Escape Room Rumours – 17 July 2017


Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

This site is always on the look out for new games or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

A few stories this time round but nothing on the sacle of a few weeks back.

  • East Midlands
    • The Mansfield branch of UK Escape Games opened Molly O’Grady’s Murder Mystery
  • West Midlands
    • Two new games to announce in the region this week – first up, Clue HQ Malvern is the latest in the long list of Clue HQ venues. According to the website they’ll be opening with Bunker 38 and Cell Block C.
    • If you’re looking for a job in the escape room industry then Clue HQ are currently recruiting for a Venue Operations Manager in Birmingham with a salary of £20-27k. Full details on their website.
    • The other arrival is the independent company Room Release. They’re set to launch Disappearing Doctors but it looks like they’ll be sharing premises with Clockwork Escapes to start with – giving you three games to play if you make a pitstop in Wolverhampton.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Another Clue HQ franchise is set to open, this time in Sheffield. The website suggest this will be starting with the same games as their Malvern branch – Bunker 38 and Cell Block C.
  • North West England
    • Those of you with long memories may remember the free game run at the St Helens Library. Well, it looks like the same company is back with a teletext-based escape room over in Wigan. Limited dates so get in quick if you want a ticket.
    • Random report from Preston where escape rooms were specifically mentioned in an Ofsted report. Under the “Overall experiences and progress of children and young people”, the school was rated outstanding (the top possible grading) and while the escape room obviously wasn’t single-handedly responsible for that, it’s an interesting soundbite.
    • Escape Room Centre, the Blackpool company, opened Grimoire in the Attic, their fifth game and first home-developed venture.
    • Breakout Liverpool is expanding with Vacancy and The Detective Office making their debut in the Merseyside venue.
  • London
    • Two big closures were announced this month. First up, AI Escape are closing Leo’s Path at the end of this month while Escape Plan are closing The Adventure Begins towards the end of August. Both games are moving over to make room for new experiences.
    • Another school with an escape room connection but this time making one.
    • Fancy becoming an escape room employee? Look no further – they’re looking for acting hosts in Trapped in a Room’s Zombie game.
    • Pie and Mash Shop, the second game from Do Stuff Escape Games opens this week.
  • Ireland
    • The UK Escape Room community has a thriving enthusiast Facebook group. Well, great news – Ireland had one too now. Head over to Facebook if you want to join and make sure jump in and say hello!
  • East of England
    • The third of the Clue HQ expansions is in Bedford. At the time of writing they’ve only got the Betrayal of Cluetankhamun listed for opening.
  • North East England
    • The Escape Key look set to open this week with their first game entitled “Armageddon”.
  • South East England
    • Exciting Escapes are opening their second site – this time up in Basingstoke. The first game to make its way across is A Hidden Past.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

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