Remember when you used to enjoy going to your friends' houses after school and jumping on their trampolines? Well, now you can relive that part of your childhood at Oxygen Freejumping Park. Oxygen is one of many brands that have trampoline parks all over the UK. It has been on my radar for quite a while, so I was glad when my work suggested we go there one evening.
Oxygen has been named as one the UK's leading trampoline parks, and it comes as no surprise. It is the perfect place for working up a sweat, whilst enjoying yourself at the same time. The park has plenty of trampolines to choose from (150 total), and you can either jump for fun or join in a fitness class (these are usually held during the day). There is even a couple of basketball hoops, an enclosed area for playing dodgeball, and an obstacle course, complete with monkey bars and a foam pit. Upstairs you will find a café, which serves sandwiches, pizza and cakes - ideal for relaxing after an intense workout.
When I finally visited Oxygen a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to start bouncing. We started off by jumping between the interconnected trampolines, which proved tricky at first since I am a bit scared of heights! We then checked out the obstacle course. Here I tried - and failed - to walk across from one end to the other without falling in the foam! I also attempted to do several swivel hips in a row (the maximum I can do is 5). Unfortunately, we were only allowed to use the trampolines for an hour. While that is much longer than the time I had during sessions at university, I still didn't want it to end.
I loved the whole concept behind Oxygen Freejumping Park. It is so unique and will appeal to all ages, not just kids. I wish there had been something similar when I was younger. The only negative thing about Oxygen is that the venue is somewhat difficult to find - the map on my phone is not always reliable and I was meeting my colleagues from work at the park. I wasn't keen on walking down an alleyway by myself either, but luckily it was still quite light outside and there were other people about. It's only now I realise that there was another route, albeit longer.
If you're looking for something new to try in London, be sure to check out Oxygen Freejumping Park. Just remember to book in advance and arrive early - you don't want to have to wait until the next session. I'd recommend getting to Oxygen at least 20 minutes before your slot. I visited the one in Acton, West London, but there is another branch opening up in Croydon next month, just in time for the Easter weekend.