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Mike J
73 contributions
Family
What can I say except.... wow! What an amazing event!

If you are the kind of person who wouldn't even watch a movie like 28 Days Later then, trust me, this is NOT for you. But if like me you love zombie movies then this is an experience not to be missed. The whole thing takes place in a real (disused) shopping mall in Reading which in itself is quite fun (especially if you like similarly mall-based zombie flick Dawn Of The Dead) but for two hours you are subjected to the most realistic experience in abject terror I could possible imagine.

After a brief health & safety chat outside the venue, you're let into the mall and from there everything becomes very real - all the organisers stay in character from start to finish.

It doesn't take long to get going - briefed and armed with pump action shotguns, you are off, into the depths of the mall, which for the most part is lit only by the small light at the end of your gun. Distant growls and screams get closer and closer as you wander through narrow corridors, up stair cases and into rooms, including the floors previously occupied by shops. Up and down dark stairs and inactive escalators, the tension is almost unbearable. And when the zombies come at you.... man alive it is scary - talk about a "brown trouser" moment.

When we were told we had to wander off without our security guards, it became even more scary - we had an objective, we had a vague understanding of the layout of the mall, but we were on our own and quickly lost and disorientated. It didn't help that factions of our group got wandered off so we were rapidly reduced in number.

The whole event lasted about two hours but for the most part actually seemed far quicker because it was so much fun.

The zombies themselves are awesome! They look exactly like movie zombies with fantastic makeup. And they literally never, ever break character - at one point I was really close to a female zombie trapped in the old children's play area so I thought it was time for a witty action hero quip of "honey, you really need to cut down on the partying" ..... all this did was enrage her and make her scream at me and try to rip open the cage (actually one of the better reactions I've had to one of my chat up lines, to be fair).

Everything about this evening - from the fabulously atmospheric venue, the brilliant zombies and even the little touches (inside the security room, CCTV footage plays of zombie shoppers wandering the mall - which kind of resembles Lakeside in Essex on a Saturday afternoon, albeit with more blood and more intelligence!), the whole event was just absolutely sensational from beginning to end and worth every penny. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

This is not for the faint hearted - seriously, this is not play acting, it really is as authentic a zombie experience as you are likely to get. But if your idea of fun on a Saturday night is turning the lights out and scaring yourself stupid watching The Walking Dead or whatever, then I cannot recommend this more highly. Simply astounding.
Written May 1, 2016
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BerkshireAH9
Berkshire, UK45 contributions
Couples
If you like Zombies and are a fan of the Walking dead - this is a must!
This is a fun and quite scary experience where you and a team are trying to survive the Zombies in a derelict shopping Mall.
The actors and props are great and it's good value for money.

I was surprised at how many couples were on this event - forget Flowers and Chocolates - test his love and see if he protects you from the zombies or if you have to fight for your own survival!

We're booking to go again before this building is demolished.
Written April 4, 2016
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martinfjlewis
Wokingham, UK411 contributions
Friends
This was the first part of my stag do - and I could not have asked for a better start . The setting was awesome and the staff / actors put so much into it - creating an atmosphere and making sure we all had great fun . Working as a team added a good dimension to it . Would love to do again in the future before they smash the building down !
Written June 11, 2018
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Cigar Smoker UK
Southampton, UK28 contributions
Friends
Ok so I'll be straight I'm giving this a poor review for the service not the experience. I'm also writing now as it seems we won't get a refund or a new date to go.
So this was meant to be a stag weekend. The information provided stated that we should not be under the influence of alcohol. So we had one drink and none of our party was remotely drunk or under the influence. On arrival they asked if we had been drinking. We were honest and said we'd all had one or two pints that afternoon and it was now 9pm. We were told that because we had consumed alcohol we would not be allowed in. When we asked if we could re book we were told to contact the management. A little bit annoyed we tried to persuade them but they said it was invalidating their insurance.
So since then our party has been trying to get a refund or book another date. To say that we have been ignored would be putting it lightly. They do not care that they have had about £900 from us and we have nothing. The wording about drinking on their website is vague and non specific.
So to sum up, I'm sure this is a great experience if you get past the front door. However if you have had a drink you will not get in.
Piss poor customer relations from this company. I'll be making sure I tell everyone not to use this experience or this company.
Written March 21, 2018
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chico2001
glasgow6 contributions
Couples
Booked and confirmed for 2 people in Glasgow for sep the 28th. Arrived to find the place closed down and locked up. No reply from Facebook, email or phone. Lost £40
Written October 1, 2019
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callingallsunseekers
Southampton, England, United Kingdom62 contributions
Couples
I was petrified before I went to this event as it got brought for me as a Christmas present. I was dreading it and got myself so wound up as I hate anything to do with horror or Zombies... In fact, it's my worst nightmare, however I went along with everything and I had a really great time!!! I was scared but it was fun at the same time and after a while you really get into the whole storyline. I even brought a spare pair of knickers, I thought I would be THAT person. But no need, I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone that likes the whole Zombie/Horror type of genre films because it feels like you're in one, or even to people who want to try down new/conquer a fear :)
Written February 4, 2017
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Nikki N
134 contributions
Friends
We visited this place a couple of years back with friends. I highly
Recommend this place. We had a fantastic day went above and beyond what we had expected & would definitely be up for doing it again.
Written April 21, 2018
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Andrew G
Greenhithe, UK84 contributions
Friends
My son in law and I were brought this as a Xmas gift and it was truly an amazing , scary time. We didn’t know what to expect but we weren’t disappointed . There were times I just wanted a zombie to get me so I could leave the game as all the running made me exhausted ..57 years young! Lol. But I completed the course and found out I was never in danger of being caught!
Thank you for my great experience
Written March 2, 2018
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LaGrigg
Plymouth, UK29 contributions
Couples
Just attended their last ever Zombie Mall event with Zed events. This is the fourth event of theirs that I’ve done, the mall twice before and the Asylum near Manchester which is sadly now closed.
Zed Events are bringing out a new event soon however - what that will be like I can not say but I can review the company, and each event I’ve done with them has been first class. They provide an interactive adrenaline fuelled experience the like of which you will not find elsewhere. It combines the real life problem solving skills of an Escape Room with the action and excitement of a computer game and the thrill, fear and scares of a horror film. The end result is something visceral and sublime. But it’s not for the faint hearted.
The team play their roles well, engaging fully with the storyline whilst still ensuring your safety and making sure that you have a great time. Entering their world, it all starts to become believable and the fear starts to feel real, and the joy of surviving even more so. This experience is something that you really should do at least once in your life if you’ve ever played a computer game and wished that you could step inside the game.
A brilliant and imaginative company who provide an experience you will never forget!
Written February 26, 2018
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BerkshireAH9
Berkshire, UK45 contributions
Couples
OK so this was my second visit, I know what to expect and how it's going to work.....
No! I was separated from the safety of my friends and then the zombies attacked.
Every man and woman for themselves is basically how this goes down. .
You end up trying to survive with people you have never met before because your husband (Rick Grimes) has ran off and left you again!
Hopefully booking for the new Christmas story.

Seriously if you like zombies you HAVE TO DO this event.
Written November 22, 2017
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