New outdoor escape game coming to 16 venues in Ireland between August and October 10 months ago

New outdoor escape game coming to 16 venues in Ireland between August and October

Organisers say the game has been created so hundreds can play while still adhering to social distancing rules.

A new outdoor escape game that promises to turn participating venues into “a giant playground” is coming to 16 towns in Ireland from 15 August until the end of October.


Called The Big Escape Live, the GPS-activated game will involve groups of up to six people playing against each other with a leaderboard updated in real time to maintain a competitive edge throughout.

Starting in Athlone on Saturday 15 August, The Big Escape Live promises to turn each participating venue into a giant playground, with teams tasked with solving puzzles, cracking codes and completing challenges to take down Big Al’s casino in a classic heist.

The Big Escape Live will visit 16 venues in 16 different counties in Ireland between 15 August and 31 October; you can see the full list of participating towns and dates below:

  • Athlone, 15 August
  • Waterford, 15 August
  • Carlow, 22 August
  • Killarney, 22 August
  • Sligo Town, 22 August
  • Castlebar, 29 August
  • Clonmel, 29 August
  • Portlaoise, 29 August
  • Cork City, 5 September
  • Dundalk, 5 September
  • Ennis,12 September
  • Wexford, 12 September
  • Dublin, 26 September
  • Kilkenny, 26 September
  • Galway, 10 October
  • Limerick, 31 October

Commenting on the game, organiser Mark French said: “We’re excited to bring the game to Ireland. There’s a flexible start time from a designated start point giving people the opportunity to play at different times.

“But as teams navigate the streets together, they’ll be near to each other which will hopefully create a buzz around the city, especially if they’re playing in fancy dress, which is optional.

“Teams can choose when they play the game as tickets are valid for six months but after being locked in for so long, we wanted to try and create a fun and safe outdoor atmosphere for people to enjoy.”


Tickets cost €48 per team (with a maximum of six people) and kids can play for free.

Tickets can be booked and more information can be found on The Big Escape website.