totb escape rooms
Thinking Outside The Box

Its Saturday evening and I am on a desert island with my sister Jaymee from The Mum Diaries and 2 of my children.

Our only hope is to work together to solve a series of puzzles and games to get out of the room within 60 minutes. Otherwise we will be STRANDED.

Ok, not really but this is the story behind tonights game at the Thinking Outside The Box Escape Rooms. An interactive and immersive experience like nothing else I have ever experienced. Col who is turning 16 today has been asking to have a go for weeks so is a very happy boy.

Upon entry to the building (located near Peterborough market on Cattlemarket road – us cool kids will know the building from its days as the Stamford Music Shop) we were greeted by an exuberant man who introduced himself as James and introduced us to Jason and Richard.

TOTB is their brainchild and you can really see the hours of work which has been poured into every single bit of the rooms.

After a short briefing and the offer of refreshments we were asked to line up and handed a blindfold each to wear on our walk into the room to add to the experience. We did as asked and off we went.

What followed was surprising from start to finish.

I won’t spoil your trip by giving much away but wear a t shirt (when they say immersive, they mean it. The room is warm) and take a couple of kids or at least grown ups who think like kids!

I had admittedly been awoken by Moose at 4:30 this morning so I wasn’t in the best of shape to be tackling anything like this.

Even if I hadn’t though I could not have competed with Col and Bess’s ability to work together to solve the puzzles set for us. It was lovely to see them take a break from plotting one and others demise even for an hour.

I did my bit (by that I mean I mostly held stuff and shouted out the odd helpful contribution) and Jaymee who has always been a very practical sort of a thinker was absolutely on point! I was very happy with my team.

Inside the room was a variety of puzzles and problems to solve. The minimum number of players is 2 but I think its a case of more the merrier really.

Our ever friendly Gamesmaster was on hand to help us if needed with a clue or 5 without giving us the answer of course!

 

I Wish I Could Tell You More

But to do so would be doing you a disservice. If you haven’t tried an escape room yet then you must. Happily we managed to get out of the room eventually but even if we hadn’t it was just so much fun!

The game is suitable for children aged 8 and up making it a good choice for families.

But the escape rooms would also be a great option for a stag or hen party or just as a great way to spend time with friends or work colleagues on a team building exercise.

You can really see the passion which has gone into creating this live action game even down to the smallest of detail. The staff are quick to make you feel very welcome and just add to the whole experience.

A great addition to Peterborough and we cannot wait to come back to try the Merlin themed room!

TOTB are offering 10% off when you quote THINKBOX10 so go try it, you won’t regret it!

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team at totb

 

 

Disclosure: We were invited to try TOTB Escape rooms in return for writing a review. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

We had an easy-ish morning.

As easy as it gets with a 2 year old anyway. Moose and I were bored so we decided to go for a walk around the local shops to kill some time. He always asks to sit in the ride on Noo-Noo outside the shop – luckily he has never seen it in action so as far as he knows it does nothing. I am not going to volunteer any information to the contrary until I absolutely have to and I am pretty sure it’s going to save me around a million pounds?

Back home

It was time for lunch. If you know Moose then you probably know that he SERIOUSLY dislikes vegetables. Of course I understand that small Humans generally lean toward white or beige food but Moose is my 3rd and the first 2 lulled me into a false sense of security. I thought I had it nailed, they would eat ANYTHING. I was naive to say the least.

He likes the following at the moment; ham, pasta, peas, sweetcorn, ketchup, cheese, bread, mashed potato, chips (of course) and eggs. Luckily he loves fruit. That does not help with Veg situation though. 

We are trying to buy less and most importantly waste less food, I remembered that I had some tomatoes in the cupboard. One thing Moose and I both love is PIZZA so I thought I might try and whip up something Pizza-esque. We cut up some bread we had going a bit stale in the larder and Moose spread some Cirio Pizza Sauce on to the slices. Then he added a couple of baby spinach leaves (which mummy had chopped) and then a sprinkle of cheese and a slice of ham – I was also going to cut this up but when I tried to remove it from Moose’ vice like grip he screamed and I thought better of it.

As you can see, Moose was very pleased with his lunchtime adventure. I was very pleased with him eating tomatoes AND spinach! HE ATE TOMATOES!! Not out of a ketchup bottle! 

It was also really nice to get him in the kitchen and helping. He loved cooking and we had a really fun time putting it all together – it really didn’t take long either!

I do like a happy ending

love  

Mummy & Moose

Disclosure: We were sent the above products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

I have been crafting with and working with Polymer Clay for many years. I used to buy my Fimo exclusively online from various stores across the Uk. Although it was usually okay, the problem with this was that I coulfotor_146653599418622d never be sure of the age of the stock so the quality varied wildly.

Discovering that there was a shop selling exactly what I needed a mere 2 miles from my doorstep was music to my ears.

This girl LOVES to shop local. There is something incredibly satisfying about knowing that my pounds are going into the local economy and helping out a small business.

I have been shopping with Craft Merrily for years now. They are always friendly, always professional and hold an extensive range of crafting products as well as offering some of the best prices on polymer clay that I have come across. Perfect!

Orders can be placed online or by telephone and various payment options are available. Delivery costs are very reasonable but I like to pop in and collect my order as it is so convenient for me to do so.

As well as crafts they also cover a massive range of fabulous toys for children of all ages. Some craft based and some not – any of which make for perfect gifts. They even offer gift wrapping.

 

For his 15th birfotor_145951629303314thday Col requested that he have a giant cookie instead of a birthday cake. He made this request well in advance of the big day but guess what? Yes, I completely forgot until the day before. Awesome.

Somebody mentioned that a supermarket was offering a giant cookie service at the half the price of a well-known cookie chain (rhymes with lilies) so I loaded up the car and off we went.

Unfortunately what the helpful person didn’t tell me during our conversation was that they need at least a days notice and there is no wiggle room. The panic started to set in..fotor_145954134324663

Back in the car I googled “giant cookie” and found The Giant Cookie Company, I didn’t hold out much hope but thought I would chance my arm and call them.

SUCCESS! Not only were they able to take my order, they were much better value for money than that national chain and they were more than happy to deliver. As luck would have it they had a cookie ready that I could commandeer and she had time to remake later for the other customer. Phew!

The absolute best part though is the massive choice of flavours on offer: choc, caramel, mint, lemon, strawberry, banana, orange, choc orange, coconut, maple, choc mint, peanut butter, vanilla and all of those come in any colour. The possibilities are immense! 

As you can see Col was very happy with his giant cookie and it definitely ticked all of the boxes when it came to taste!

I’m always happy to use local companies and especially so when they are as lovely as this one. I would recommend them and will be using them again – this time with a bit more notice.