Meaty, beaty big and bouncy

3 February 2016

Okay – before I go any further let’s get the elephant in the room – out of the room. I know there has been ‘unrest’ about the entire situation of the removal of the climbing wall and the installation of the Better Extreme Trampoline park at the Link Centre. I’m not opining either way on that here because it’s not the forum.

I received an invitation to go along and check out the trampoline park and write about my experience of it – so I did. I am. And that is all.

The Better Extreme Bounce

Well. Me on a trampoline – who’d have thought?

Anyone that knows me well will know that I don’t run, catch, throw, hop, skip or jump – or indeed do anything remotely related to sports and games and activity of any sort. Walking and swimming excepted. I have shocking spatial skills and non-existent hand/eye coordination not to mention being a tad feeble and nervous when it comes to such things.  And that’s fine – I’m perfectly comfortable with that.

So I somewhat surprised myself when I heard myself agreeing to go and visit the new trampoline facility at the Link Centre. Ooh er missus!

So last Saturday I found myself donning trampoline socks – yes there’s such a thing – and sitting in a briefing room watching a short safety video.

About the facility

From the official press release: “Offering state-of-the-art equipment including a main court with foam pits, extreme dodgeball area, basketball, fidget ladder, slack line and performance walls, the trampoline park will provide a fun haven for children and adults alike.”

Al of which is true enough for sure. It’s also orange. Very, very orange! 🙂

So yeah – if you’ve got youngsters with way too much energy this place has to be a great way of burning some of it off when it’s not fit to be outside – which seems to be an almost permanent state of affairs these days.

And it’s not all ‘free-range’ as it were. It’s a safe and supervised environment. When I visited two staff members were helping a young visitors to do somersaults. I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to do a somersault in the first place but there you go.

And as you can see from the extract from the press release and the photos below there’s a whole range of play and bouncing opportunities. And that surprised me I think. I guess my expectations were of wall-to-wall off the floor trampolines – like the ones you can buy for your back garden. But it’s a far cry from that.

I won’t lie. I took one look at the foam pits and thought “ugh – imagine how smelly and sweaty they’ll get.” But it seems the foam ‘chunks’ are changed over regularly. Makes no odds to me – I won’t be jumping in them I can assure you. But still it’s good to know eh?

And there’s some super big ass ceiling fans to keep the air moving around. Thank goodness for that.

There’s a viewing gallery so you can sit in comfort with a coffee and watch the little darlings work themselves up into a lather below – sounds like a much better idea to me. 🙂

A party venue for hire

But if your trampolining heart desires the Better Extreme Trampoline Park can be hired for parties of all kinds. Well maybe not naturist parties. Imagine….

“Youngsters of any age are welcome and trampolining is a great way for kids to let off steam in a safe and supervised environment. Older teens who enjoy extreme sports can build up their confidence with support on hand if required, while adults can pit their skills against each other in activities designed to test their abilities to the max. The facility can also accommodate birthdays, corporate days, hen and stag parties.”

Practical information:

“The new Trampoline Park will be open from 1st February 2016. Initial weekday opening times will be from 4pm – 9pm and weekend opening times from 11am – 6pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays. From 15th February opening times will extend to daily sessions of 10am to 9pm.

Prices start from as little as £6.95 and include concessionary rates. A reduced adults entrance fee of £7.95 will run during February 2016 (normal price £9.95).”

So. Did I actually have a go on a trampoline? Given all I’ve said above? Yes! I did as it happens. It was a very sedate bounce I’m not gonna lie to you. But I did bounce nevertheless and even quite enjoyed it. And here’s the evidence:

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