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How your team could ben­e­fit from jump­ing up and down in Strat­ford

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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

HOLLY CANT

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

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