We are delighted to have been shortlisted as one of the top leisure venues in the Portsmouth area.

The Real Escape has been shortlisted for best leisure venue in this year’s Retail and Leisure Awards for The News, Portsmouth.

It’s a massive achievement for us, considering we only opened our doors to the public in March, andis testament to the rising popularity of our venue.

We are honoured to be up against other venues with considerable kudos, including the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.

The shortlist has been published in The News and we now await the verdict of the judging panel – fingers firmly crossed! We are excited to be attending the awards ceremony at The Guildhall on September 17.

The shortlisting comes after The Real Escape created a huge buzz in the press and social media when we opened earlier this year.

Since then, hundreds of people have been through its doors to be perplexed, challenged and entertained.

People love the simple concept of The Real Escape – a team of up to six people being locked in a room and solving clues to find the key to escape.

Escape Room games have been extremely popular in Europe but this is the first of its kind to open in the Solent area.

Our first room, The Chamber of the Deep, which celebrates Portsmouth’s rich maritime history, has proved to be a huge hit.

The success and popularity of the first room is now leading to greater things.

Exciting plans are afoot but they are under wraps for now – keep watching this space!