History's Most Daring Escapes

We’re going to take you down memory lane to look at some very exciting escapes of those who dared, hopefully, it’ll give you the motivation to fight your way out of the room (but not literally). We have selected a few because we think you’ll love them, and it’ll hopefully provide you all the confidence you need to give our rooms a go.

1 Escape From an ‘Impregnable’ Prison - John Dillinger

As you can imagine John Dillinger was in prison for killing a police officer and robbing a bank. Although the prison was thought to be impregnable, Dillinger proved it wasn’t and escaped. That’s clever you’re probably thinking, however, he was shot much later outside a theatre in Chicago, so he possibly wasn’t that clever after all. 

2 Midnight Express - Billy Hayes

The midnight express sounds romantic, but don’t confuse it with the Orient. This was an altogether different kind of train, more  like a train of thought that led to a plan that led to an altogether complete disaster. A student was caught drug smuggling in Turkey and given a 4 year sentence followed by another 30 year sentence just prior to his leaving prison. He worked on ship docks as part of his sentence but escaped in a rowing boat - which was handy. He travelled to Istanbul, and then on to Greece before deportation to America. He wrote a book about it - well he would wouldn’t he?

3 Helicopter Escape - Pascal Payet

Yes you guessed it, he was French and escaped not just one, but twice. What is also impressive is that he did from high security prisons. Before you get too impressed, he did it with the aid of 4 masked men and a helicopter. He also helped another 3 people escape too - so he gets brownie points for that.

4 Escape From Alcatraz

It’s Alcatraz next, a prison famous for its impregnability. Alcatraz was on an island and therefore considered impossible to escape from. However, 3 people escaped by digging their way out of their cells and climbing out of an air vent, then on to a roof and from there using a drain pipe to reach the ground. They were never seen again and although some believe they may have drowned, others think they escaped to freedom. 

Escape Colchester - For great escapes from imaginatively themed rooms

So now you’ve been inspired by others escapes it may be time now for some of your own. You’ll work against the clock in a themed escape room of your choice with up to 6 friends. You’ll need to find and solve all the clues, and then once you’ve done that use the key to unlock the door. Book your escape room over the phone or online - be ready for your great escape!

Escape Room Birthday Parties

You have a birthday coming up and you know what this means, another day where you struggle to look surprised when they shout er…‘surprise’ and spring another party on you. You’ve been here so many times, not just for you but for other people too. It’s not very original or surprising anymore either. 

What you want is a whole new way to celebrate your own birthday and your friends and family. You’re looking for something original and unique, something that will transport you to a different world and where you can celebrate without having to look constantly surprised – ‘fake’ surprised. 

Welcome to the Escape Rooms.

Here at Colchester we see all sorts coming in, those who are here to manage corporate teams and look out for particular key skills, students who are getting away from their books and those who are here to celebrate a milestone event in their lives. Of course, they also come here in droves to celebrate birthdays too.

Why are Escape Game birthdays Popular?

Firstly, they’re nowhere near as expensive as hiring a venue and having a full-blown birthday party. There’s no cake, presents or paying for alcohol and food. There’s just the one price for the Games and then it’s a case of inviting everyone to come. 

There are no height or age restrictions, unless of course you’re a child, in which case we advise that you come with an adult. There are very little in the way of height restrictions at our Escape Room Games, it’s for all ages - and all heights! As long as you’re interested in winning and in the game then that’s all you need to bring with you - just a lot of enthusiasm.

Teamwork is important.

You have to work together so there’s no-one left out. Nobody sits in a corner without anyone to talk to, this game is interactive and therefore requires everyone’s input. You are all working together as a team towards a common goal, no room then for who’s speaking to who and any arguments, just playing the game to win.

Something Different.

Escape Rooms offer something different for a birthday birthday. You’ll also find that all the rooms we use are themed escape rooms with ideas taken from popular culture be it a movie, book or game. You’ll love it because the rooms are so convincingly and accurately furnished throughout, allowing you to get lost in your imagination.

Escape Rooms have become popular relatively recently, starting out in Japan, becoming successful then in the United States and now here in the UK. They’re successful for a reason because they’re so much fun. 

Escape Colchester – for making your birthday the best yet.

Nobody wants a boring birthday party and we won’t let it be either. Come on down and enjoy the fun and let your birthday, or your friends, be the best one it’s ever been. Don’t let another year go by with a boring ‘surprise’ birthday party. Book your room online or over the phone and we’ll see you here.

The Ultimate Guide to Beating an Escape Room

If you’re looking to win your first Escape Room Games, then this blog should give you a few tips on how to beat the clock. We can’t say that by reading our post you’ll definitely win, but what it will do is give you a few clues before you get here. So, read on and go through the only guide you’ll ever need on beating those oh so popular Escape Rooms.

Keep clues and puzzles in one central place

Don’t lose them, because if you do you may never see them again and that could lose you the game. There are a lot of different factors to consider, including furniture, pictures, bookshelves, things on the floor, on the wall etc, so it makes sense to allocate one place to put all your clues where they can be worked on together later once you’ve found them.

Familiarise yourself with the room’s layout

You’ll find that most of our Escape Rooms, wherever they are, are designed much the same and will follow the same rules, shape and basic principles. Knowing this will save you time as you navigate your way around with your fellow teammates. Remember, clues won’t be hidden so you’ll never find them, the game is designed so that you will find them all and solve them within 60 minutes, so don’t over analyse it.

Play with people you are familiar with

If you play with people you know there will be less awkwardness and you won’t be faced with the prospect of being with someone you don’t like. Pick people that have similar interests to you and people you know won’t let you down. They could be people you work with on a regular basis, or perhaps close friends.

Keep your team small

You’re supposed to have between two and up to six players in a game. We suggest you choose under six. That way it won’t too crowded, there’ll be room for each person to move around the room and no one bumping into the furniture.

Escape Colchester – for the ultimate game you always want to come out on top with

Now that we’ve given away some of our secrets we know you’ll want to try your hand at it yourself. After all this is the most fun you can have with friends and as a group. It’s interactive, fun and really tests you. Book your room over the phone or online and we’ll see you down here, and if you don’t win first time, you can always come back and try again.

The Benefits of Brain Teasers and Puzzles

Today we’re talking about the benefits of brain teasers and puzzles and how they can help keep your mind sharp. Our Escape games aren’t just fun, they’re also for keeping your grey matter super fit, and your brain on form. Read on to find out why Escape Games Colchester is of benefit to your gorgeous brain!

Keeping Mind and Body Sharp

Brain teasers and puzzles are great for staying active. But this is not just for your body, it’s also great for your cognitive function too. Teasers help keep your mind sharp and provide a relief from the constant daily diet of TV and computer screens. Of course, exercise and a healthy diet are incredibly important too, but taxing your brain with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers can play it’s part too. It’s also a great way of spending some time away from home, with like-minded people, such as your friends and family.

All brain games are good for your mental health and help to keep your mind sharp. It doesn’t always necessarily have to be our Escape Games either, although they’re obviously designed to get your brain working, it could be anything where you have to think hard and work things out, something with a particular level of difficulty. These problems could be solved in a lot of different ways - either individually or as part of a team - it could be using numbers, language or analytical problem-solving.

Active Brain, Active Body - Better Health

By keeping your brain active you could help stave off the impact of depression and low mood, and it’s helpful to combine this with regular exercise too. Escape Games don’t offer up a cure for dementia, but by keeping your brain active, you’re possibly helping to keep it at bay for longer. Rather than by doing repetitive work and sitting doing nothing more than stare at the TV - which requires no interaction from you - you’re fast becoming stale and bored.

Feel the Benefits Of Staying Busy

There can be too much time to overthink and mull over things that haven’t gone well, when you’re sitting not doing much. By remaining active you’re helping to keep yourself occupied and your brain healthy. Change what you do on a regular basis so that your activities don’t become repetitive, swap tasks and you’ll be keeping your brain cells on their toes!

Escape Colchester For the Best Way of Keeping Your Brain Cells Active

So why not come on down to Escape Colchester and take part in a game that really tests your abilities. Find those well-hidden pesky clues, then work them out as a team, unlock them all using that sensational brain of yours and keep that serotonin flowing! Whether you work it all out in under an hour, or not, or fail just before the hour’s up – it’s the taking part that counts. Book your room online or by phone, we can’t wait to see you have the time of your life!

Why are Escape Rooms So Popular?

There are many reasons why escape rooms are so popular with the public and we’d like to share some of them with you today. Many different types come here to take part in our Escape Games because they have so much fun. We believe it’s an experience you’ll want to repeat once you’ve tried it, because we know that most of our players do.

Escape Rooms are popular for a wide variety of reasons because it hits a note with almost everyone – from all walks of life. Corporate teams use it to see what skills they can identify in their team and to identify strengths and weaknesses. It works, because we see a lot of them come here time and again. People also come here to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. We also see a lot of students who come to get away from their studies.

Differently themed rooms with ideas taken from popular culture

The themed rooms are extremely popular and play a big factor in why Escape Games are such a great hit. The themes are based on games, books and movies from popular culture, something that’s hit a note with the general public. The rooms are kitted out in the movie title or book and then the puzzles and clues are secreted within the furniture and props within each room.

Celebrate your event – no matter what it is

It’s a great way of celebrating events as we’ve already discussed, but also for date nights and passing exams or driving tests. So, it doesn’t have to be something traditional, it can be anything you like, whether it’s big or small. You can celebrate any kind of milestone, whatever it is that been hard fought for and you’ve made yourself proud. If it’s important to you then it’s definitely worth celebrating.

Escape Colchester – for games that help you celebrate the best things in life

We hope we’ve helped you understand why Escape Games, Colchester is so popular. We’d love to see you here, so why not book your room online or over the phone and be part of the best game in town!

Escape Room FAQs

Today we’ve got a bunch of our most interesting and most frequently asked questions for you. Then, we’ve put them all together in one post so you can refer to them whenever you feel the need. We like to take care of our Escape Room fans and make sure they have all the information they’ll ever need before they pay us a visit. 

Let’s start with the most pressing question of all:

What are Escape Room Games?

Close your eyes and imagine you’re locked in a room for an hour. The room you’re locked in is decorated and furnished in a particular theme. There is a sense of urgency, this sense of urgency is shared between a group of you, who are also locked in the same room as you. You’re all searching for clues, because this is where the secret to your eventual escape lies. You all find the clues, this is done by searching every corner of the room and by working together, as a team. You find the clues, you work them all out and then – hey presto, the door opens, you’ve found your way to freedom! But it’s not a dream it’s an actual game, that my friends is Escape Room Games. Oh, and by the way, you have an hour in which to do this.

Is there an age limit?

No there isn’t but obviously this is a demanding game so it may not be good for children younger than 10. If you do bring children under 16, if you think they’d enjoy it, then by all means brings them but make sure they’re accompanied by adults and that they do not come alone. 

Can I still come if I suffer with claustrophobia?

Of course! The rooms aren’t anywhere near as small as you’d imagine, this is because they have to accommodate groups of people from 2 to 6 so they’d have to be reasonably big to fit them all in and for them to have enough room to search the entire area. In any case, we will either leave the door to the room unlocked or even leave it open for the duration of your time in the room, if this helps. You can leave whenever you like. 

What’s the maximum amount of people allowed in the room?

So, you can get the most enjoyment out of your time here, we usually suggest at least 2 people (otherwise it would be bit lonely all on your own) or no more than 6. More than that will have you all scrabbling around bumping into each other and things, so try to leave it at 6. 

How much time should I plan to spend here?

You’ll need to think about the time it takes to get here, the hour you’re in the room and also the 30 minutes we usually use to talk to you and brief you on what to expect, plus health and safety and where all the exits are – the usual stuff. So, as well as the time it takes to get there, figure in at least an hour and a half. 

Escape Games Colchester – where your imagination can run riot.

So, there you have it, if you have any other questions you feel haven’t been covered here, why not give us a call? We’re very approachable and we don’t bite, and we’d be more than happy to answer any further questions you have in relation to our Escape Games here at Colchester. Book your room online or over the phone and we’ll see you here soon!

Who Visits Escape Colchester?

You’ll be surprised to know that we see a really wide cross-section of people here at Colchester. This is because the Escape Games phenomenon has been created with everyone in mind and appeals to all kinds of people. If you’ve ever asked yourself what type of people come here to Escape Colchester, then you’ve come to the right place, because in this week’s post we’re going to be talking about exactly that. 


We get a lot of students coming here because they need an escape from their studies, and Escape Games gives them the ideal get away. They can abandon their studies for an hour, leave behind the deadlines and just enjoy some free time with friends. We love having them here and they certainly seem to enjoy themselves.

Corporate teams.

Corporate teams come to Escape Games because they like to test, improve and discover their teams’ skills. By trying out the Escape Rooms, they are able to cherry pick which ones are able to perform well under pressure, and those that aren’t. Any weaknesses can be picked up back at base and appropriately dealt with through the relevant training. Other may have found an opportunity to shine and show their boss how good their problem-solving skills are. If they want to show how good they are at communicating and delegating, then this is the ideal environment in which to do it. 


Lots of people come here in order to celebrate their most important events. It could be a birthday, a hen or stag do, passing their driving test or possibly they’ve got an anniversary to celebrate. Sometimes couples will use the Escape Room as a potential first date. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other and find out whether they’re suited, and it also provides the ideal environment to break the ice and make it easier to talk. This can often be an improvement on the usual awkwardness associated on a dinner date, where two people sit opposite each trying to find something to say to each other!

Escape Colchester is ready to welcome you.

Finally, we get a wide variety of people of all ages and statuses and from all walks of life who just fancy an hour to themselves with their friends to have a great time relaxing and having fun. It might be a lunch break, an hour to spare before a dinner party or an excuse to kill time before catching a train. Escape Games can be fitted in to any evening, afternoon or time in the day when you’re available – and of course if we have a room to spare. The best way to make sure you have your room is available is to book in advance, and you can do this either over the phone or online. Escape Colchester can’t wait to see you, so book your room today!