So you think trampolining is for kids? Think again. Trampolining parks are popping up all over the country and we are lucky enough to have one here in Maidstone in Kent. It’s called Gravity Maidstone and is located in the Lockmeadow complex (where a variety of nightclubs have resided in the past). I personally think this transformation is a superb use of the old site and much better fun!
It’s not just trampolining, they’ve added in a couple of dodge ball courts, some basketball nets and some foam pits for you to launch yourself full-pelt into. Okay, maybe it is for kids – BIG ONES!
So we went on a Wednesday evening. There were a lot of kids there when we arrived at 6pm, but it quietened down by the time we went on half an hour later. There were a few little ones running through the trampolines. But that adds to the fun eh! There is a section for toddlers, so that keeps us dangerous adults away from taking out the really little ones.
You pay £9.95 for an hour session at Gravity Maidstone. That includes a pair of special socks (they have a grippy base) but I’ll be honest and say they need bigger sock sizes for us grown up kids, I nearly lost mine several times. If you already have the socks it’s only £7.95.
We started out on the dodgeball court, then practiced some swivel hips (a double seat drop) on the bigger trampoline. Before flinging ourselves at the trampolines that lined the walls, these trampolines made me really want to buy one for the kids, they were so much fun!
A quick trip over to the basketball nets, where you can get up some serious height for your slam dunk and then we found ourselves egging each other on to do front somersaults into the foam pits – which we pretty much all did successfully! Although we were definitely less than graceful getting out of the pits.
A few more bounces. Me, practising trampolining routines from my youth – yep I can still do most of them, but maybe not as polished as I once was. The others bouncing and seat dropping with big dopey grins on their faces.
Finally we headed over to the balance beam which was set over another foam pit. There are two padded pugil sticks (think back to 1990s Gladiators). You can stand on the balance beam and whack each other with the sticks. I won once and got whacked into the foam pit twice. A stat I’m going to have to rectify next time…. I think we all ended up in the foam pit at some point though!
Then our hour was pretty much up. We left full of beans, covered in sweat, but all exclaiming how much we enjoyed it and would definitely go again.
I think this would be an awesome trip out with the kids, but also worked out as a fantastic evening out with some friends. Much more fun most other things you could be doing of an evening. Plus you are getting some decent exercise in and you wouldn’t even know it until you get off, all hot and sweaty.
Gravity Maidstone have pretty much thought of everything. There’s changing rooms, free water to help yourself to, free lockers and the staff seem happy and helpful. You can find out more information on their website.
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