There is a new attraction that is taking the UK by storm. Escape rooms only started appearing a few years ago, but there are now hundreds of them right across the UK. And they are quickly becoming a popular pastime for families and groups of friends up and down the country.
Just How Big Are Escape Rooms?
According to the latest stats, there are now nearly 1,500 escape rooms in the UK. This is a massive increase from just a handful as recently as 2014. After the first escape rooms started appearing and became an instant hit, more sprung up all over the UK. Now you can find one nearby wherever you live, with a huge selection of rooms, themes and challenges to experience.
Why Are They So Popular?
Escape rooms are popular for many reasons. First of all, and most importantly, they are great fun. Anyone who has played in an escape room will tell you that.
There is something unique about finding yourself in the middle of an adventure that is completely different from normal life. You will instantly find yourself transported to another time and place – or even world. The props, decorations and effects will have you believing that you really are part of the story.
It’s good physical fun too. With no screens or computer graphics in sight, escape rooms use classic puzzles, codes and games to get you involved. There is something very liberating about good old-fashioned fun with no need for mobile phones or apps, and it’s a great way to get away from the screen for a while.
It’s also a great way to bond with a team and share fun memories. That could mean for your family, friends, a group on a stag or hen night, or even your work colleagues on a team-building day.
Finally, escape rooms provide great value for money. They are often not expensive, and you get a whole hour (or more) of fun. They are a great way to spend your time.
And because they are indoors, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, so you can enjoy an escape room all year round.
How to Choose an Escape Room
With so many escape rooms to choose from in the UK, how should you find the right one for you and your group? The first and most obvious consideration is the location. It usually makes sense to choose one close to where you live or work.
But there are other things to look out for. How large can the teams be? Most escape rooms cater for teams of between two and seven people. But if you have a larger group, you may need to look further, and some escape rooms can cater for very large groups.
The rooms themselves are an important consideration. When you start looking at different escape rooms, you will see that the quality on offer differs greatly. While some have clearly not had much work put into them, others provide an immersive experience complete with props, music, decorations and effects.
Finally, read up on some reviews before you choose your escape room. You will get a good idea about what to expect by reading the reviews of previous visitors, so choose one that is top rated.
What Are You Waiting For?
With so much fun to be had, there is no time to wait. If you are looking for your next fun group day out for your friends, family or workmates, make sure an escape room is on the list. Your group will thank you for coming up with such a fun and memorable way to spend an afternoon.