The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience Manchester launched 20 brand new games this month – the largest investment in the attraction since its opening in 2017.
The new games also coincide with the 30 year anniversary of the Crystal Maze phenomena, with the original TV show first hitting our screens back in the 1990s.
Jon Crawley, Director of Product, The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, said: “The Manchester Maze is the longest-serving theatrical experience here in the city, and we continue to be blown away by its popularity.”
Jon added: “Our guests view the Crystal Maze as a must-do attraction in Manchester, and our reviews consistently talk passionately about the quality of our games and our beloved Maze Masters, who host the experience.
“Keeping our games fresh and exciting is an ongoing mission for my team and we hope that these new games are loved as much as the originals. As the TV show has grown so have our attractions and I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings!”
All four of the original themed adventure zones (Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic) have been updated with new games.
In the Medieval zone, you can now try out Crossbow Castle, a new skills-based challenge where you have to be a crack shot to release the crystal from the castle. You’ll also now have the chance to try and Crack The Safe in the Industrial zone, by using your mathematical prowess.
Hoopla, Eggy Swamp and Basketball are brand new additions to the Aztec zone, and in the Futuristic zone Lab Accident is a new mystery game – a radiation leak in the space laboratory has ruined years of research and killed the head scientist, but not before he left a clue trail.
In addition to the 20 new games, 11 popular original challenges have been refreshed with brand new gameplay and scenic improvements, meaning there are now 31 new games to play in the four categories of Mental, Skill, Mystery and Physical challenges.
The brand new games took twelve months to design and install, and many were created in the Crystal Maze part of the Little Lion Laboratory, the creative studio where the games are innovated, created, stress-tested and fabricated before launching live into the attractions themselves.
For more info and to book, head over to the website here.
The best Autumnal walks for this weekend
Get wrapped up!
There is something about Autumnal crisp walks, especially when the skies are super blue and the colourful leaves are falling.
With the majority of our time being spent at home indoors at the moment, it’s important we take some time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.
Greater Manchester undoubtedly has some of the best walks in the North West with some stunning jaw-dropping views.
Make some time for these stunning walks this winter season and enjoy a nice warm mulled wine after – it is the season after all!
Saddleworth Cycle & Horse Trail
Considered to be the posher part of Oldham, Saddleworth is located on the cusp of the Pennines, with stunning landscapes, beautiful nature and some of the best walks Greater Manchester has to offer.
You’re in true God’s Country here, with the valley stretching all around you. I also highly recommend a walk down the canal in Diggle, and if they’re open – a visit
to the excellent Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream for a scoop or five.
Download a trail map here.
Located in the heart of good old Bolton, Rivington is a large rural area full of some of the most stunning woodland views. With impressive stone-built stairs and outbuildings and the shabby waterfall cascading slowly down the rock face it’s not what you expect to see in Bolton, more like Bali (maybe that’s a little extreme), especially with the charming views of the Japanese inspired pond & gardens.
Keep on winding upwards and your goal will come clearly into view, the landmark Grade II listed Pike Tower sitting proudly at the summit. It’s definitely a climb, but it’s worth it, especially when you get to see the views at the top, and for the insta obv.
A short trip from east Stockport you’ll find a peaceful walk and a very charming chapel. For anybody who’s local to Stockport will know that it’s not exactly country walk territory, however just 10 minutes out the way you’ll find Chadkirk Chapel and Estate.
The walk itself is pretty easy and certainly children and dog friendly! During this time of year all the leaves are falling and if you look up the colours are beautiful.
Derwent Reservoir, The Peak District, the walk itself is a whopping 16KM however if you’re short for time there is the option to rent bikes to speed things up a little. Not only stunning views, but there’s also a little history held at Derwent Res, about 10 minutes into the walk you’ll pass The Howden Dam, used by Lancaster Bomber pilots to practise bombing runs and targeting.
They also created the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ for the 1943 raid of the dams on the German Ruhr. Wrap up for this one, with being right on the water you’ll need hat, scarfs, gloves, the lot!
Heading a little further up North, just past Bolton, you’ll find The Entwistle Reservoir. On a crisp autumnal sunny day, you’ll feel like you’ve just hopped off a plane and landed in Canada, no joke.
The views over the water are completely breath-taking. Surrounded by rows and rows of woodland and trees the walk is only around 2.5miles long. A quick heads up, it can be super busy at the weekends and the parking can be a little manic so either get their early or park a little further up the road.
Whilst you’re there grab yourself some serious pub grub and a pint from The Starbury Duck just 5 minutes up the road.
A terrifying Horror Maze is coming to Manchester this weekend
Can you handle it?
There’s a terrifying scare attraction happening this weekend and it’s Covid and social distancing friendly!
If 2020 wasn’t scary enough for you, there’s a dark and horrifying maze waiting for you this weekend.
Into the Dark is an immersive experience that promises to be utterly terrifying and says ‘be prepared to scream like never before’.
There will be four terrifying maze arenas that will give you a glimpse into the twisted minds of iconic horror legends.
If you think you’re brave enough, there will even be an ‘Extreme Zone’.
Tickets start at £22 for the four scare zones and £33 for a chance to head into the Extreme Zone if you think you can handle it.
You’ll get 30-minutes to enjoy the truly terrifying experience with sessions split into smaller blocks to ensure government guidelines are abided.
You have to be over 14 to enter or over 18 to buy the Extreme tickets.
There’s a Halloween-themed fancy dress competition for dogs this weekend
Hatch has confirmed their alternative Halloween celebration which sees a fancy dress competition for your dog will be going ahead for this year!
It will look a little different this year with social distancing measures and curfews in place but there is still plenty of fun to be had for you and your pooch.
This will mark the third year of Howl’oween which will be taking place this Saturday, October 31st.
The Hatch team will be on the lookout for the best-dressed pooch, so get them dolled up with their best clobber.
The first 50 people down on the day will be treated to a ghoulish goodie bag full of sweet treats.
Dress up is encouraged for both dogs and owners – there will even be prizes for the best-dressed human. Howl’oween kicks off at 11am and will finish at 9:30pm, just in time for the curfew.
So if you think your four-legged friend has got what it takes to be crowned the Spooky Pooch 2020 head down this weekend!
Find out more here.