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Zombie Shopping Mall

Fight zombies in an abandoned shopping mall - it's the ultimate zombie experience day!
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  • Jump into a 250,000 sqft abandoned shopping precinct
  • 2+ Hours of Immersive theatre, gore and action
  • Movie quality special effects & exclusive weaponry!
  • Voted “Best UK Zombie Experience” at the 2016 ScareCon Awards!

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Zombie Shopping Mall

Prepare yourself for the three most horrifying words in the English language: Reading shopping centre.

Bone chilling stuff, I think you’ll agree. We've prepared a bespoke, abandoned shopping centre in Reading, sprinkled to the gills with maniacal ZOMBIES lusting for your tender brains.

We know you want to combat them until they cannot be combated anymore. And now you have the chance.

"A bloody great day out."The Sun

What happens on the day?

In this spectacular ‘full immersion’ experience and winner of ScareCon’s 2016 “UK Best Zombie Experience” you’ll be placed at the heart of the virus outbreak at the world renounced Centesis pharmaceutical facility in Reading, Berkshire. You’ll first be briefed and armed by the Police Special Zombie Bashing Unit. They’ll fill you in on the full, unfolding, undead apocalypse that is going down in Reading town. An apocalypse that, for once, you didn’t cause, but will have to try and fix.

Then you’ll hit the spooky, deserted shopping mall, but you won’t be shopping for that lovely little Pashmina you saw in Littlewoods.

This experience is set in a previously iconic 250,000 sqft abandoned shopping precinct across 6 levels, full of character and just like a set piece from The Walking Dead. However not all is as it appears as behind certain doors The Centesis Pharmaceutical have commandeered the location for their revolutionary biological experiments.

As soon as you enter through the doors you must keep your wits about you! You’ll need to read between the lines as you interact with the Centesis senior medical staff before the facility enters a shocking lockdown procedure! Then it’s down to you and your team to arm up with what you can, take down Centesis and save the world from the apocalypse!

Since January 2016, when this experience delivered a completely revised storyline with truly shocking twists, incredible action and immersive theatre, it's had consistent 5* reviews on Facebook, over 70 MILLION views across the world through channels such as the LADbible and YouTube and continues to go that extra mile with its attention to detail, quality and special effects.

With new elements consistently being added such as props by Oscar winning Special Makeup Effects company Collier Creatures (WWZ, Pride & Prejudice with Zombies), this experience is as adrenaline fuelled as you can get!

You will be armed with a firearm that looks, feels and fires as close to a real firearm as you can legally get without the need for eye protection. This is the first experience of its kind that allows head shots. Not paintball, laser tag or airsoft but something completely unique. You will literally feel the blast when you pull the trigger as you place that perfectly aimed headshot onto an attacking Zombie!

It’s 2.0 hours of adrenaline fuelled action reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster! You and your hardy group of zombie survivalists will need to track the walkers up and down the mean escalators, exploring new sets pieces such as an armoury, morgue and laboratories.

It’s like your favourite Zombie movie come to life! Remember that hilarious undead rom-com ‘I Eat On Your Face’? How many times have you watched that? Too many. And now, you won’t just be lying on your filthy futon watching it, you’ll be acting it out with a gaggle of like-minded lunatics. You and your hardy group of zombie annihilators tracking the living dead up and down the mean escalators of this mall of doom.

If, like me, you hate things that shuffle (old people, zombies, card sharks) then don’t miss out on this incredible full immersion zombie battering experience at The Mall, Reading.

"An afternoon shooting the undead - and I feel so alive." The Telegraph


Where is the Zombie Shopping Mall and how do I get there?
It's in Reading, Berkshire, 25 minutes or so by train from London Paddington station. You can also drive there - the postcode for your GPS is RG1 1NR. If you're flying in especially (you'd be surprised), then the nearest airport is Heathrow.

How long will Zombie Shopping Mall be available for?
In short: we don't know yet. The venue - a disused shopping centre in Reading - is due for demolition. We'll be taking bookings in 2016 for as long as we are able to, but may have to withdraw this experience from sale at short notice. Please book ASAP to avoid disappointment - when it's gone it's gone!

To book a specific date, order your ticket now & you'll receive a unique activation code. This lets you choose the date you want to take part. If you can't find the date you want, contact us as we may be able to arrange a custom event. (And if you can't get the date that works, contact us within 30 days of booking for a full and prompt refund.)

How many people can take part?
You can book for any number of people you like: from just one person through to a group of 20. On the day, there will be up to 20 people taking part.

Do you take group bookings?
Some things are more fun in groups. We think Zombie Shopping Mall is one of them.

You can book up to 20 people - just update the 'How Many?' field up top next to "Add to Basket". Alternatively, email us and we'll help you get booked in

Unfortunately we already offer the lowest possible price for the Zombie Shopping Mall, so we're unable to offer discounts.

When does it run?
This experience runs all year round on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

What time does it start and finish?
The Zombie Shopping Mall runs at 6:30pm and 9.30pm on Friday evenings and 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturdays.

What if I'm late?
Please don't be late! The event starts promptly, so you're advised to arrive 15-30 minutes before your session starts. If you're late, you may not be able to take part - this is for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Are there any extra costs on the day?
No, none at all. Everything you need to battle zombies is included. Any extras (like video recordings) are completely optional, and won't affect your odds of surviving the zombie apocalypse.

What weapons will we use and what happens?
You will be armed with a firearm that looks, feels and fires as close to a real firearm as you can get. The experience will not just about shooting zombies though - ammunition will be limited with only a few opportunities to refuel As a survivor you will speed, steady nerves and smart thinking if you’re to make it out alive!

What should I wear?
Please bring suitable clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty. The Mall isn't heated, so you may need warm clothing (though you'll be running around a little).

Am I allowed to bring my own weapons?
No, you will be provided with all the necessary zombie-fighting weapons on the day.

Are we permitted to carry cameras during the event?
Cameras aren't allowed during the event itself, but you'll be able to take photos at the end.

Do I need to be fit? Will I get hurt?
This event is physical in nature and therefore requires that participants all have a reasonable level of fitness. Any underlying medical conditions must be discussed with the organisers when booking. This experience involves live action horror and gore and as is therefore not suitable for anyone of a nervous disposition. Consider a nice spa day instead.

The zombies may jump on you, murmur ‘brains’ and hold you down, but not in a manner whereby you will get hurt. There is no fighting or violence. Not on our watch.

How many zombies are you up against during the experience?
There are lots of zombie. Loads of them, possibly. Definitely more than you can handle if you don’t work with your fellow survivors!

Will I die if the zombies get me and if so, will I then be out of the game?
No, there are a number of ways to deal with a situation where you get cornered by the zombies. This is not a 'game' as such, so your team mates will have a chance to rescue you. This does not mean to say that it is a pleasant experience if you do get taken down though!

Is it suitable for children?
The minimum age to take part is 16 years old.

Is there somewhere to get food & drink?
Water will be provided but you're advised to bring your own snacks.

Is there somewhere my husband/wife/children/dog can watch?
There's no viewing gallery in the Mall, sadly, but there are plenty of hostelries and shops to entertain anybody opting out of the apocalypse.

Still got a question? Contact us

Be sure to checkout our other zombie experiences plus our new Riot Training experience!

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5 out of 5

Brilliant Stag Experience

Would just like to say how brilliant an experience we all had at the zombie shopping mall. It was a perfect event for a stag do and one I would definitely recommend to put on your "bucket list". A great day with a great team of staff!

Review by Paul

5 out of 5


Attended the Reading Zombie Experience on 29th March. It was the most amazing and scariest thing EVER. The staff were great and the whole thing was very well organised. I would encourage everyone that watches Zombies on tv to try this.

Review by Alison Thomson

5 out of 5

I had high expectations and was not disappointed!

I had pretty high expectations of this before going and I was not disappointed! Right from walking through the doors I knew this was going to be a full on experience. The first half of the experience consists of been given the back story and learning how to use our weapons we were then led through the experience by some of the actors who never broke out of character. Whilst I would pride myself on not been easily been scared I definitely had a raised heart rate!

The venue is fantastic and you are literally given free rein to run around a empty shopping centre shooting zombies!

I plan to definitely go again or do another of their events.

Review by Keith Saunders

5 out of 5

One of the coolest things I've done!

One of the coolest things I've done. My 2 sons and I had a scary/exhilarating/awesome few hours in a setting that was just surreal. Excellent setting, very well acted and superb entertainment. Zombies were great, keeping in character throughout the evening. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Review by Keith

5 out of 5

Can I go again!

Really excited about this as big fan of zombie movies and games, never knew what to expect but was absolutely awesome. Dragged my boyfriend along who hates stuff like this and even he enjoyed himself. Have already booked my second one :-) very well organized and ran, just wish it lasted all day :-)

Review by Victoria Fielding
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Average score of 4.9 out of 5 Total review votes: 10 Total number of reviews: 10
Terms & Conditions

Your voucher is valid for 6 months for one person.

All dates are subject to availability. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

The minimum age is 16 years. Because the event is physical in nature it will require a reasonable degree of basic fitness. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear - it may get dirty! Any underlying medical conditions must be discussed with organisers when booking.

This experience involves live action horror and gore and as such is not suitable for anyone of a nervous disposition, members of the living dead or their sympathizers.

No alcohol must be consumed before or whilst the event takes place! If you arrive under the influence of alcohol you will not be allowed to take part in the event and no refund will be issued.