Exclusive - in­side new tram­po­line cen­tre

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell mmile­ham­chap­pell@thek­m­group.co.uk @Mol­lyMC_KM

It’s been one of Ash­ford’s most highly an­tic­i­pated busi­ness launches of this year... and now the town’s new tram­polin­ing cen­tre is open­ing to visi­tors.

Flip Out, on Hen­wood In­dus­trial Es­tate, is set to open this week­end.

The Ken­tish Ex­press can ex­clu­sively re­veal the first pic­tures from in­side the newly com­pleted cen­tre, which will open ahead of the school sum­mer hol­i­days.

The 28,000 sq ft for­mer pack­ag­ing fac­tory is now barely recog­nis­able, with enor­mous graf­fiti mu­rals on the walls, and con­nect­ing trampolines as far as the eye can see.

The Ash­ford fran­chise cen­tre boasts fea­tures in­clud­ing a dodge­ball zone, stunt area, a ninja as­sault course and a bounc­ing bas­ket­ball area.

The cen­tre will be open from 9am un­til 10pm, seven days a week, fea­tur­ing After Dark evenings on Fri­days and Satur­days for over 14s, which will fea­ture DJs and smoke ma­chines.

At Tues­day’s exclusive pre­view, trained staff demon­strated their “flip­ping” skills but the rules of the cen­tre are very clear – only jump to your own abil­ity.

Ash­ford en­trepreneurs Lisa and Steve Woot­ton have in­vested around £1.8 mil­lion in Flip Out.

Speak­ing ahead of its open­ing this week, Mr Woot­ton said: “We want to try and ap­peal to as a big a de­mo­graphic as pos­si­ble.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited. It’s been a long jour­ney of two and half years. But we’re here now, and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting people in to en­joy them­selves.

“There’s not a lot go­ing on in Ash­ford. It’s been grow­ing as a town for many years but it seems that there’s many ac­tiv­i­ties that haven’t kept up with the pace of the pop­u­la­tion.

“So ob­vi­ously new ac­tiv­i­ties like this for people to do are wel­comed within Ash­ford.

“We’ve had a mas­sive re­sponse on so­cial me­dia. A lot of people are re­ally in­ter­ested in what we’re do­ing and are ea­ger to get in the doors.”

The arena will also be hold­ing tod­dler morn­ings, fit­ness classes, spe­cial events for people with dis­abil­i­ties and of­fer book­ings for adult and chil­dren’s par­ties.

Flip Out will open on Satur­day at 9am.

For more in­for­ma­tion search Flip Out Ash­ford on Face­book

The main arena

Duty man­ager Adam De Co­mar­mond ‘wall run­ning’

Steve Woot­ton and, right, one of the party rooms

The ninja course and the bas­ket­ball area

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.