New Zones: Behind the Scenes look at Crystal Maze Reboot

New Zones: Behind the Scenes look at Crystal Maze Reboot

In the words of Eminem - guess who's back, back again? Crystal Maze that’s who. After the success of the Stand Up to Cancer episode with Stephen Merchant, Crystal Maze reboot will be aired tomorrow on Channel 4 at 9pm. We go behind the scenes and bring you our lowdown on the new Crystal Maze zones, but also bring you some exclusive comments from set designer James Dillon...

6 Unique Things to Do on Father’s Day

6 Unique Things to Do on Father’s Day

Everyone has a different relationship with their Dad. Throw Step-Dad's in the mix and sending a ‘World’s Best Daddy’ card doesn’t always feel natural, especially if you haven’t even spoken for a while. Whether you are really close with your Dad and up for rekindling childhood memories with some silliness or looking for a distraction to break the ice on the distance in your relationship; we have a list of unique things to do on Father’s Day, so you can create some real memories together.

5 alternative date ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

5 alternative date ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

Whatever your views are on Valentine’s Day it doesn’t have to be predictable. Instead of following the crowd with the same old cliches, you can make a stand against a corporate agenda and still keep your partner happy by doing something totally different.

Whether you are reluctantly searching for date ideas for Valentine’s Day that don’t suck or on a mission to impress a new love; we have some unique date ideas that will light or reignite that fire. Single? All of these ideas are not exclusive to couples, get a group of friends together and jump on in.

5 reasons people love to play escape games

5 reasons people love to play escape games

There is something wonderfully addictive about escape rooms. Like that first nibble on a Pringle, once you pop your escape room cherry, you just can’t stop. The escape game craze is at an all time high with a number of celebs joining the bandwagon including Obama, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Kristen Bell to name a few. Couple that with the confirmed revival of Crystal Maze on Channel 4 and the evidence is clear; people just love escape rooms. 

But, why do we love them? We decided to take a cheeky dive into escape room psychology and explore just that.

Friday the 13th: Real life ghost stories

Friday the 13th: Real life ghost stories

If creaky old furniture and the corpse of Lady Chastity wasn’t eerie enough, all of our escape rooms are hidden in the depths of historical pubs, rumoured to be haunted.  

Whether you’re a true believer in Friday the 13th and hiding out at home in bubble wrap, or think it’s a load of bollocks and running with scissors to prove a point; we have some ghostly tales and real-life experiences for you from those who have stayed up too late in the lair of Chastity.

5 alternative Christmas films: Escape the festive madness

5 alternative Christmas films: Escape the festive madness

If classic Christmas films like A Christmas Carol don’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, then maybe (like us) you prefer to revel in the darker corners of the Christmas movie landscape. Before you settle into your TV binge, we have come up with an alternative Christmas movie list that won’t make you want to vom glitter.

Festive cocktails: Gabriel’s elixirs & vials of grog

Festive cocktails: Gabriel’s elixirs & vials of grog

For those not in the know, Gabriel is our illustrious escape room host. After seeing many buckle to the wrath of Lady Chastity; all the screams have definitely contributed to a rather strange and unpredictable nature. Anxious to please and often found clutching a pocket watch encouraging players to 'hurry'. Now, our host may be obsessed with the aphrodisiac properties of Lady Chastity’s Reserve, but Gabriel also has a penchant for mixing heady concoctions - especially during the festive season. Here’s the Handmade Mysteries host with some potent recipes…

Creative Christmas gifts: Get them some new memories

Creative Christmas gifts: Get them some new memories

The festive season is upon us and, thankfully, Black Friday is now a distant memory. If you are still stuck for original christmas gift ideas that won’t make your loved ones yawn, then we have some top experience gift ideas for you. If you buy them an experience, not only will they smile at Christmas - they'll enjoy an entirely new experience, and it will all be down to YOU.

Black Mirror Playtest: How immersive are you willing to be?

Black Mirror Playtest:      How immersive are you willing to be?

The capabilities of technology continue to blow our minds as we become more reliant on it, wading aimlessly through a sea of screens. The latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker’s futuristic predictions are becoming less difficult to imagine. Episode 2 Playtest in particular got us thinking. If you haven’t managed to catch it on Netflix yet, then the general gist is that we will be able to experience immersive gaming via brain implant technology and experience days in seconds.

Shake things up a bit with these silly date night ideas

Shake things up a bit with these silly date night ideas

Is a cheeky Nando’s just not cutting it anymore? Losing your way in a ongoing sea of Netflix and chill? Or tired of arguing about whether you should watch a rom com or the latest Marvel film at the cinema? Whether you are planning a first date, a Tinder fling or just looking to shake things up a bit with the old ball and chain, here are a few silly date night ideas in London or Brighton that might tickle your pickle.

Experience vs stuff: are you part of the Experience Economy?

Experience vs stuff: are you part of the Experience Economy?

In ye old days we all loved a bit of stuff; in fact the accumulation of things led to a living room so packed with the kind of fayre you would find at a village car boot sale, there wasn’t much room left for living. Escapism and experience is what we are all about, so we decided to take a closer look at the rise of an experiential movement; where more of us are caring less about stuff and more about human connection and experience.

Escape gamers are buzzing: Crystal Maze is back!

Escape gamers are buzzing: Crystal Maze is back!

If the escape game buzz wasn’t already busting at the seams then Channel 4 are about to blow this shizzle wide open. After 21 years off air… Crystal Maze is back! While only a one-off revival is confirmed for Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer night in October, rumour is that if ratings are high enough it will be returning for a brand new series. 

Laughter benefits: why we all need to get silly

Laughter benefits: why we all need to get silly

The very thing that inspired us to create our games was to make something that allowed people to escape technology, come together and just get silly.  If you are having trouble justifying your urge to get silly, then don’t just take our word for it. There are reams of experts who attest to the health benefits of laughter and importance of play for adults.