Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!
Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms 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
- Strictly, it’s South East news but it feels like this is relevant to the whole country: The Panic Room in Gravesend have launched a series of packages to make it easy for enthusiasts to visit their venue. Want to play lots of games (up to eight a day!), avoid doing any real organisation and get a discount in the process? This is your chance! Starting from as little as £15 per person per game, they’ll work out your itinerary, book your lunch and will even sort out milestone or birthday celebrations (and if you’re playing the full fifteen games with four people then chances are you’ll be celebrating a milestone at some point). If you’ve not already been down to Gravesend then this seems like the perfect excuse! Full details on the enthusiast package page of their website.
- South East England
- Speaking of The Panic Room in Gravesend, they’re about to open their fifteenth room – The Happy Institute. That cements them as the company with the most designs in a single town – overtaking Breakout Manchester’s 14.
- Time Trap opened Station X, their third permanent game and the first experience where you’ll be able to play head-to-head. It’s great to see them quickly filling the gap left by the Divide.
- Clever Dilemma are a new company that open Dracula’s Chambers down in Faversham, Kent this week. If you haven’t heard of Faversham then it’s about halfway between Margate and Gravesend, towns that probably will be familiar to most escape enthusiasts!
- Escaper MK, one of the Milton Keynes companies, opened their third game: Haunted House
- The Room is a new venue that’s opened in Maidstone with their first game titled Extraction
- The Skape Rooms have opened their doors halfway between Crawley and Brighton. The first game is called The Ward with Carmilla due to join in early November.
- South West England
- A few weeks after they closed their last game, Salisbury Escape Rooms are back with Cold Case, their fourth experience in three and a half years. Run by ex-detectives, expect the game to be more authentic than most criminal-investigation-based escape rooms!
- Escape Hunt continues its relentless drive to become a significant players in the UK industry with the opening of their Edinburgh branch. Two games to start, Blackbeard’s Treasure and The Fourth Samurai, with a Viking-themed game to follow soon.
- Locked In Escape Room in Glasgow opened Guilty Pleasure
- Breakout Games Inverness opened The Vault
- West Midlands
- Escape rooms continue to do well in local business competitions with Escape Time being nominated for the new business award.
- UK Escape Experience in Redditch opened their second game Space Challenge
- CYBER Q Escape Rooms in Worcester has closed replaced their Crazy Scientist room with a new version: Crazy Scientist II: Project BIOWolf
- East of England
- Bishop’s Stortford Escape Rooms opened An Hour to Kill
- Thinking Outside the Box in Peterborough have opened The Magician’s Apprentice which replaces their recently-closed Merlin game.
- Escape Peterborough opened their eleventh game, Theatre of Screams which takes place in the Priestgate Vaults.
- St Neots Museum opened a sequel to their Jailbreak room subtitled Conscription 1916
- North West England
- Red Herring Escape Rooms
- Escape Yellow Sub is a new game that’s launched in Liverpool. I’m not 100% certain but I’m told that it looks very similar to Blue November, previously a well-received mobile game run by Can You Escape? Unsurprisingly, given the Beatles connection in the theme, the local papers ran an article on the new venture.
- Escape Hunt Manchester has launched with Blackbeard’s Treasure and The Fourth Samurai. That brings the total Escape Hunt rooms across the country to 22, making them the sixth biggest company and surely destined to hit the top five before Christmas.
- Blog posts
- The Disco Messiah
- Lock Us Up
- Completely Clueless
- Escape Goats
- Brit of an Escape Habit
- The Logic Escapes Me
- Unlock & Roll
- Escaping Rooms
- Escape the Review
- Escape Room Artist
That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant 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!