Bolton's Market Place will be home to a new escape room for families - and on Friday nights just for adults.

Clever Cogz are opening the room, after trialling it at the retail and leisure complex last Easter.

Families can try their hand at solving the clues to escape the room while on Friday nights daring adults can enjoy a fright night - with fun and the fear factor both on offer.

The escape rooms will offer the following themes and will be located in The Vaults:

For ages 8 to adult: The Frozen Cabin - opening 3rd June 

The Lost Temple of Nexus (Egyptian Tomb Escape Room) - opening 1st July

Ages 15+: Camp Deadlock 1984 - opening 3rd June 

The Pyramid - opening 1st July 

James Lomax said: “Over the years I have grown my team inside the business.

“Starting out alone, I can now proudly say I have a close work family who all strive to push forward and to make the ever-evolving Clever Cogz brand to the best it can be.

“The team and I are ecstatic to be having a permanent residency in The Vaults at Bolton Market Place.”

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Clever Cogz was founded by James in 2016 after starting off with one escape room and a vision to grow the business enough to be able to travel nationwide to schools to provide different learning experiences, as well as accomplish team building activities to give the children a day they would not forget. 

Over the next five years James was able to fulfil his goals of travelling to schools up and down the country, delivering a five-star event including the popular EYFS learning street, and Egyptian puzzle tomb.

James added: “Our Vision at Clever Cogz is to bring an unforgettable unique experience not only to the schools across the UK, but to now bring the fun and family building activities outside of education through our next level approach.”

James has earned multiple awards including entrepreneur of the year.  

In 2021 James smashed through another goal he set and sold his first franchise.

Now his goal is to sell franchises nationwide and eventually world-wide.

In 2022, the business has now grown into the public, private and corporate sectors.

Clever Cogz Escape Nation will be opening, with a special scare night on Friday 3rd June.

Tickets are currently on sale here (