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Lakeside Essex

Hello Lakeside! Electric Playbox are excited to have opened our doors at Lakeside on 22 October.  We’re the perfect experience for social bubbles and we’ve had great feedback from customers in London and Manchester about how safe they felt playing.  You can find out all about the measures we have in place to ensure we are fully Covid-secure here.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Lakeside – see you soon!

Covid-19 Update: 2 November 2020

Temporary Closure of Lakeside Venue

As a result of lockdown restrictions being brought into place in the UK, we will close our Lakeside venue from 5 November – 2 December 2020 inclusive. We aim to reopen on 3 December for some post-lockdown, pre-Christmas fun! Watch this space.

Choose Your Adventure

Social Challenge

Social Challenges are made for whole groups to enjoy, whether you're mining for martian minerals, saving the Queen's corgis or being graded by aliens! Work together to complete adventures - nothing like a bit of teamwork eh?

Arcade Battle

Our Arcade Battles are quick fire 30 minute throwbacks, channelling all the very best arcade games. Need to determine the office team member with the ultimate skills, or which friend has the quickest reflexes... HERE is your chance to go head to head and battle it out once and for all. Come back again and again to enhance your skills and upgrade your score.

Arcade Battle

Temple of Coins

Test your dexterity, speed and vigilance as you dodge ghosts, pick up power ups and collect coins.

Social Challenge

Alien Aptitude Test: London '84

The year is 1984 and aliens have invaded. Prove you’re worth sparing by showing your value to their new society.

Social Challenge

Ticket to Mars

Give humanity a fresh start by gathering the right minerals to start a colony on Mars!

Social Challenge

Alien Aptitude Test: New York '87

Aliens have now set their sights on late-80's New York. Does your team have the brains to impress them?

Social Challenge

Rescue The Royals

The Queen has been taken captive in one big game show. Can your team rescue her?


Priced for your whole group to enjoy!

We’re here! We offer peak and off-peak rates with peak after 5 on a Thursday and Friday and after midday on a Saturday and Sunday – otherwise you can take advantage of some stellar off-peak pricing. Take a look at the table below for a full breakdown and please note that the rates shown are for our 60 minute Adventures. For a cheeky 30 minute taster, why not book our Arcade Battle, Temple of Coins at a great introductory price of just £10 per person.


Please note: a child is classed as 15 years old or younger. For those aged 16 or above, an Adult ticket should be purchased.



£19 - £24

Per Person



£9 - £14

Per Child

View Pricing Schedule

Adult Child
Mon & Tue & Wed Open — Close £19 £9
Thu & Fri Open — 5pm £19 £9
Thu & Fri 5pm — Close £24 £14
Sat & Sun Open — 12pm £19 £9
Sat & Sun 12pm — Close £24 £14

intu Lakeside, The Quay (Unit 606),
Thurrock, Essex, RM20 2ZP

Find us at The Quay just across from the Vue Cinema.

Opening Times

  • Mon: 10am — 9pm
  • Tue: 10am — 9pm
  • Wed: 10am — 9pm
  • Thu: 10am — 9pm
  • Fri: 10am — 9pm
  • Sat: 10am — 9pm
  • Sun: 10am — 9pm
    "A lot of fun...and a very covid-safe environment."


    September 2020
    "A brilliant activity...and good social distancing measures in place."


    August 2020
    "An absolute MUST visit...[with] Covid rules adhered to really well."


    October 2020
    "A brilliant bubble experience! Another great visit that felt safe."


    October 2020
    "It's the most fun you can have in Covid safely!! Great 80's tunes. Bit of workout too. Good for all ages - good to do something different & fun!! We'll be back!!"


    October 2020


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Social Screen Time For Groups of All Sizes

Parties · School Outings · Team Bonding

Each Playbox accommodates up to 6 people; larger groups just book multiple Playboxes. Book up to 24 people at a time online. For groups of 25+, see large group reservations.

Hanging out before or after your Playbox Experience? Contact us and we'll connect you with local options for food and drinks.

Large Group Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there parking available at Electric Playbox?

Our Lakeside venue is housed within the Intu Lakeside centre and as such there is ample free parking available.

Can you travel by rail or bus to the venue?

Yes, there is a railway station attached to the centre which is called Chafford Hundred. There is also a bus station with buses available to and from the local area. Please visit your preferred transport site to check times and stations.

What should I do if I'm running late for my booking?

While we can't promise that we'll be able to fit you in, the best thing to do is turn up as close to your booking time as possible (remember, your arrival time is 10 minutes before the session is due to start) and our team will do everything they can to get you into a Playbox but please note that this may include playing a shorter game. If you are booked for the last session of the day and you are more than 15 minutes late, however, there won't be anything we can do to accommodate a session. Drop us an email to [email protected]m noting the venue and time of your booking if this is the case and we'll see what options are available for you to come back in.

What is the age suitability?

We recommend that the experience is for ages 8+.  Children of 11 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult (18+) although those aged 12 - 17 may play unaccompanied. There must be at least one adult per Playbox with younger children. Younger children are welcome to attend without a ticket, this is not to play but to join your family group although please note that the overall number per Playbox (including any younger children not playing) cannot exceed 6. The lighting can be darker whilst playing the Adventures, please be aware of them in there with you!

How does pricing work?

We have peak and off peak pricing, so the amount will change depending on when you want to visit us! You'll be able to see prices when you're booking your tickets.

What should I wear?

Please wear sensible footwear; flat shoes or trainers. No open toes or heels. We advise one layer, you may get warm.

Are there any physical requirements?

You will be moving around your Playbox as the controller of the game, however our games aren’t too physical and all contained in one pod. Electric Playbox Adventures all contain digital projections which are a source of flickering light. Due to the use of projectors, the interior of this installation is dimly lit. Please use our contact form if you have any questions.

Can I bring my phone with me?

We aren’t going to take your phone from you- remember to tag us when you post! Get ready for some great photo opps in our Playboxes!

Can I store my stuff?

We have lockers for small bags and coats, however we do not accept suitcases, large backpacks or bikes inside our unit. Please seek alternative arrangements for storing such items. 

Will I be put with other groups?

You won’t be put in with another group if you don’t want to. We are on a mission to bring people together, so if you want to join with other groups, we’re happy to accommodate if there is room! Please note that bookings including kids require at least one adult per Playbox.

If I have a disability or access requirements can I still take part in the games?

Most disabilities and access requirements can be accommodated but we want to make sure the games are safe for everyone, so if you’re not sure, get in touch before booking and we can help you figure it out. Electric Playbox Adventures contain digital projections that are a source of flickering light. Due to the use of projectors, the interior of this installation is dimly lit. Please visit our contact us page to get in touch if you have any questions.

Do you have discounted carer tickets?

We offer one free carer ticket per Playbox. These are issued on a trust based system, please get in touch with us via our contact us page if you feel you're entitled to this.

My child is under 8, can they play?

We have done a lot of testing and found that, although children under 8 years enjoy the lights and music, the adventures themselves can be too challenging to engage with properly. This is only guidance and you are welcome to bring your child to play if you think they would enjoy it. Please remember that the technology on the visors is expensive, and will be damaged if it falls off!

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