“Real reality has gotten in the way of our virtual reality dream" - The Grid VR closes due to electricity prices and cost-of-living crisis

Date published: 22 August 2023

Milnrow’s virtual reality centre The Grid VR has closed its doors due to the cost-of-living crisis and electricity prices.

The virtual reality centre based in Albert Mill hosted its last ever booking on 12 August, after four years of business.

The business was named a 2023 traveller’s choice winner by Trip Adviser, after growing from a hobby in a ‘tiny single unit’ to employing eight people in delivering VR experiences to hundreds of people, as well as opening its own bar.

In a statement, the Grid VR team said: “After four long years of hard work, tears and laughter, the Grid VR has closed its doors.

“Real reality has gotten in the way of our virtual reality dream. We are next in a long line of businesses that can no longer afford to keep our doors open.

“We had a good run. What started as a hobby in a tiny single unit in an old mill turned into something special, employing eight awesome people to help us deliver three VR experiences to hundreds of families and friends across the North West, and we also got to open our own bar.

“From intense zombie battles to gravity-defying adventures, The Grid VR has been more than just a place – it's been a realm of endless possibilities and unforgettable memories.

“Here's to the pixelated pioneers, the virtual adventurers, the Grid VR legends: thank you for an incredible four years, and here's to whatever the future holds.

“We'll be selling a variety of VR equipment, as well as some of the furniture and other bits and bobs that made The Grid VR truly feel like home.”


Some of The Grid VR team
Some of The Grid VR team


The Grid VR free-roaming space
The Grid VR free-roaming space


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