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Get solving: Reading pubs team up for special escape room-style challenge just in time for Christmas

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HERE’S A pub crawl with a difference: each destination on a special list contains a puzzle that needs solving.

It’s part of a new contest aiming at helping people celebrate the festive season in neighbouring Reading.

Called The 12 Pubs of Christmas, the unique contest sees participants tackle an escape room-style challenge which have been hidden in the dozen venues.

The pubs include historic and modern alehouses, including one where the beer is brewed on site.

There is no set order to the 12, but each must be visited between 2pm and 8pm on Saturday, December 7 and also on Sunday, December 22 to take part.

Each puzzle is a standalone, so groups can just go along for as many as they like.

Organisers say that each challenge is based on the personality of each pub.

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Once each has been completed, the pub will give a stamp which can added to a special event passport.

Those who complete all 12 have more of a chance of winning a voucher for four people to enjoy a TimeTrap Escape Rooms experience.

The recommended team size is two to four people and just pick up a passport from any of the pubs taking part to start.

The pubs taking part are: the Allied Arms, Caffeine & Cocktails, The Horn, Purple Turtle, Brewdog, The Blagrave Arms, Zero Degrees, The Greyfriar, Great Expectations, The Botanist, The Market House, Yates.

Time Trap’s Andrew Ingle said: “We hope as many people as possible will join in. It’s a fun way to get the festive season started, who doesn’t like a pub game?”

The 12 Pubs of Christmas is part of the Magical Reading programme funded by the Reading BID and Reading Borough Council.

Full details of the Magical Reading Christmas programme are at or

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Kevin jason

Wow, so nice post that you have done I really like this. Well, I have also a great experience of escape room through “ESCAPE FOLSOM” which really seemed like kid-friendly.

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