Monday, January 16, 2017 - 15:15



Off-duty police officers put their detecting skills to good use when they became the first team to crack the Eden Project’s escape room.

The team of six officers from St Austell had a special preview of Eden Escape: Alien Rescue in which players are locked in an ‘alien quarantine zone’ and have to solve puzzles within a time limit to get out.

They solved all the complex puzzles with minutes to spare, becoming the first team to successfully do so within the 45-minute time limit.

Team member PC Jason Abbott said: “We really didn’t think we’d manage to do it but we got down to the last seven minutes then everything started to click into place.

“Everyone was concentrating hard and it was quite serious when we were trying to do the tasks. But by the end we were really happy and congratulating each other. Everyone said they really enjoyed it.” 

Polly Randle, Eden Live Programme Lead, said: “The police worked together as a team to solve the puzzles and were really impressive. 

“We’re very grateful to them for coming in and trying out our new escape room.”

Eden Escape: Alien Rescue opened last weekend and runs on selected dates until February 19. 

Participants have to solve a variety of puzzles and obstacles to build an immune system to save an alien from lethal attack from Earth’s pathogens.

To get a flavour of Eden Escape: Alien Rescue click here:

The game is supported by the Wellcome Trust and can be played by groups of three to five people. Two groups of five can also book to play at the same time. 

Slots are available on the following dates: January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 and February 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19. From now until 10 February tickets cost between £15 and £20 and give valid entry to Eden on the day of the game. During February half-term (February 11- 19) participants will require an Escape Room Ticket and valid Eden admission. 

The escape room is recommended for anyone aged eight and above. See full details of ticket prices on:




Picture caption:


Police officers have tried out the new escape room at the Eden Project. From bottom to top: PC Tristan Hankins, PC Jason Abbott, Sgt Matt Setchell, PC Scott Barrett, PC Peter Fox, PC Neil Renowden