When I heard that London’s biggest trampoline park was opening in south west London, I was thrilled. No more schlepping all the way to Guildford, Surrey for trampolining fun. Woohoo. My family and I were lucky to be invited for the opening weekend a couple of weeks ago, so we drove to Earlsfield ready for some bouncing fun.
About five minutes from Southside Shopping Centre, tucked up in an industrial estate, you will find Flip Out Wandsworth. When you first check-in (try and arrive 10 minutes before your allotted time, and pre-book at the weekend because it gets busy), you watch a little video that explains the rules of trampolining. Things like don’t jump on people or do triple-quadruple back flips. Then you go in, wearing your special grippy socks (you can buy a pair there for £2.00), and start bouncing. Moozles, who is eight, loves trampolining. She jumped around and around, and even managed a few cartwheels. She also played some bouncy basketball and swung about.
Dubz, who is four, was a bit nervous when we entered Flip Out. It is a bit dark in there, and he was not sure what to expect. But we took him to the junior section and he had a great time bouncing around, exploring a black taxi cab and jumping in the blocks. The junior section is wonderful for younger children as you don’t have to worry about them being knocked over by the big kids.
I am not one to miss out on fun, so I did some bouncing too (check out the vlog below if you want to see me almost falling onto my face/husband). Moozles loved jumping with me. And I was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t have to wait in long queues to get on trampoline or play basketball. Flip Out only let a certain amount of people in each hour so that everyone can have fun rather than just wait around. Before we left, we each got a drink from the cafe (they also offer free glasses of water, which I think is a great idea) and had a little rest. Bouncing is tiring work!
Now for the practicalities. Whenever I go anywhere new in London, I always worry about the parking situation. Luckily Flip Out Wandsworth has a car park. If you’re taking public transport, the nearest tube station is Earlsfield and the nearest train station is Wandsworth Town. Don’t wear jewellery or pointy clothing (there are little lockers where you can keep your bags/shoes safe). Dress comfortably – though that doesn’t mean you have to wear your gym clothes unless you really want to. And don’t forget to jump – it’s not just for kids.
If you fancy some trampoline fun with your family, why not enter the competition below?! The tickets will get four of you in to Flip Out Wandsworth, during Mondays-Fridays, and will include the grippy socks. The giveaway closes at midnight on the 13th June 2016.