A NEW escape rooms has opened in Basingstoke today, welcoming VIP guests to be the first to try it out.

Escape Hunt is now open in Festival Place, offering customers the chance to play a variety of escape rooms and virtual reality experiences, including an outdoor game which invites players to explore the town.

The venue will open to the general public on Saturday.

Players can choose from several themed escape rooms, including Our Finest Hour whereby teams navigate their way through a mysterious cave in search of a magical lamp, and Alice in Puzzleland which challenges players to help the Mad Hatter in an exciting race against the clock.

Virtual reality experiences include a special Halloween edition, with all games designed for teams of between two and six players.

Escape Hunt chief executive officer Richard Harpham said: “We’re thrilled to be opening our newest UK venue and bringing the magic of our immersive entertainment to Basingstoke. Some of our most popular escape rooms will be opening at Festival Place, and we’re sure you’re going to love them.”