About us

Our mission

To provide quality, quirky and unforgettable escape game experiences like no other. And to create lasting memories for all that play them.  

How we started

Bewilder Box was born in 2015 after a trip to Budapest sparked an interest, which prompted two friends – David Middleton & David Staffell – to design and build an escape room in Brighton. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Bewilder Box’s first game, The Initiative, opened its doors in 2016. Judgement D.A.V.E. then followed, launching in 2018.

Our real-life and online games

Both our escape rooms have gained huge popularity and continue to receive rave reviews. And we’ve also added mobile escape room experiences to our repertoire, with our Box of Bewilderment game designed for large groups and The T.U.R.D.I.S. mini escape room in a Portaloo, as seen at Glastonbury festival since 2022.

Our expertise and influence

We’ve been involved in designing escape rooms all over the world, including official games for Black Sabbath, Peaky Blinders, Horrible Histories, the National Theatre and many more.

Bewilder Box Co-owner, David Middleton, has become the go-to expert on UK escape room culture, interviewed by and featured in multiple publications, including The Economist, Time Out and The Guardian, as well as co-organising and speaking at the UK’s escape room industry conference, attended by 500 industry members.

For more information about David’s design work, or to set up a meeting with David, please visit our sister page Rebel Brain.

Our values

We pride ourselves on hiring talented, local performers. They inject our games with humour and help create truly immersive experiences.

We pay our employees over the Brighton living wage and we support local charities. We’re proud to be a part of the thriving and eccentric landscape of businesses in Brighton and Hove. We embrace change and always strive to stay ahead of the curve.

David Middleton (Director | Head of Creative)
Sarah Gathercole (Director | Events & Experience Manager)

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