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A free ‘fright and delight’ escape room is popping-up in Manchester this weekend

The event will feature a trio of escape rooms by TalkTalk in collaboration with Heart.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 26th October 2021

TalkTalk is teaming up with Heart to bring a “spooktacular” pop-up haunted to Manchester this weekend.

The free-to-attend event – which is being hosted by the connectivity provider, in collaboration with the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand – is coming to the Trafford Centre for one day only on Saturday 30 October from 12pm to 8pm.

The haunted house will feature a trio of escape rooms.

Those who fancy popping down to the event will be challenged on their speedy reactive skills, their ability to find the reliable route, and their detective talents to find hidden devices – and if you manage to complete all the tasks in time, you and your team will walk away with a TalkTalk goodie bag.

A Heart presenter will be playing live at the event, as well as hosting a fun pop-up selfie station where guests will be able to take a spooky selfie and share it on social using the hashtag #PoweredByFutureFibre to enter a prize draw and be in with a chance of winning some pretty impressive prizes.


Some of the prizes up for grabs include a Samsung Galaxy Tab 32GB Tablet, Ring Video Doorbell, Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Wireless Earbuds, Amazon Echo Show 8 Smart Display, or a Nintendo Switch.  

The event comes as TalkTalk celebrates the launch of Future Fibre in Manchester – which uses the UK’s latest fibre technology to bring 100% full fibre directly into the home.


If you’re unfamiliar with what Future Fibre is, it’s 45 x faster and 5 x more-reliable than standard broadband, which, according to TalkTalk, means it can “effortlessly handle” all household devices’ streaming, gaming, and video-calling at once.

Aiming to show the many benefits of Future Fibre, the pop-up event will feature three separate escape rooms – the ‘Speed’ room, where visitors will play a Batak-style light reaction game, the ‘Concurrency’ room which challenges people to find 75 hidden golden coins, and finally the ‘Reliability’ room, where one team member will be blindfolded and verbally led by their group through the most reliable route.

For the final task, challengers will need to watch out for rotten pumpkins, a broken wheelbarrow, the sinking ground, and the scary pumpkin man.

Those who fancy popping down to the event will be challenged on their speedy reactive skills, their ability to find the reliable route, and more / Credit: TalkTalk x Heart

Speaking ahead of the pop-up’s arrival on Saturday, Becki Smith – General Manager of Ultrafast at TalkTalk – said: “”We’re excited to bring this event to the Trafford Centre to celebrate half term week, and the launch of Future Fibre in the city.

“Guests to the event will be able to work together to make it through our three escape rooms whilst experiencing all the benefits of Future Fibre.”

You can find out more about TalkTalk’s Future Fibre plans and whether it’s available on your street here.

Featured Image – TalkTalk x Heart