An Indoor Play Centre For Ealing?

Gambado seeking new locations

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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!


Annemarie Flanagan











April 7th, 2010


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