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Prison Island in Maidstone High Street to open adventure golf course in former Zee Bar

An escape rooms is set to open an adventure golf course.

Prison Island in the former Zee Bar in Maidstone High Street has 23 rooms with Crystal Maze-style tasks and puzzles for punters to complete.

Prison Island bosses are opening an adventure golf course
Prison Island bosses are opening an adventure golf course

Brothers Mike and Chris Knell who run the business are looking to eventually expand their remit to include an adventure golf course with a bar area.

The duo sought a licence to sell alcohol within the bar which players could go to after having completed their game, however, people without game bookings will be able to walk in and use the facility.

Mike Knell explained to councillors during virtual meeting of Maidstone Borough Council's licensing committee on today, how visitors would not be allowed to consume alcohol whilst playing the escape games, but this may be allowed whilst people try their hand at adventure golf.

An objection was received about impact the licence would potentially have on anti-social behaviour and noise pollution.

Zee Bar closed in 2018
Zee Bar closed in 2018

However, Mr Knell explained these issues had been raised by a former employee who they had to let go, and the noise pollution would not be an issue being that the facility is within the walls of a former nightclub and therefore noise would be insulated.

Kent Police agreed licensing conditions with the owners, giving their go-ahead for the sale of alcohol between 11am and 11pm, Monday to Sunday, which was supported by committee members.

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