Last night we were lucky enough to experience Quest for Oz, and oh my goodness, what a night! Two adults(?) and 2 boys (6 and 4) and we all absolutely loved it.
Quest for Oz is augmented reality mixed with live theatre performances and a stunning backdrop. The premise is the fierce battle between the witches of the East and the West has left the Yellow Brick Road destroyed. It was our job to find new bricks to help the Wizard and rebuild the way to The Emerald City. Yellow bricks can be found throughout the woodland walk. Some are more obvious, while others you can earn (or lose) by playing games with some of the very colourful characters you encounter along the way.
Bricks are collected by scanning them with your phone (download the app in advance) and that’s when the augmented reality kicks in. We saw the scarecrow, tin man and lion appear and all very kindly give us bricks, but unfortunately, we also managed to find a wicked witch who took some away. We also lost a number of bricks playing throw the hoop on the unicorn.
At the end of the journey, your bricks are virtually gobbled up by the last image you scan. The Wizard gets them and you can be happy in the knowledge that you’ve played a part in the reconstruction of the Yellow Brick Road. My boys were delighted that despite losing a few along the way we ended up with 360 bricks.
My youngest was quite mesmerised by many of the wonderful characters we met around the woods, especially the brilliant circus guy who gave him popcorn and the witch who was hoping to add some little toes to the brew in her cauldron. The costumes were amazing, so elaborate and so much time had gone into them. All the actors we loved, and I have to admit I was pretty envious of Glinda the Good Witches outfit, as well as her swinging chair.
The effort put into this month-long event is phenomenal. From the brilliant lighting, monkey children in the trees and sparkling displays to the tiny Munchkin pumpkin houses, huge woven faces and colourful potions behind Doc Wonder, everything was spot on! We were also very lucky to have a rain and wind free night, fingers crossed the weather stays calm enough for the rest of the run.
Quest for Oz is set in the woodland around Drummohr House just outside of Musselburgh and Wallyford. It is on nightly (except Mondays) from 6-8pm until Sunday 28th October. No cars are allowed but there is a free shuttle bus running every 30mins from Wallyford Park & Ride, the journey takes less than 5 minutes. There are toilets on site as well as a little shop selling Oz goodies and refreshments. I can’t recommend this enough, a really top magical adventure for all ages.
Tickets start at £8. Family tickets, early birds and concessions are all available. See all the ticket options here.
Top tips. Make sure you download the app before going, it’s pretty big but you don’t need to be online to use it. I would suggest making sure everyone has their phones with them, the app needs to be kept running the whole time so you’ll need another to be snap happy with and possibly a torch to help light up the bricks as the app can’t always collect them in the dark. You can also take photos via the app but the quality isn’t quite as good so a second camera is definitely recommended. Wrap up warm and make sure your phone is fully charged.