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History, mystery and fun!
A perfect pastime
Turn the historic streets of Bristol into an exciting outdoor escape room, with The Mystery of the Sabotaged Balloon!
Solve the clues & crack the mystery
Discover amazing local history
Get some fun outdoor exercise!
Can you catch Bristol's most dastardly saboteur?(Suitable for adults and older children)
As the story goes, on the 9th May 1812, Bristol’s most prominent merchants and businessmen gathered in Queen Square to witness an incredible historic moment; the maiden flight of Archie Russell's Amazing Flying Machine! Excited crowds marvelled as the huge balloon lifted from its platform, but the spectacle quickly turned to disaster when it veered violently and crashed into a tree below!
Climbing from the wreckage, Archie was shocked to discover that someone had tampered with his precious balloon moments before take-off and cut one of his steering ropes in a terrible act of sabotage! Why would someone want to destroy Archie's life’s work? Was it a personal grudge against him? Or did a competitor want to stifle the competition?
You must follow the route, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this legendary Georgian mystery. On your journey you will be challenged with a range of cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles, and hidden objects, as you unravel the crime and discover the best of Bristol's fascinating history.
'The perfect combination of Bristol, puzzles, and history!'
Distance: 3.5km walk
Duration: 3+ hours
(Adults + older children)
Players: 1-3 per booklet
Clues to solve: 16
Starting Point: Bristol Old Vic, King St, Bristol BS1 4ED