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An exciting update

Escape Room Coming to Coronation Square

The ongoing regeneration of Coronation Square, in Cheltenham West, is set to get another major boost, when the disused toilet block is converted into a permanent Escape Room, in the Spring. Planning permission to convert the toilets, is being sought by innovative social enterprise Cheltenham Coworking CIC, who already run the popular Create on the Square Tea Bar and coworking space on Coronation Square. Local shoppers will be pleased to note that the plans also include the re-opening of an accessible toilet room for the public.

The toilets in the Edinburgh Place car park, behind the Coronation Square shopping centre were shut down in 2011, at a time when the shopping centre was largely rundown. In more recent years, Coronation Square has seen a healthy restoration of activity, with new shops being opened by the likes of British Heart Foundation, Savers and the Cheltenham Science Centre.

However, the regeneration of the Square’s fortunes still has some way to go:

“In 2016, we opened Create on the Square in a retail unit that had been empty for over 12 years, on a rundown shopping centre, with over half of the 30 units in a similar state, because we believed that the area has a great deal of underused potential. Now, with only 2 units not claimed, it is great to see our conviction was well-founded.

However, the Square was so empty for so long, it is a challenge to draw more local people back there. We are expecting the Escape Room to help increase footfall to the Square and help ensure that the regeneration continues.”

Pete George, Director, Cheltenham Coworking CIC

Escape Rooms are a growing, popular activity, where small teams attempt to escape from a locked room, by solving a series of fun challenges and puzzles, typically in under one hour. Cheltenham Coworking launched Escape Rooms Cheltenham, in 2017, and currently run monthly Escape Room events in hired premises.

The decision to create a permanent escape room venue, was spurred on by the enthusiastic response of escape room fans, with even Gloucester Cathedral requesting an escape room event in their crypt. The conversion of the toilet blocks as a venue was also warmly encouraged by Cheltenham Borough Council.

Plans for the venue are to be up and running by the end of April, but more updates will follow…

Win a free session for you and 3 friends!

It’s competition time!

Because we’re so excited to start this project, we’re giving you the chance to win a session at one of our escape room events for you and 3 of your friends, totally free of charge!

 

This competition is for:

MURDER MYSTERY ON SATURDAY 24TH AND SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

 

If you’d enter the competition for Stop That Thief! in January, please visit our Facebook page for details, or if you’d like to enter for A Day at the Races in March, please click here.

You are welcome to enter all three competitions, however if you are selected as the winner of one competition, you will not be eligible to be selected for either of the others.


All you have to do is solve the riddle below. When you think you know the answer, submit it to admin@escaperoomscheltenham.co.uk, along with your full name.

The submission deadline will be Thursday 14th December, after which a winner will be selected from the successful submissions. The winner, along with the answer, will be announced on Friday 15th December.

 

So here’s the puzzle:

Can you solve the murder?

A man was murdered in his home last Sunday morning. When the police arrived at the scene, they question the wife and all the staff.

  • The wife insists she was still asleep in bed, and awoke to a horrible scream
  • The butler was in the kitchen cooking breakfast for the family
  • The maid was in the hall collecting and sorting the mail
  • The gardener was outside mowing the lawn

The police instantly knew one of them was lying and arrested them straight away. Who did they arrest and why?


 

Please only submit your answers via email and do not comment them below, as we don’t want it ruined for everyone else!

 

Win a free session for you and 3 friends!

It’s competition time!

Because we’re so excited to start this project, we’re giving you the chance to win a session at one of our escape room events for you and 3 of your friends, totally free of charge!

 

This competition is for:

A DAY AT THE RACES ON SATURDAY 24TH AND SUNDAY 25TH MARCH

 

If you’d like enter the competition for Stop That Thief! in January, please visit our Facebook page for details, or if you’d like to enter for Murder Mystery in February, please click here.

You are welcome to enter all three competitions, however if you are selected as the winner of one competition, you will not be eligible to be selected for either of the others.


All you have to do is solve the riddle below. When you think you know the answer, submit it to admin@escaperoomscheltenham.co.uk, along with your full name.

The submission deadline will be Thursday 14th December, after which a winner will be selected from the successful submissions. The winner, along with the answer, will be announced on Friday 15th December.

 

So here’s the puzzle:

Which horse wins?

The racecourse officials have lost some of the information about who won the gold cup. Can you work out the order the horses came in based on the information you’ve got?

  • Flaming Ace came in fourth place
  • Gentleman Jazz and Diamond Dancer never finish next to each other, and Diamond Dancer always beats Gentleman Jazz
  • Caramel Sensation came in two positions lower than Black Magic
  • Autumn Star came before Black magic, but after Egyptian Wind
  • Egyptian Wind has never won a race

 


Please only submit your answers via email and do not comment them below, as we don’t want it ruined for everyone else!

Welcome!

Welcome to Escape Rooms Cheltenham!

We’re so excited to launch this new project, that will see a new escape room theme pop up in Coronation Square for one weekend every month. Escape rooms are becoming ever popular across the world and across the UK but have not yet reached Cheltenham. We hope this project will work well in helping local businesses build their teams, or offer a fun option for birthday parties or days out for families and friends.

 

If you don’t know what escape rooms are, here’s a brief description:

You’ll be thrown into a scenario in which you’ve been locked inside a room. In a group, you’ll be given a series of clues which you must follow to figure out how to escape. The clues can be all kinds of different things, from maths puzzles, to riddles to finding and putting together objects from around the room. Usually, you get 60 minutes to solve the room and get a few helpful hints along the way, from staff who will be monitoring you.

Simple!

 

Now for a little bit of an insight as to why we’re doing this…

Coronation Square has suffered decline over the past few decades and has only just recently began to pick up, however it’s poor reputation has meant that many people choose to avoid the area. We think there’s so much potential in the area, both from local businesses setting up shop here, and from the local people wanting to be a part of a community. Because of this, we want to be part of the regeneration of the area and are really keen to see it thrive. We hope this escape room project will encourage more people to come to Coronation Square, and see that it’s actually a nice place to spend some time.

 

So… if this sounds good to you, why not book one of our rooms?