escape rooms

These free, downloadable Escape Rooms will work online on Zoom or other teleconferencing apps, but can also be used in group settings face-to-face or in small groups. They have worked for schools, families and businesses as well as youth groups!

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One or more people present using a shared screen online or a laptop and projector. The rest play the Escape Room. There are different puzzles to solve to escape the room or rescue someone, including spot the difference, quizzes, codes and riddles.

Find the escape room you want to play below. Click on DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS and print them out or view them on a different screen, then click on DOWNLOAD CLUES for the clues in the form of a Microsoft Powerpoint and you are ready to go!

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"One of the best things I've done on Zoom!"

James, Edinburgh

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"Thank you for this wonderful resource. Our youth group had a great time."

Lindsay Jacobs, Sunday school teacher, Hendon Baptist Church, London

"Dave, thanks so much for these. I did one with our youth group last week and am going to do one with my family over Christmas. They’ve been a real easy way to make Zoom socials actually fun."

Simon Diggins, Youth Leader, St. Peter in Eastgate, Lincoln

Rated       by Premier Youth & Children's Work magazine reviewer. Read the full review.

If you think these Escape Rooms are useful, please have a look at my manual for Christian youth ministry - Raising the Bar. The Escape Rooms give you five free, fun evenings. The book, by the grace of God, prepares you for and supports you in a lifetime of fruitful ministry. It's £13.95 including p&p in the UK.

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"This was such a great resource, thank you so much. My youth loved it, and it got us out of a cycle of the same Zoom awkwardness week after week!"

Ruth Scholes, Youth Worker, St. James' Church, Carlisle

"We used this Escape Room for our gathering of families celebrating my son’s birthday by Zoom. It was great! There was a good level of challenge for all ages. It was straightforward to use with interesting and entertaining challenges. I’m now preparing to use Round the World 2 with our church youth group next week! Thanks guys!"

Kate Hamilton, Ministry Associate, Jersey Baptist Church

two new easter escape rooms

holy week escape room

This Escape Room covers events of Holy Week, leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. This is designed to be used by schools or youth groups.

Click the button below to download instructions, clues and publicity artwork for youth groups.

Youth resource updated

31st March 2021

Click on the logo below to access Christ Church, Winchester's Schools Team website to download schools' resources, including PowerPoint for face-to-face group use, teacher's instructions and classroom resources. 

Schools' resources updated 16th March 2021

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Holy Week Leaderboard
To join the leaderboard, send your team name, headline, time, group and location here, stating you've completed Holy Week.

Created by Jack Percey, Tim Robbins, Monica Jones & Dave Thornton. 

 

If you don't understand something or see anything that can be improved, get in touch.

 

"A brilliant way to go through the Easter story, grounding it in a real place and with real people. Fun puzzles along with a well-planned, ongoing narrative. Great to be able to change the delivery of such a key event to such a key age group. We look forward to continuing to use all the escape rooms when back meeting in person!"

Henry Wade, Younger Youth Leader, St. Mary Bredin, Canterbury

Holy Week Leaderboard

"We tried this with a mostly adult group and they loved it! They had so much fun and everyone of every age was able to get involved and contribute. They all want to do more!"

Steven Driver, Children and Youth Minister, Poole Christian Fellowship

These headlines were written by young people, imagining they were reporters, investigating the events of Holy Week at that time.

1.   Scandal! Barabbas free,

      Jesus to die

      Thornbury Baptist Church

2.   Christ crucified, sinner saved

      St. John's, Woking

3.   Justice for Jesus

      Christ Church, Winchester

4.   Jesus to die :(

      Thornbury Baptist Church

5.   JESUS TAKES THE

      PUNISHMENT!

      Community Chapel Church of the 

      Nazarene, Nashua, NH, USA

6.   Barabbas Freed, Jesus Crucified

      Chilsworthy Chapel (Devon)

7.   Judas betrays Jesus, Barabbas freed

      YJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York

8.   Sacrifice of Jesus for Barabbas after a

      Shocking Accusation

      OJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York

9.   Fox News, Fake News

      Thornbury Baptist Church

10. King of the Jews? Got a

      few loose screws??

      Mission Ipswich East, Suffolk

39.59

 

 

42.20

 

40.05

42.12

46.25

47.09

47.55

 

46.45

 

45.29

50.00

11. Gruesome Tale of Wonky

      Map = Murderer Freed,

      Jesus convicted

      St. Botolph's Church, Kettering

12. Jury's out for Jesus

      St. Mary Bredin, Canterbury

13. The wrong guy was released?

      Prescot Community Church,

      Merseyside

14. Jerusalem's gardener needs

      to chill

      Poole Christian Fellowship, Poole

15. Saviour sentenced!

      Christ Church, Winchester

16. Jerusalem needs a new

      cartographer

      Poole Christian Fellowship, Poole

17Journalist exhausted after

      long weekend!

      Chilsworthy Chapel (Devon)

51.42

 

50.32

 

52.16

55.46

 

59.58

53.36

 

89.29

To join the leaderboard, send your time, group, location and headline here, stating you've completed the Holy Week Escape Room.
Your headline will be taken into account for your place on the leaderboard.

easter escape room

This Escape Room covers Good Friday and Jesus' resurrection. This is designed to be used by schools or youth groups and can be used independently of the first.

Click the button below to download instructions, clues and publicity artwork for youth groups.

Youth resource updated

25th March 2021

Please click on the logo below to go to Christ Church, Winchester's Schools Team website to download schools' resources, including PowerPoint for face-to-face group use, teacher's instructions and classroom resources. 

Schools' resources updated 16th March 2021

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"Our youth group had a fantastic evening solving clues and having a laugh together! Would definitely recommend this to youth workers as a great way to introduce the Easter passage."
 
Adèle Regan
Youth & Children's Minister
St. James', Rowledge, Farnham

If you want to keep up-to-date with new resources like these, please join the website by clicking Log In at the top.

Created by Jack Percey, Tim Robbins, Monica Jones & Dave Thornton. 

 

If you don't understand something or see anything that can be improved, get in touch.

 

"We really enjoyed it and had great interaction from the young people. To hear the noise on Zoom was great. Hopefully we can carry that excitement through to our other sessions. Thanks so much for the great resource."

Tim Wallace, Youth Worker, Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham

Easter Leaderboard

1. Mischief managed

    Quench, South Cotswolds Team

2. Resurrection Revelation: Jesus'

    Cross Cured

    OJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York

3. Return of the King leads to

    global spread

    St. Elizabeth's, Dundonald, NI

4. Tomb-tastic - Jesus is risen!

    Crossway Church, Birmingham

5. Thomas breaks Covid laws

    to touch resurrected Jesus

    Christ Church, Winchester

6. Man's love for fishing brings him

    back from the dead

    Christ Church, Winchester

7. Local preacher defeats death

    Christ Church, Winchester

8. Jesus' Resurrection: He Rises Again

    YJAM, Clifton Parish Churches, York

35.24

 

37.07

37.10

 

 

43.12

 

46.14

 

 

43.27

 

41.47

42.28

9.   It's a miracle!

      Hendon Beach Church, London

10. Jesus & Barabbas: an unlikely

      pairing

      St. James, Rowledge,

      Farnham

11. Christ's Comeback

      Christ Church, Winchester

12. Lost in Lower City

      Christ Church, Winchester    

45.32

 

48.23

63.38

 

47.08

To join the leaderboard, send your time, group, location and headline here, stating you've completed the Easter Escape Room.
Your headline will be taken into account for your place on the leaderboard.

"Thank you for providing an activity that is as engaging as it is enjoyable, even under the limitations of Lockdown. Our youth group had a fantastic time and I'd happily recommend it to any group looking for a fun evening together."

Jonathan Burrows, Youth Leader, St. Botolph's, Barton Seagrave

"We've just done a social with your Escape Room - we loved it! Great to see lots of smiles on screen in an otherwise very boring half term."

Anna & Ian Rossiter, Youth & Children's Worker and Youth Leader, Binscombe Church, Godalming

 

You've been Around the World. Can you solve all nine puzzles to get Around the World 2 in our brand new Escape Room?

Updated 14th February 2021.

Designed by Monica Jones, Hannah Elphick and Dave Thornton. Graphics by Jack Percey.

If you spot any problems or want to help design the next Escape Room, get in touch.

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Around the World 2 Leaderboard
  1. EncountHER                       (St. Joseph's, Benwell)

  2. Team Ignite                       (St. James', New Barnet)

  3. Dineswag and Friends           (St. Mary's, Maidenhead)

  4. Da Boyz                              (St. Botolph's, Barton Seagrave)

  5. The Chocolate Oranges   (Christ Church, Winchester)

  6. Banjo                                   (Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester) 

  7. The Oregano Warriors   (Holy Trinity, Norwich)

  8. The 412 Girls                 (Ballycullen Youth, Dublin)

  9. The Team Behind             (Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester)

  10. We're faster**               (Lutterworth Church)

  11. We're fast!*                   (Christ Church, Winchester)

27.14

 

28.46

 

30.04

 

31.32

 

32.02

 

34.21

 

34.37

 

35.39

35.51

 

35.54

 

36.16

*

**

... but obviously not fast enough.

... and arguably funnier. 

12. Attic Cafe Team Harry

      (Thornbury Baptist Church)

13. Yr 10s with no Team Name

      (Christ Church, Winchester)

14. Boro chicken & chips

      (Jubilee Church, Teesside)

15. Attic Cafe Team Jack

      (Thornbury Baptist Church)

16. Escape the Zoom

      (Christ Church, Winchester)

17. SALT

      (Fellowship Afloat, Essex)

18. Jesus is AMONG US

      (All Saints, Woodford Wells)

19. Jam before cream? NO!

      (Christ Church, Winchester)

20. Barney and Friends

      (Christ Church, Winchester)

21. Element Youth Club

      (St Catharine's, Houghton-          on-the-Hill, Leics)

37.49

 

38.22

 

39.54

 

42.15

 

42.32

 

42.32

 

43.12

 

44.31

44.48

44.48

22. Chill Youth Club

      Prescot (Merseyside)

​23. Wenger out 

      (Ballycullen Youth, Dublin) 

46.29

53.52

To join the leaderboard, send your team name, time, group and location here, stating you've completed Around the World 2.

"We have been using your escape rooms in some of our socials and they have been great :-) Thank you so much! The young people and leaders have absolutely loved doing them :-) In fact, we’re gonna do one of them again with another group next Thursday :-)"

Sam Clarke, Youth Minister, St. Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford

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"Just wanted to say a big thank you for the amazing escape room resource. We have done the London one and this month we are doing Around the World. It’s gone down so well with our youth and the older ones have helped run it for the younger ones. "

Amanda Neill, Youth Pastor, St. Paul's Church Howell Hill

Based on Jules Verne's book, 'Around the world in 80 days'. Can you solve all nine puzzles to get Around the World in our Escape Room?

Designed by Louise Grainger, Michael Weatherall, Hannah Elphick, Eleanor Bristowe and Dave Thornton.

 

If you want to help design the next Escape Room, get in touch.

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Around the World 1 Leaderboard

25.37

 

27.26

 

27.27

 

30.54

 

31.13

 

32.21

 

32.57

 

33.51

 

34.13

 

34.18

34.28

  1. Ignite on Fire                       (Trinity Church, Buxton)

  2. Focussed at Focus             (Binscombe Church, Godalming)

  3. Falcon 7X                             (Muckamore Presbyterian Church)

  4. Hawker 400                   (Muckamore Presbyterian Church)

  5. Team 2                                (St. Michael's, Stoke Gifford)

  6. ATTIC CAFE                             (Thornbury Baptist, Bristol)

  7. (Danbury) Mission Possible     (Danbury Mission, Danbury)

  8. Youth Group                 (Cambray Baptist, Cheltenham)

  9. Universally Challenged          (St. Mary's, Maidenhead)

  10. Rooted                         (Lutterworth Church)

  11. SNG                                   (Thornbury Baptist, Bristol)

To join the leaderboard, send your team name, time, group and location here, stating you've completed Around the World 1.

12. Team Anthookey

      (Baptist Church, Winchester)

13. The Bonnie Bandits

      (Integrate YFC, Norfolk/Suffolk)

14. Leroy's Floof

      (The Chinese Church, Gillingham)

15. Team 1

      (St. Michael's, Stoke Gifford)

16. The Insiders

      (Baptist Church, Winchester)

17. The Outsiders

      (Baptist Church, Winchester)

18. Dajosato

      (Holy Trinity, Cambridge)

19. Sub45

      (Holy Trinity, Cambridge)

20. Ignite the Funpowder

      (St. Matthew's, Cheltenham)

21. Cake or Lake

      (Christ Church, Winchester)

22. Unicorns on TOAST

      (Grace Church, Sydenham)

34.30

 

35.01

 

35.05

 

35.21

 

35.27

 

36.00

 

36.28

 

36.56

 

37.02

 

37.09

37.24

“Thanks for making the escape room - that was a lot of fun!"

 

Simon Eves

Minister in Charge of Youth Work

St. Mary's Church, Maidenhead

23. 3D

      (Danbury Mission, Danbury)

24. Bombardier Challenger 605

      (Muckamore Presbyterian Church)

25. St. James Youth

      (St. James' Church, Carlisle)

26. Where's the lamb sauce?

      (Third Ave Church &                      Community, Gillingham, Kent)

27. Ignite Club

      (Thornbury Baptist Church)

28. Focus Escape Corps

      (Binscombe Church, Godalming)

29. Team Rob

      (St. Paul's, St. Albans)

30. YAWN

      (Wycliffe Church, Sheffield)

31. Haddon Heroes

       Haddon Hall Baptist, London

32. HBC (Hendon Beach Church)

      (Hendon Baptist Snrs, London)

33. Amazing Grace

      (St. John's & St. Andrew's, Chelsea)

34. Escapists

      (St. John's & St. Andrew's, Chelsea)

37.41

 

37.56

 

38.09

 

38.45

 

 

38.47

 

39.00

 

39.15

42.58

 

44.18

 

47.10

 

51.54

52.08

"Brilliant resource! We loved playing it on Zoom. As a small church youth group, it's something we just couldn't do alone."

Ben Horrex, Assistant Minister (Youth), Lutterworth Church, Lutterworth

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"I used this with my House Group as our Christmas social activity. I don't think I've ever laughed so much at a House Group evening!

 

I think my favourite moment was the virtual tour of the National Gallery when two of the party managed to get themselves stuck in the toilets!

 

Thank you for so much joy and laughter." 

Jo, Winchester

vicar ron sou has been kidnapped and hidden in london. can you solve the puzzles to find him?

Invite young people and their friends to a London Escape Room. All instructions included. Just download two documents, practise to make sure you know how it works and go.

 

"We have just completed the Around the World Escape Room with one of our groups and it was a big hit. They really enjoyed playing the game. It helped them explore working as a team and the tasks were varied enough, so that everyone in a team could contribute and take the lead. Competing timewise against other teams in the UK also made them feel part of something much bigger, which is important at this time of social isolation."

Mike Levy, Children and Youth Pastor, Thornbury Baptist Church, Bristol

 

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Can you solve the clues to help the Vicar escape?

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Why not create a positive experience for your young people and their friends online with an Escape Room? Only one tiny bit of preparation needed (which will take you about 30 seconds). All instructions included. Just download two documents, add a phone number and go.

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for your online escape room! I used it with my youth group last night, and they all seemed to enjoy it and have fun! A very well-organised and well-written resource that I will definitely be using again!!!”

 

Eleanor Bristowe

Youth Ministry Worker

Winchester Baptist Church

“Thank you to all those involved in putting the escape room together. We’ve just run it with the youth group here (fortunately, Vicar Ron Sou was successfully freed by both teams in the time limit). One of the young people instructed me to thank you and all others involved in putting it together - certainly gets a five star rating from St. Andrews!"

 

Hannah Elphick

Youth Leader

St. Andrew's Baptist Church

"A huge, huge thank you for the incredible “Around the World” Escape Room. It was absolutely brilliant. It worked very well for different age groups, was inclusive, easy-to-use and easy-to-run. Your website is an invaluable resource, and a real boost for us youth workers!"

Steve Conacher, Youth Pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, UK

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Want another Easter Escape Room?

Faith in Kids has published one, based around Barabbas, for 8s-12s.

 

"After churches in Northern Ireland went into an unexpected lockdown, we needed something fun and quality to run with our teens, so we are grateful that your "Around the World" Escape Zoom was available. The young people had great fun competing against each other and it gave us an opportunity to share about the freedom we have in Jesus. Thanks for sharing this resource."

Johnny Bell, Director of Youth Ministry, Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church, Belfast

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Looking for something aimed at younger children?

Aaron Griffin, creator of TheBibleApplied channel on YouTube, has created an escape room for 7s-11s, based on Jesus' words 'I am the resurrection and the life.'

Want more free Escape Rooms?

Toronto Public Library have produced some here.

I haven't checked all of these, so cannot vouch for their content, but at first glance, they look good.

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