Inflate N Play indoor bounce arena to open in Canterbury
A huge indoor inflatable park will open in Kent in 2020.
The 6,000 sq ft arena, boasting seven-metre slides and climbing walls, is set to be up-and-running in Canterbury in January, creating 20 new jobs.
Based on the Canterbury Academy secondary school site, the bouncy attraction will be the second venture for northern company Inflate N Play.
Bosses say that as well as having fun on the inflatable, visitors will benefit from a healthy workout as they tackle the variety of obstacles.
Open for all ages, the centre revolves around a science theme with Professor Bounce being the company's mascot.
Paul Bolus, one of the firm's four directors, said: "This is our second site in the UK with a further 15 planned over the next 12 months.
"There is a limited number of attractions within the Canterbury area - in fact, this will be the first inflatable arena of this kind in Kent."
Due to being set up in a school sports hall, the arena will be open at the weekends and during holidays, but deflated during the week.
The original Inflate N Play opened in Blackpool this April and has proved to be a successful business venture for the team.
The large Canterbury site will boast slides, a slime pit and magnet mountain.
Another company director, Jeavon Trend, is urging adults to unleash their inner child and have a bounce at the Canterbury arena.
"It's not just open to children - it's for everyone," he said.
"We do a load of parties and charity events which are popular.
"It's just one massive inflatable - there aren't lots of different bits, it's an all-in-one inflatable which we can easily put up and bring down."
The soon-to-be opening of Inflate N Play comes a month after Canterbury welcomed its first indoor rock climbing centre, Chimera, on the Wincheap Industrial Estate.