Newcastle’s first outdoor escape room takes players on a mysterious adventure

Developed by Newcastle’s top-ranked escape room and one of the world’s top 100 escape rooms, The Escape Key, the new outdoor escape game uses an app and GPS to tell the tragic historical tale of Rosie O’Shea through videos, puzzles, and challenges. The project was part funded by an ERDF funded grant from the GX Project at NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

Starting on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside where Rosie used to sell fish, the game takes players on an epic journey around the city. Local actors reveal the story and set challenges and puzzles for players. By solving the puzzles, the app will guide you to discover the next historic location and eventually to find Rosie’s Charm.

The game can be played like a typical escape room in a race-the-clock format which should take around two hours… or as a pub crawl style, ‘play at your own pace’ format that allows you to stop for takeaway drinks, food, or shopping during your quest!

“Rosie’s Charm is a unique mystery tour of Newcastle that can be played safely in accordance with current government restrictions as it is outdoors and limited to a maximum of six players,” said Martin Ashburn, Owner of The Escape Key and creator of the outdoor adventure game.

“By incorporating fascinating elements of Newcastle’s rich heritage, this adventure offers a unique experience where you can learn about shocking and interesting true events whilst also experiencing them,” he said.

“It’s been a tough year for most of us, so we developed this game so that locals can safely experience English heritage while spending quality time with family or friends.”

Bookings are now open for Rosie’s Charm – learn more and start your adventure at