Doncaster Fear Factory 2021
Doncaster Fear Factory takes a slightly different approach to scare attractions and in our opinion one that works really well. It all starts with the social media content. Covering a story about fracking and some unwanted effects of such activity. This sets the backdrop to the storyline and the theme for the 3 scare experiences. Each experience follows the theme of destroying Mother Earth with each experience taking you further into the Doncaster Fear Factory world. The mazes can be visited in any order so we started with the furthest from the entrance working our way backwards.
A dark and claustrophobic maze greets you. Taking you underground where you meet the creatures that live there. This maze has great scripted elements, some solid scares and the actors aren’t afraid to get up close and personal and the themeing is great. This all came together to give a nice start to the evening.
The next stop was Eden, more of a walk through than a traditional maze but great all the same. There was a fun element near the beginning where you may just spot a few of the Scare Directory team along with other ‘missing persons’ who submitted their photo. This was a really nice touch.
As we continued further into Eden we had some fun and sometimes humorous interactions with the inhabitants. There weren’t loads of scares in this area but we felt this wasn’t the aim. The area definitely had a more creepy vibe and I feel that worked in its favour offering a little bit of respite before the final maze.
The final maze of our evening and a truly fabulous one to end on. The theming again was great throughout. There was a nice balance between scripted sections and impact scares. The actors really worked with our group well all the way to the final scene which was disorientating to the point we literally got lost. Our group ended up heading in the wrong direction and back through the maze. Due to the excellent batching we didn’t encounter any other guests so we were unsure if intentional or not. Finally we came across an actor who in character got us to where we needed to be. We think a little additional direction from the final actor would have avoided this. The experience of getting lost actually worked quite well even if unintentional.
This was our first visit to any attraction by the Doncaster Fear Factory team. The scares were varied and worked really well. The additional characters roaming the woods added extra intensity and with actors not afraid to get close or possibly grab you the impact of the experience was only heightened.
We’d highly recommend a visit to Doncaster Fear Factory. It’s also close to a few other events so you could possibly make a weekend of it if further away.