Crack the virus code with brand-new escape room during Cardiff Science Festival

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Cardiff’s Exitus Escape teams up with Tenovus Cancer Care to promote cancer-battling research. And during Cardiff Science Festival, it’s free to play!

Cardiff city centre will become a hub for science between 15 and 18 February. Cardiff Science Festival returns to takeover cafes, shops and pubs throughout the city.

The volunteer-run festival has about 30 events dotted around Cardiff. These will show how science is in every part of our day to day lives.
And, best of all, a brand-new escape room is coming to Cardiff. For the full list of events, check out the Cardiff Science Festival Facebook page.

Promotional flyer advertising the Virus Tinkerers room as part of Cardiff Science Festival

Exitus Escape Rooms and Tenovus Cancer Care have paired up to create Virus Tinkerers. This will replace their first room, Plague (check out my review!), which shuts down on 2 February.

The room will showcase research funded by Cardiff University on re-training viruses. This re-training helps viruses recognise and kill cancer cells.

We’ve really enjoyed working with the Tenovus team and the scientists who we have created the room with us. It’s been great learning more about what Tenovus do as a charity, it’s been a real eye opener.

We’re all really excited for the room to open. It’s the start of a great partnership!

Ellie Steed, co-owner of Exitus Escape Rooms

Virus Tinkerers will be free to play during Cardiff Science Festival (15-18 February). Booking requires a £5 refundable deposit.
Afterwards, Virus Tinkerers will be a permanent fixture at Exitus Escape Rooms. Prices will be from £14 per player, and 5% of the proceeds will go to Tenovus Cancer Care.

The group at Tenovus and Exitus Escape Rooms Cardiff

Dr Lisa Whittaker, Research Engagement Manager at Tenovus Cancer Care, says:

The team at Tenovus Cancer Care are excited to be part of Cardiff Science Festival again. This year we’ve joined forces with Exitus Escape Rooms and scientists we fund at Cardiff University to create an exciting new escape room.

Visitors will have one hour to learn all about how viruses can be retrained to kill cancer, crack the virus code and escape! We hope this is a new way for people to learn about the vital cancer research we fund in Wales.

The event is now SOLD OUT. Visit Exitus Escape Rooms to check availability if they open up more slots.