ACTIVITIES
Chess Boxing
The rules of chess and boxing have been combined to make one of the most bizarre hybrid sports on the planet today.
 
The sport consists of alternating rounds of chess and boxing and can be won either by knockout or checkmate.
 
Chess Boxing was believed to have originated from the Netherlands, but is now becoming more and more popular in Germany, Great Britain, India and Russia.
 
more information can be found at:
www.worldchessboxing.com
Soviet Era Survival Drama
Just outside of Vilnius, Lithuania, there is now an option to relive the tyranny and horror of Soviet rule during the cold war. 
 
Paying guests are greeted outside a genuine ex-soviet bunker where they are led by actors with ex-police trained Alsations.
 
Whilst in the bunker all mobile phones must be handed over and a waiver must be signed declaring that guests are 'okay with physical and/or psychological punishments'.
 
During the intense experience, guests are made to wear gas masks and forced to sing the Soviet national anthem, before being subjected to KGB interrogation.
 
The official (yet slightly secretive) site of the experience can be found at:
2.8 hours later
2.8 hours later is an interactive zombie action game that travels around England, Scotland and Wales.
 
The event organisers contact the owners of various old buildings within a chosen city and set up creepy situations for players to escape from using actors dressed as zombies.
 
Players are given a map with a start point and an end point and have to navigate themselves to various checkpoints along the way.  Even the roads in beween check points are not safe zombie attacks.
 
The game takes place at night and often ends in a zombie themed party at the finish point.
 
To check where 2.8 hours later is next visitng go to:
 
 
Gruselkabinett
Gruselkabinett was used as an air raid shelter in Berlin, Germany during World War II.
 
The shelter has been repurposed to provide three very different experiences and is now even available to host birthday parties.
 
The basement has been filled with exhibitions demonstrating how people would have managed in the shelter in the event of an air raid.
 
The first floor offers a creepy exhibition of mannequins demonstrating how amputees limbs would have been removed during this era.
 
Finally, the top floor has been converted into an interactive horror maze, where guests wander a dimly lit creepy room whilst actors jump out at them giving them untold frights.
 
The official site of Gruselkabinett can be found here:
 
Bossaball
Bossaball is a fun adaptation of volleyball that is thought to have originated from Spain. The sports creator is Belgian born Filip Eyckmans whom established the sport in 2004.
 
The sport is played using an inflatable base with an adjustable net attached.  At the centre of the inflatable court, either side of the net, is a trampoline.
 
One player must stay on the trampoline whilst, 2-4 other players bounce on the inflatable base to serve or return the ball. The team rotates until each player has been on the trampoline.
 
The players combine volleyball, football, gymnatics and capoeira (a Brazillian martial art involving dance-like elements) in order to hit the volleyball over the net and score points.
 
The first team to score 25 points, and be 2 points ahead of the opposition wins the game.
 
Bossaball's official site can be found at:
 
Cage of Death
The cage of death is available to experience inside Crocosaurus Cove, a wildlife park in Darwin, Australia.
 
The park offers the only experience of this nature found in the world, using a reinforced perspex cage to plunge guests into a crocodile inhabited tank.

These guests spend 15 minutes in the tank with dive equipment, as the (often 5m long) crocodiles are fed and encouraged to swim around it menacingly.

Although similar cages are used to view sharks in the wild, this is the only crocodile viewing experience of this kind.
 
Information on how to experience the 'cage of death' is available at:
Duck Racing
Duck racing is a novel fundraising practise used today in several countries; mainly the USA, UK and Australia.
 
Money is raised for a specified cause by offering people the opportunity to 'adopt' a duck. This entails paying a small amount of money to have a rubber duck with their name on it entered into the race.
 
Once all of the ducks have been sponsored, they are gathered and dumped into a body of water (often by a JCB digger).
 
The first rubber duck to float past a predetermined finish line is the winner and the person who 'adopted' it wins a prize.
 
Information on how to 'adopt a duck' and get involved can be found at:
Dog Surfing
Dog surfing has started to become very popular in recent years, mainly in the USA with Florida and California both holding annual dog surfing events.
 
Dogs are trained to surf using a variety of boards such as bodyboards, surfboards, skimboards and even windsurfing boards. They can either surf completely alone, or with the aid of their owner riding the same board. 
 
competitive dog surfing is taken very seriously. Dogs are sperated into weight categories and judged on the size of the wave they surf, the length of the surf and their overall confidence on the surfboard. 
 
More information on dog surfing can be found at the official website of California's Huntington beach dog surfing festival:
Unicycle Football
Unicycle Football is the art of playing American football whilst riding a unicycle.
 
The sport is played in San Marcos, Texas where 8 teams of 5 gather every Sunday to take part in a 56 match season.
 
Each match begins with a unicycle joust in place of a coin toss to see which team starts the match in posession of the ball. A “multipurpose-use UFL stick” is used during the jousting and riders must continue to joust even once they have dropped the stick until only one rider is left on their unicycle.
 
Each rider wears a flag around their waist in order to tackle each other safely.  Once the flag has been removed by another player, posession of the ball is lost to the opposing side. This practise is known as 'Flackling'.
 
The official website for the sport can be found at:
Bo Taoshi
Bo Taoshi is a sport played across the whole of Japan.
 
The sport is usually played amongst children in schools during sports day. However, the most renowned Bo Taoshi match is played amongst Cadets of the National Defense Academy of Japan.
 
During this annual match two teams of 150 people assemble in a field and attempt to pull down a pole at the opposing teams end of the field.  The first team to pull down the oppositions pole from 90 degrees perpendicular to the ground, to 30 degrees from the ground, wins.
 
The teams are split into two. One team of 75 people must defend the team's own pole, and 75 others have to attack the opposing team's pole. 
 
Positions given to player's in these roles include; 'Pole attackers', 'Scrum disablers', 'interference' and even 'ninja'.  The ninja's role is to climb to the top of the pole and try to pull it back as vertical as they can.
 
The sport's official facebook page can be found at:
Prison Escape
HMP Shrewsbury is a Prison in Shrewsbury, England that has started running the world's first and only prison escape game.
 
The prison operated as a category B/C all male prison before it's closure in 2013. At the time it was the second most overcrowded prison in the United Kingdom and was known for the execution of 7 inmates between 1900 and 1951.
 
Since the closure of the prison, the doors have been opened to the public for several events and activities. Ghost tours, school visits, tunnel tours and even a 'prison experience' are available to book online as well as the prison escape event.
 
During the escape experience guests are locked in a cell and given a time limit by which they must escape. Participants are competing against the clock as well as each other to escape the prison first.  Actors are used to play prison guards and other prisoners who may give away valuable clues for the price of a bribe.
 
One method of escape is tunnelling out of the vicinity, although once caught their is the threat of; "being ‘thrown in the hole’ or even a death sentence!"
 
Tickets are available from the prison's official website:
www.jailhousetours.com/prison