The new family craze that's worth travelling for

14 January 2016

The new family craze that's worth travelling for

If you're one of the many people that have adopted a new january fitness regime, then you'll love this great family experience.

The new family craze taking off in the UK is indoor trampoline parks. 

The concept is quite simple - take an unused warehouse, fill it with foam, soft-padded walkways and trampolines and invite adults and children to bounce around the arena and join in the activities!

A sneak peek of AirHop in Guildford:

There are loads of these places popping up all over the UK now, with the world's largest trampoline park opening up in Bristol late last year. They typically offer parents and children an hour's play which give you access to all different areas of the arena. There are basketball courts with trampoline floors for that ultimate slam dunk, dodgeball courts for big group games and the most popular areas are the foam pits. Giant pits filled with foam squares with the centre's biggest trampolines lay out before them. How high can you go before you disappear into the multicoloured sea of foam?

Safety is of upmost concern, and every attendee has to watch a safety video and sign a disclaimer. Socks are required to play too, with pairs available to buy on site.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family (and have got the energy to keep up!), check out some of the jump parks near you!

Top tip: make sure you book in advance as these sessions get super-busy, especially in the school holidays.

(A few) UK trampoline parks 

AirHop, Guildford or Bristol
Bristol is the biggest in the world with 177 trampolines, slam-dunk, dodgeball and more. Tickets from £8.50 if booked in a group, or £10 Mon-Thurs. New venues opening up soon in Croydon and Solihull. and

Oxygen FreeJumping, London or Southampton
Try freejumping on the 150 trampolines and explore the obstacle courses, foam pit, slam-dunk basketball hoops and airbag. Ages: 5+ (plus dedicated sections for younger ones). From £12.50, West Acton; £11, Southampton.

Gravity Force, Surrey
This converted warehouse has foam pits, fitness courses, tots classes, tumble tracks and over 50 interconnected trampolines. New venues are due to be opened in Basildon, Sunderland and St Albans. From £10.

Jump Nation, Manchester
Family-run Jump Nation has 139 trampolines in one huge bounce area. Available for school or corporate hire and offers toddler time and autism-friendly classes. New venues are set to open across the country. From £6.95 for kids and £8.95 for adults.

Bounce, Milton Keynes
Over 22,000 sq ft of trampolines are spread across five zones, including a dodgeball court, kids’ play, slam-dunk area and foam pit. Tournaments, fitness classes and Teen Fridays are held regularly. Ages: 3+. From £9.99 (£4.99 for under-4s).

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