then provide relevant training. Much needed skills for Escape Games are problem-solving, logical and analytical and communication skills. All much-respected skills in the workplace which are valued by most companies. 

Students.

We see a lot of students who are eager to get away from their desks. What with studying, online essays and deadlines and academic papers, Escape Games are an ultimate ‘escape’ from the drudgery of endless reading and studying.  They come here with their peers and unwind for an hour, and it’s also a great opportunity to meet new students who’ve joined them, so they feel less alone. 

Celebrations.

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary or a driving test pass, people who visit here are often celebrating special events or milestones in their lives. It means a lot to them, so they’ll bring family and friends to celebrate those special moments. Sometimes it’ll be a hen or stag do, and on other days it might be a new job or buying a car. Whatever it is, Escape Games provide a really unique way of celebrating that event. 

First Dates.

We get people coming here for their first date with a new friend. They come here feeling quite shy but leave friendly and confident, having had the ideal opportunity to get to know their date. It’s better than dinner or a visit to the cinema as it’s less passive, and both people must be active and participatory in order to play the game. It’s a really great way to break the ice. 

Escape Southend – the best escapist fantasy.

Now you’ve seen who visits us here at Escape Southend we’re sure you’ll be eager to try us yourself. Booking a room is simple and easy and it doesn’t take long. Just take a look at our themed rooms and decide which one you prefer. Then once you’ve chosen, just pick up the phone or book online and then it’s done. Remember even if you don’t escape first time, there’s always a next time, because we love to see our players come back. 

Escape Southend - The Benefits of Team Building Activities

We’re going to look at the benefits of team building activities today because we see a lot of corporate teams bringing their people here for a game of Escape. There’s plenty of good reasons why people come here, especially corporate teams, and we’d like to talk about them with you, so you’ll have an idea of what to expect. 

Valuable time away from the office desk.

Organising an away day may seem like a waste of time, but it rarely is. It’s a perfect opportunity to gather all your teams together and get them out and about where they can enjoy the space between themselves and their office desk and where you get to identify who’s good at what. Yes, it sounds a little sneaky but team building activities are great for everyone, for you the team leader, and for your team themselves. 

They may think they know each other but they probably don’t.

They possibly may not know each other that well despite having worked together for several months or years. This is an ideal opportunity to break the ice and get to know each other, form new bonds that may serve them well in the future should they work on a project together. 

Identify hidden talents in your team.

It’s also an ideal opportunity to identify hidden talents so you can allocate any important roles to those individuals you think are best for the role. By getting them to take part in a team building exercise you’re going to be in a prime position to see who’s good at problem-solving, who has the best analytical and logical thinking, who shines at communicating and delegating what’s needed, who stays calm under pressure and who panics. 

Team-working

Team-working is particularly important in any job, where people know how to get the best out of each other, who knows how to support and encourage each other and whether everyone’s able to demonstrate key skills in these areas. Are you a lone competitor or a you a team player, happy to cheer others or are you all about yourself? 

Escape Games Southend – get team building skills you’re looking for

We believe that the Escape Games we host here are one of the best team building exercises in the country. We see corporate teams bring their people here all the time and see how positive and upbeat they are once they’ve finished. We know that it fosters all the key skills you’re hoping to identify in your team such, as the ones we’ve already mentioned. But also consider other skills such as attention to detail, remembering key details of the game, inclusion, leadership and being able to explain a task or instruction to another team member without making it overly complex, or over-simplified. 

The Escape Room Game is all about thinking on your feet with a team of people searching for clues together, utilising each other’s skills so they can escape a locked room - and they’re up against the clock. It’s the ultimate challenge and the best and most original corporate team building game. Why not book a room today, either online or over the phone and see for yourself?

Escape Room Hints and Tips

Who wants hints and tips on getting out of the Escape Room? Well, we can imagine that would be anyone who’s going to be taking part in our Escape Games. We see a lot of people come and go, here at Escape Southend, and we see them ask themselves what it takes to get out of the room within the hour – and it’s not easy.

We like to help our teams out and make sure they have a brilliant time when they’re with us, and so we’ve compiled a few hints and tips we think may help you get out of the room within the allotted 60 minutes.

Team work

You’ll need to work as part of a team to get around successfully and find those all so carefully concealed clues. No squabbling, so don’t bring along people who you know you’re not going to get on with, or personality clashes may abound. No working in isolation, but you should be keeping lines of communication open at all times. Let people speak and have their say, don’t dominate, and you’ll be more likely to find the clues and get out within the hour.

Delegation is key

You’ll need a team leader, someone who’s good at delegating. This person won’t be looking for clues themselves but guiding everyone else in the team. They’ll be cheering people on and helping everyone to spot those all-important clues.

Have your eyes and ears peeled

You’ll need to look everywhere, and we mean absolutely everywhere. You’ll need to try looking up at door frames, under rugs and the chairs, and generally in places you wouldn’t normally think of. Clues won’t be sitting in an obvious place waiting to be found, they’ll be cleverly concealed in all sorts of deliciously unthought of places.

Keep the clues in one place unless you want to lose the clues AND the game

Yes, don’t dump them or toss them into a corner while you excitedly start looking for others, for the likelihood is you’ll lose one or even two of them, and then be unable to finish off the game. That means you lose. So, keep them all as you find them in one central place.

Escape Southend – for a new form of escapism you won’t forget

So, now you have some clues now on how to get around the Escape Room with a fighting chance of winning. We hope it helps, we think it will. Book your room online or over the phone, carefully picking your theme of choice. We’ll see you down here!