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How to master Escape Games on your hen party

mastering escape games hen party queens

Your wolf pack

Whether you are a Katniss Everdeen, a Harley Quinn or a Hermione Granger there’s one thing all these escape queens have in common, they work as a team! No matter what obstacles they face they have their own wolf pack to help them through it. Who you have standing beside you does matter, but you already know this, after all, you have picked your maid of honour and bridesmaids. 


mastering escape games hen do who to pick

So, who do you pick?

Katniss Everdeen – The natural born leader, whether they realise it or not. When the time is ticking and ideas are flying you will need someone to listen to the group. To make decisions and keep everyone on track, just remember people love a leader who listens and cares, not dictates and ignore.

Harley Quinn – Depending on the game and room you choose there might be a few hairy moments. You will want someone who can remain as cool as a cucumber and carry on with the task at hand whilst the rest of us freak out. Some rooms are designed to split the group up so someone who can handle this is ideal.

Hermione Granger - When anything and everything can be a clue, having someone who can digest even the biggest of puzzles and arrive at an answer sharpish will be an asset to any team. Thankfully there won’t be any countdown clocks as the backing track to your Escape Game!

Susan Cooper (Melissa MCcarthy “Spy”) - ‘When the chips are down it doesn’t matter who wears the crown.’

‘It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.’

‘Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb, yeah!’

What I’m getting at in a roundabout way is; what does winning matter if you don’t enjoy it? You need a girl to break the tension, know when to crack a joke and keep a smile on your face and a laugh on your lips. You need a Susan Cooper from Spy.


mastering escape games hen do numbers

1 + 1 = A Window

So now you know the key personalities to be looking for to build the perfect team for your Escape Games hen activity! Now it’s time to crunch down the numbers. Whilst there’s no perfect formula for this, we have found too many cooks can spoil the broth. When time is ticking down it’s great to have more than one idea on how to solve the task at hand. Although when there’s too many and your swamped down, you’re not focused. You’re not moving forward as a team. All it achieves is a lot of hot air and no action. If you want a team larger than 4 you will need them to be able to follow rather than lead. If you are a team smaller than 4, you will need to have a Beyoncé, Amelia and a Carol. You will all need to be able crack a joke and lift the mood to see you through the hen do.


mastering escape games hen do what to wear

You are never fully dressed without a smile. 

‘I don’t know what to wear’ the most common phrase to leave my lips on a daily basis, but I’m sure I won’t be the only one. If you’re like me you will want to be dressed for the occasion, ready for anything. Unless you are ‘the other Tyra’ and can make three outfits out of one, let’s just settle for one perfect outfit.


mastering escape games hen weekend shoes


Ladies we are with real friends, they have seen your real height. It’s time to ditch the heels and embrace those trainers. With so much going on you will need to be happy to be on your hands and knees riffling for clues, or jumping up to reach something. Save the precious pairs of shoes for later. If you are a fashionista don’t worry trainers are big this year. Less clean, pristine basketball trainer and more lived and loved trainers… so don’t worry if your only pair is your running shoes at the back of the wardrobe.


mastering escape games hen party clothes


There is no point wearing your glad rags, you are most likely going to get dusty. You don’t want to be wearing restrictive clothing, but don’t worry your PE gym kit isn’t required either. Think along the lines of a cute jeans and a top. Here’s our mood board for super cute outfits you could wear so you get an idea.


mastering escape games hen weekend accessories


If you are taking a jacket and you’re not sure if you want to wear it inside the game. Don’t worry most escape games have lockers, you can always check your itinerary or with your party planner to make sure. Accessories aren’t overly needed here, a belt if needed perhaps. Nails any length are fine… ladies with talons… if you can work your phone and work a necklace clasp with your nails you too can do an escape room’s hen do with them!


mastering escape games hen party research

Research the bananas out of it

This may sound silly but knowing what you have signed up for is vital. Every Escape game is different! The look, theme, even how you play it is different, no two escape games are the same. Some are like a crystal maze, some are made to scare you, and others are based more on logic. Some are multiple rooms, others are just one. With so many differences how do you choose the right one for your hen group? You will know your group strengths and abilities, and you will know how much of a challenge your group is up for. Look at the different options available and read carefully what the different themes are offering you. Just remember every city will be offering you something different, so decide if you are happy to let the city help slim down which escape games you choose.

To give you a quick glimpse of what’s available to you:

Newcastle has a brand new crystal maze themed escape games:

Birmingham has a clues, riddles and puzzles themed escape games:

Cardiff has multiple options to choose from one is even a thriller:

Nottingham has multiple options one of which is a pirate themed:

Bristol has multiple options too, are you up for a hostage hostel?

 Once you have made your choice please be sure to let your hen party organiser know so they can make sure you have the best escape games hen party!


mastering escape games hen weekend ready set go


You have the ultimate team, an outfit for an escape games queen, and the right escape game for your group. You are now ready for your escape games hen do! In the words of Effie Trinket ‘May the odds be ever in your favour.’ Please let us know if you complete your escape games and what your highlights where on your hen do! Maybe send us your pictures?

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