A new escape rooms experience will open in Lincoln at the end of the month.
The finishing touches are being made to four themed rooms where “adventurers” will be held captive until they have cracked a string of clues and finally reclaimed their freedom.
People will enter the new escape rooms venture ‘Deliverance’, which is owned by former accountant Matthew Dixon, through the “white” door to the left of Hunters Fish & Chip Shop and up a series of winding stairs.
The rooms are being created across three storeys of the building and, although there is still quite a bit of work to do for Matthew and partner Sophie Hales, he is planning to open at the end of October.
Lincoln-based chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co leased the upstairs premises to the entrepreneur, which is located at the junction of the city’s High Street with Clasketgate.
Matthew said: “I first tried an escape room two years ago and enjoyed it so much I was encouraged to visit many others. It’s the best sort of research you can ever do. It’s so much fun!
“Naturally, I also explored the mechanics and cost of setting-up my business and thought ‘this could work,’ then I started seriously planning Deliverance just over a year ago.
“We are creating four different experiences – one involving a bank robbery, another featuring an isolated cabin in a wood, the next a different kind of hideaway and finally a war experience, called Besieged. The latter has been constructed with the help of my friend Craig Clay.”
Deliverance will be open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm and will offer one-hourly sessions for two to six people, so when fully booked there could be 24 players trying to make their escape from the themed rooms.
Matthew added: “I am hoping my escape rooms will attract corporate groups, friends looking for a different kind of celebration, businesses wanting a team-building activity and others.
“In addition, I am hoping that Deliverance will create part-time employment opportunities for students.”
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