Opening date planned for Spalding's first escape room
Spalding's very first 'Escape Room' looks to be opening by the end of August.
Brett Harman, who is behind Rush Hour Escape Rooms Ltd, is at work setting up the first rooms at the premises above Flowers 'n' Things in Red Lion Street.
South Holland District Council gave the thumbs up to plans to turn former offices in the building into use for the new leisure facility.
And now it's full steam ahead for Brett (30) who has left his role as a teacher at Kirton Middlecott Academy where he has worked for the last six years, to pursue his dream.
It is a joint venture with his partner Hannah Stinson (24), who will remain in her role as a part-time nurse, alongside running the escape room.
Brett, who lives in Spalding with Hannah, said: "We will be opening two immersive themed rooms at the end of August, with the date to be confirmed.
"These rooms will be full of puzzles, riddles, locks and mysteries to get your brain working and your blood pumping. Escape rooms are incredibly fun by working as a team to communicate and crack the codes before the 60 minute timer runs out. Rush Hour Escape Rooms will be introducing a superhero themed room and a zombie apocalypse room.
"This is an unprecedented step for Spalding and it is a truly unique leisure activity for the family. We are also aiming the rooms at businesses so that they have the opportunity to use the rooms for team building or bonding exercises with colleagues. Escape rooms are a big craze at the moment and we are excited to bring this opportunity to the Spalding town centre."
Brett and Hannah are big fans of escape rooms, with Brett saying he estimates he's completed about 13 or 14 himself.
And while running an escape room is a little different from teaching, it gives him the chance to put into practice his degree in drama and love of entertaining.
His entertainment business owner dad, Russell Harman, who has been involved in organising events such as Peterborough's Truckfest, will be helping in the venture too.
Another reason Brett has pursued his dream is because just 3-4 years ago he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
He said: "I went through chemotherapy and have the all clear now but it is probably a reason why I made the decision to do this. You only live once. I have a new state of mind."
And he's invited Spalding Ladies Circle along to be the first to try out the escape rooms.
He said: "I'm a big follower of charity, particularly since I was diagnosed with leukaemia, so we're inviting the group along to raise their profile and we will be giving them a donation to support their work."
Find out more by searching for Rush Hour Escape Rooms on Facebook or going to the website at www.spaldingescaperooms.co.uk