X-Scream is the Place to be for Halloween!

Tonight we headed to the stunning Rhondda Heritage Park to experience X-Scream, a horror experience like no other, set in the abandoned mines. If you know me, you’ll know I love zombies, but the thought of being confronted with them, well that’s another story!
Tickets are priced between £14.99-£19.99 depending on when you attend and you are given a 30 minute time slot to give you chance to get yourself (mentally!) prepared and to allow them to space out the groups over the half hour slot. It’s also aimed at 16 years plus, so if you’re looking for a family friendly event check out Spooktacular.
We arrived full of a mixture of apprehension, excitement and terror! The darkness was setting in and the vibe at the Heritage Park was suitably spooky. I was probably the most nervous, Warren was mega excited and our pals were pretty curious. The four of us handed over our tickets and we were provided with glow-stick necklaces in orange (each group is given a different colour) and then we were sent off to the bar.
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The atmosphere of the whole place was amazing, warning tape, cobwebs and plenty of grey-face people with nose-bleeds. The staff were amazing, friendly and hilarious at times. We felt extremely welcomed and you could tell everyone there loved being a part of it.
On the way we were offered a little tipple for £1 and photographs for £4. it would be rude not to, right?! Besides, I needed something to steady my nerves! We then headed into the bar but I refrained from having a drink (apparently a few people had pee’d during the event!) and we waited for our ‘orange’ group to be called.
It wasn’t long before we were called through and even without knowing what was going on, my heart was pounding in my chest. I tried to hold Warren’s hand but when the army get you, well you’re on your own!
With guns, surgical masks, soldiers and shouting we faced our fears and headed into the danger zone. It was extremely authentic (not that I’ve lived through a zombie apocalypse!) and since the novel I’m writing is based on a similar theme, I went into it with ‘research’ in mind, but to be honest, once you’re in there you don’t think of much apart from how the hell you’re going to get out of there!
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Around every corner there’s a surprise, with the ambience veering from smoky and silent to flashing lights and screeching, you really can’t predict what’s to come.
We were marched about, chased, grabbed… people howled, screamed and I admit a little bit of pee escaped at one point (2 kids have a certain impact…), but it was totally worth it!
We came out screaming, sweaty and most of all, exhilarated. We made it and it felt so good (even if I did use Warren as a human shield most of the time!), then we finished with a drink –  it was the perfect way to celebrate All Hallows Eve.
My top tips for attending would be:
-Wear sensible footwear
-Don’t wear heavy clothing, you’ll work up a sweat
-Leave any caps at home, they might blow off!
– Don’t drink, you won’t be allowed in drunk and it will totally ruin the experience. Enjoy a tipple afterwards…
– Take a deep breath, they’re all (fantastic) actors, so enjoy it!
– Have fun!!!!
This was an awesome experience, it totally exceeded any expectations I had, and even though I’m quite a jumpy person I did want more when it was over!
So, choose wisely when you decide to celebrate Halloween. Book your tickets fast because the event is only running until 31st October, so hurry and book now before it’s too late!
 
Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
 

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2 Comments

  1. Nia
    22nd October 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Did it the first night & I completely agree with your review! Brilliant actors, amazing set up, an excellent scare fest! Will definitely go next year!!

    • 23rd October 2016 / 10:22 pm

      It was amazing! Agree, the acting was awesome! Roll on next year! x

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