New pirate-themed escape room opens in Southend

PUBLISHED: 11:43 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 25 September 2018

Escape Live Essex - Pirate Plunder

Escape Live Essex - Pirate Plunder


A popular Southend escape game venue has launched a new room inspired by the town’s seafaring past

Escape Live Essex, based on the high street in Southend, has opened ‘Pirate Plunder’ following the widespread success of their first two rooms.

The venue opened in April 2016 and has seen more than 25,000 visitors come through its doors since.

It has become the top attraction in the Fun and Games category on TripAdvisor in Essex.

Pirate Plunder sees players given 60 minutes to solve the secrets of a pirate ship which has crashed into Southend Pier, plundering as much loot as they can before the ship sinks.

It joins two other games at Escape Live Essex, Dr Wilson’s Office and Room 13.

The new room is expected to create up to three new jobs at the venue and sees their current space reach full capacity – with the owners targeting further expansion in Southend.

Escape Live Essex co-owner Jeff said: “We’ve been wanting to open a third room for some time now and we think Pirate Plunder is the perfect experience to complement what we already have at Escape Live Essex.

“We have designed the room completely ourselves and are confident it will be a challenge for our players – who have been asking us when a new escape experience will be opening for some time now.

“The game itself centres on the crashed pirate ship of notorious pirate Sharkbait Sully.

“Our players are tasked to plunder from the ship before it sinks into the sea.

“Since opening in April 2016 we have seen huge demand and we hope this new room will go some way to feeding the appetite for escape games in Southend.

“We’re at full capacity now in our current location but are looking for new spaces in the town to expand and build more experiences for escape room fans to enjoy.”

Escape Live also has venues in Coventry, Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

To find out more about Pirate Plunder or to book a visit to any of the other Escape Live Essex experiences visit or call 01702 437337

Latest from the Essex Life