Meet the team

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing"

- George Bernard Shaw



Escapade Group was founded by Nick de Candole and Richard “Charlie” Farley – longtime friends, godfathers to each other’s children, and, most importantly, two self-proclaimed ‘big kids’ who love to have fun.

When they both became fathers for the first time, they realised there was a major shortage of places that were both fun for kids and enjoyable and well-designed for adults.

… and so the Kidspace adventure started.

Nick and Charlie toured Europe and America for two years to research a variety of different operators – both good and bad – before creating the concept from which Kidspace Adventures was born.

From there, the company has rapidly expanded to include multiple sites across the UK, both indoor and outdoor, and all featuring incredible ways to play. These include Hobbledown farm, zoo and adventure park in Epsom, Watermouth Castle in Devon, and the adrenaline junkie’s dream, Gripped Aerial Adventures. Take a look at our sites page for a full rundown!

Our aim is for play to be challenging and fun for everyone – and we firmly believe that everyone can and should play, adults included. That’s why we consider ourselves Creators of Extraordinary Experiences.

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    Richard "Charlie" Farley

    Director & Founder


    Nick de Candole

    Director & Founder

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    Andy Davies



    Nat Fox

    Operations Director

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    Simon Elliott

    Finance Director

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    Louise Riley

    Contact Centre Manager

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    Hannah Walker

    Group Head of Marketing

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    Caroline Cooney

    Group Operations Manager

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    Tina Hughes

    Animal Curator

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    Richard Lancaster

    General Manager, Watermouth Castle

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    Lee Froud

    General Manager, Hobbledown Heath

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    Kristina Wilson

    General Manager, Kidspace Croydon

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    Keeley Roper

    General Manager, Kidspace Romford

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    Sam White

    Accounts Manager

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    Lee Waters

    Group Health and Safety

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    Akil Julien-Watson

    Operations Trainer