So we have already worked out from Part 1 how the name, ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ happened, however when we first started to put the boxes on a stall for festivals and fairs, the name was different.
After a long summer holiday of craft making I had built around 15 different mini-game puzzle boxes for children of all ages to try; all with a different investigative technique to solve complete with a different style and look.
Made from recycled wood and donations of wood piles, it gave each box a unique feel. The puzzles were designed to be solved by a range of children from 6 to 15 years old. The puzzles would appear at festivals on a stall for people to try for £1, and in return, receive a lollipop for the reward of solving a puzzle. It became quite popular and I received a lot of compliments regarding what I was trying to do; make children engage in learning by ‘thinking outside the box’.
I initially considered this name to be too long, so the name I had chosen at the time was linked to another box I had created over the summer with lots of keys needed to solve it, so ‘KeyQuest’ was born. However, when approached by customers at fairs, the reveal of the company name to be KeyQuest threw up confusion over what I was trying to do and didn’t link to the objective of what the customers were doing.
It was around this time in 2013 I tried my first escape room. With a group of friends reuniting after a long time we decided to do the ‘new thing’ in Leeds. It was the first time any of us had tried something like this. After escaping with 45 seconds to spare, I was thrilled, stunned and hooked on the idea of escape rooms. Looking at the game, I could see the link between the boxes and this concept.
Over the next three years came a flurry of new boxes, designs for rooms and a lot of research into the business of Escape Rooms. As I was drawing up the plans for this venture it was discovered that in America someone had already taken the name that I was using, so I decided to go back to the roots of all these ideas and design the business based on the name that represents it the best. Thinking Outside the Box Escape Rooms was coming to Peterborough.
Keep an eye out for the final part of this origin story – Part 3
Keep watching the blog posts for updates and news, check out the escape rooms at www.peterboroughescaperooms.co.uk.