Outdoor Escape Challenge

This summer gather the family for one of our brand-new outdoor escape challenges, Operation Games and Operation Medal.


Now in its third year, this year's version of the popular outdoor escape challenge invites groups of families and friends to solve cryptic puzzles and discover the stories behind some of the memorials dedicated to communities from across the Commonwealth.  


Choose a family-friendly mission (£12 per group, suggested age 8+) or a more challenging adult version (£15 per group).


Available from the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

Have you got what it takes to identify the crook who has stolen the Commonwealth games medals and discover which Midlands’ city they have been hidden in?

Person completing the Outdoor escape challenge at the National Memorial Arboretum

Operation Medal

Take your friends or family on a mission to identify the crook who has stolen the Commonwealth games medals. A two-hour family-friendly mission recommended for visitors age 8+.

Person completing Operation Games at the Cyprus Emergency Memorial

Operation Games

Solve the cryptic puzzles and discover which Midlands’ city the stolen Commonwealth Games medals have been hidden in. A challenging two-to-three hour puzzle that will test the skills of even the most ardent escape room enthusiast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book to do an Escape Challenge before I arrive?

No, you don't need to book our Escape Challenges before you arrive at the Arboretum. Escape Challenge packs can be purchased from the Welcome Desk upon arrival.


We do recommend that you book your visit in advance, and further information about how to do this can be found on our book tickets page

Can I bring my dog with me to complete the challenges?
We are pleased to welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners during the daytime at the Arboretum.


You are welcome to take your dog with you on the escape challenge, however please ensure your dog is kept on a short lead at all times, clear-up promptly after your dog using the dog waste bins provided and manage your dog respectfully throughout your visit, being considerate of other visitors and the Remembrance that the memorials represent. 


Dogs are not allowed in children’s play areas, on the Armed Forces Memorial, the land train or buggies and access to our indoor spaces is limited. For more information on visiting with your dog, please click here.
How many packs will I require?
We recommend that you work together as a group to crack our cases, so you'll need one pack per party.