ON THE BOUNCE
How your team could benefit from jumping up and down in Stratford
ZAPspace in Stratford High Street officially opened this week, creating the area’s first indoor trampoline park in and a new temporary identity for The Rex, a long neglected former theatre.
While it retains much of its Art Deco character, the venue now offers drama of a different nature, with a ping-pong jump, a drop slide, a cardio wall, a tumble lane and dodge ball courts.
“What we’ve done is take a disused theatre and given it a new lease of life,” said ZAPspace CEO Henry Frost. “We’ve kept all the old features such as the cornicing and stage, but now there’s a play park in the middle.”
The three-storey venue includes a cafe, a SkyBar for events, party booths and a soft play area for babies and toddlers. Changing rooms with showers are also available.
“The SkyBar makes a great corporate space for teambuilding activities before people have a bounce,” said Henry. “And it’s perfect for kids birthday parties.”
Freestyle Jump at ZAPspace offers an hour of unlimited access to the park for all ages over four years old with separate Little Zappers sessions designated for children. Adults-only events are also in the pipeline.
“We’ve had lots of requests for adults-only evenings that we’re looking to incorporate in the coming weeks,” Henry said.
“We’d also like to involve DJs to make it extra special.”
In addition, the venue is set to open the Old Town Bistro restaurant and a speakeasy-style bar named The Curious Fox, in the near future as part of the wider redevelopment of the site.
Henry said: “The bistro is the place for a pizza after your bounce – or head downstairs to the bar for an Old Fashioned or whatever tickles your fancy.
“We’ve also put together quite a few Christmas party packages offering turkey and all the trimmings.”
ZAPspace is a communityfocused endeavour. The majority of employees were recruited via Newham Council’s Workplace scheme and the centre is offering local schools 10,000 free bounces.
A collaboration with the council’s Red Door Ventures, the facility is a temporary answer to making use of The Rex before it is redeveloped into housing.
We’ve had lots of requests for adults-only evenings that we’re looking to incorporate in the coming weeks Henry Frosr, ZAPspace
Red Door Ventures managing director Kent Taylor said: “We are delighted to be working with ZAPspace to bring our second leisure opportunity to Stratford.
“The trampoline park will be open to the public to enjoy for a number of years while we progress our long-term plans to redevelop the land at The Rex to bring much needed housing to the area.”
Freestyle Jump costs £12 per hour.
For more information or to make a booking go to zapspace.co.uk.
Dodgeball courts allow visitors to practise the five Ds
Right, a range of activities are available at the venue in Stratford
ZAPspace CEO Henry Frost, left, says The Rex has been given a new lease of life