Brand new WW2-themed Escape Rooms open in Milton Keynes

    The first stage of multi-award winning venue’s expansion plans is complete with the launch of brand new ‘Cipher Escape’.

    Formula Fast, located near Stadium MK, features a world-class 500m+ indoor kart circuit and is now being expanded into a multi-activity facility, with the completion of fully-immersive WW2-themed Escape Rooms.

    Cipher Escape have two rooms currently in operation, with a third in the pipeline. The setting of the first room, ‘Hut 17’, pays homage to local Bletchley history as guests race against the clock to break the enemy code before time runs out.

    Each room caters for between two and six ‘escapers’, with a recommended minimum age of 12 years old. Rooms are priced between £20-£30 per person, dependant on group size and chosen package.

    Manager Charlie Butcher is keen to ensure the experience is authentic and respectful when it comes to the historical theme, as well as designing the experience to be exciting and unique.

    “We’ve taken a lot of care to source genuine props from the 1940’s to really immerse players in the experience whilst staying true to the history,” explained Charlie.

    “Our puzzles are designed to be as varied as possible. We’re known for being innovators with our karting experience, so we also want to put Cipher on the map when it comes to creating a ground-breaking escape room experience for our guests.”

    Cipher Escape opened its doors last month, and has so far seen rave reviews, with 5-star ratings on both Google and Tripadvisor.

    Behind the scenes, the rooms utilise state-of-the-art technology to run a variety of interactive puzzles, props and effects. Guests are monitored via CCTV and microphones by their game host, who can provide hints and pointers via a real 1940’s phone system.

    The next room to be built will be set inside a WW2 submarine, with the final room featuring a bunker theme.

    The business behind Cipher Escape, Formula Fast, recently won another award for ‘MK’s Top Attraction’, and last weekend hosted the famous ‘British Rental Kart Championship’, featuring a first-class racing driver line up from all over the world.

    The family-founded business was established by former F1 engineers in 2009 before moving to its current MK location in 2013.

    Owner Phil Stanley has big plans to grow the business, with venue improvements and new activities.

    “I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to announce the opening of Cipher Escape, which will be a great addition to our activity line-up,” said Phil.

    “We’re looking forward to offering more exciting options for our guests as the year progresses.”

    Among the activities being added are Axe Throwing and AR Darts. A licensed bar and is planned to open soon, with a new mezzanine floor and upgraded toilets already completed.

    For details on Cipher Escape visit the website here

    For details on Formula Fast Karting visit

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