An Indoor Play Centre For Ealing?
Gambado seeking new locations
Whilst Ealing is more than equipped with great parks it's not always the best place to entertain the kids during wet school holidays.
For such a large borough there are currently very few privately owned indoor play facilities. However this could all change.
Gambado - one of the UK's fastest growing indoor play operators - is looking at a variety of areas to expand, Ealing is one.
The company currently has sites in Chelsea , Beckenham, Milton Keynes, and Basildon and wants to develop four additional Gambado centres every year over the next five years.
They have specific site requirements, including a large ground floor area, car parking space and a minimum catchment of 60,000 children between the ages of 0-10 within a 20 minute drive.
Managing Director Iain Westwater says:
''Having had a successful initial 12 months trading we now urgently require more property mainly inside the M25 or within a 20 minute drive time of it.''
He is urging anyone with ideas for possible site locations to get in contact.
A Day at Gambado Chelsea
If you really have to endure the hell that is a children's soft play centre then give this one a go - the wifi facility, magazines and newspapers and availability of decent food (and wine) make it far more bearable for grown-ups.
The children will love the traditional soft play frame but Gambado's added excitement is the mini dodgems and carousel - included in the entry fee. We went on a school inset day - so no queues - and, whilst I worked on my laptop the kids were energetically engaged for most of the day. Result!
Gambado is a different sort of play centre - whilst it's great fun for kids it's really rather civilised for adults - quite an achievement.
It's certainly not cheap (one off registration fee £5, adult £2.50 and child aged 3-10 £9.45) but if everyone's happy and tired out at the end of the day it's got to be worth it!
April 7th, 2010