Boiiiiing, boiiiing…. Rush trampoline park tried and tested
They’re big news, trampoline parks aren’t they? The big craze from America that British towns and cities are grabbing hold of super-quick. I’d never been to one until last week, when I used my middle Muddy as a very willing guinea pig for a mini party – a very belated birthday bounce, as we didn’t celebrate at the time because of a family bereavement.
Rush is in Cressex Business Park, tantalisingly close to John Lewis, and unlike some of the trampoline parks that are popping up nationally, this one is privately owned by Sam Williams, a former investment banker who decided she has kids she wanted to see, an idea she thought would roll and clearly a whole lot of drive to get it there.
So she’s built over 17,000 square feet of trampolines, two dodgeball courts, 2 basketball hoop lanes, a gigantic foam pit, 3 tumble lanes, a free-fall stunt jump air bag, battle beam soon to come, a Ninja challenge course. It’s pretty amazing when you see it.
My daughter and her friends were under 10 so there was one area they couldn’t access – trampolines where you have to jump high to reach a back wall and then can stand on the wall to jump back down on the trampolines. It would really appeal to teens – I’d take my 13 year old here with his mates in a flash.
I can’t tell you masses about what the kids did, because they bounced off with their coloured wristbands on (totally safe as it’s all timed entry) and I spent an hour in the cafe upstairs, pretending to watch them. It’s a wide, comfy area, with the usual food options, sofas.
Owner Sam is smart enough to see that there’s mileage not only in children’s activities and parties but also fitness classes, dodgeball leagues, DJ nights, corporate team building, tumble sessions and also sessions for disabled people. As far as the parties are concerned, it was perfect for the kids – there are rooms on the ground floor, but I preferred the open plan ones at the far end of the cafe where we happened to be. Pizza and chips were pre-ordered and delivered the table in a cute box with jugs of squash.
What’s not to like? Well, the park soft opened just before Christmas, and understandably there are still small teething problems – reception was a bit slow, but in fairness they were training up a new staff member when I arrived. All in all it was a massive success. The kids loved it, I had an hour to myself drinking cappuccino, and the smallest, usually indecisive Muddy has miraculousy chosen where to have his party in April. Success on all fronts!
Rush UK High Wycombe, Lexmark Hous, Coronation Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 3TZ. rushuk.com