So a trip to Flip Out Chester, tackling trampolines minus bungee ropes and side nets – with Emily, always slightly risky….
Luckily they both really enjoyed the adventure and were very reluctant to leave at the end of the session! With a total of 200 trampolines at Flip Out Chester you won’t struggle to find a spot to bounce to your heart’s content.
When you arrive at Flip Out there are parking spaces available by the entrance, and level access into the building. Once you have queued to collect your wrist bands and socks (£2 per pair or just swap your socks from another trampoline park); it’s a level walk into the room where you view the safety video (this is actually a really humorous video but also gets the message across!)
You then enter into the arena, to the left are the secure lockers, and behind them the impressive ‘Clip and Climb’. Once you have stored your belongings you enter the arena through a lovely fairy lit tunnel, definitely the prettiest disabled access ramp I’ve seen so far!
When we emerged from the tunnel it was a ‘wow’ from our 2 for the sheer size of the arena and number of trampolines (the biggest trampoline theme park in England!). The trampoline arena includes 200 trampolines in total (50 Olympic trampolines), 4 wall runners, 3 drop slides (2 of which look unnervingly vertical for the faint-hearted like me), a Total Wipeout area, 2 foam pits, and more.
There is a well managed wristband system so numbers are controlled. This meant there were plenty of free trampolines to choose from and the strict rules of 1 per trampoline meant it was really safe for Emily, as she does have to take it slowly.
A big favourite for our aspiring free-runner was the area at the back of the arena with loads of different sized and shaped trampolines, wall runners and stunt boxes. There is also a Ninja Warrior style area, and trampoline basketball (hilarious).
Emily wasn’t too happy to be missing out on the foam pit, but luckily there is a mini foam pit in the Under 7s area which saved the day (and a rest for those rosy cheeks).
We also discovered tucked away in the corner a lovely raised playbarn which Emily enjoyed. I was happy to see that a gate was installed at the top of the steps which meant I could sit down for a few minutes (until she decided to tackle the bumpy steps to the top, doing her usual trick of standing upright before reaching the top – eek). Cue Mum squeezing through areas designed for littlies, really must lay off the cheese.
After our time was up on the trampolines they reluctantly left the arena, but the arcades area and themed diner soon distracted them. All of this area is really level and wide, so is very accessible. The diner has free-standing tables and chairs, and plenty of room to negotiate around them.
Not so long ago I wouldn’t have thought trampolining was something Emily could manage because of her balance and co-ordination; but actually she has surprised us by how well she manages it with that extra bit of help (and a cheeky bit of physio thrown in too, to ease the parent guilt).
Flip Out Chester also offer weekly ASD and Disability sessions, which are dedicated quieter sessions with appropriate lighting and sound. Disabled visitors can be accompanied by a carer with free entry, and there is a disabled toilet. Flip Out have a large First Aid room and bed which can be used if changing facilities are needed. (The nearest Changing Places facilities are located at Ellesmere Port Sports Village 2.5 miles away).
Our big boy has already planned his next birthday party (in his head), and I think this is a fantastic party venue and trip out for all, whatever your level of ability!
We were kindly invited by Mike and the team at Flip Out Chester to visit and have a look at the disabled access and facilities. All opinions are those of Team Bumblebee!