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Bouncing fun at Jump Xtreme Bolton

Published April 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

On Saturday I took Ryan, Izebella and their friends to Jump Xtreme in Bolton. Jump Xtreme is a big trampoline centre. Inside are 95 interconnected trampolines which from a distance looks like one huge one. The main trampoline arena also has Jump boxes, blocks and angled jump pads for the more daring bouncers. 

As well as the main trampoline arena there is also a dodgeball arena, and slam dunk basketball on trampolines which is quite fun and makes it a little easier to get the ball in the nets. 

And if that wasn’t enough bouncy fun then there is also a large Xtreme stunt bag area. This has 4 trampoline platforms of varying height and run up to jump off into a huge soft air bag. 

One of these platforms is really heigh and only for the bravest among us. Izebella really seemed to like the airbag jump even tho she sometimes got a little stuck getting off it.

The air bag jump does seem a little dangerous as people are jumping into the same air bag from four platforms side by side. There was always a staff member there who directed when each jumper should go but the worry is that some idiot may not listen and jump at the wrong time resulting in a nasty people crash. However all seemed pretty safe when we went. 

I had not done any sort of trampolining for many years and I found I could bounce pretty high on the ones at Jump Xtreme. 

It was great fun and good exercise but also quite tiring after an hours session. Both Izebella and Ryan had a really great time trying all the areas and generally bouncing away for an hour.

An hours free jump session is £10 each and everyone jumping also needs special trampoline socks which can be purchased and kept for £2.00.  Under 4s cannot go on the main trampoline areas and instead have a smaller toddler area with a few trampolines and toys. Younger children ages 4-8 years can use any area but need to be supervised at all times. Children over 8 years are free to use all areas alone. 

As well as free jump sessions, Jump Xtreme also offers family sessions, teen nights, tots only, fitness sessions and birthday parties and they have centres in Bolton and Tamworth. Booking can be done online or pay at the centre. Visit the Jump Xtreme website for more information. 

Young driver experience 

Published March 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My 12 year old son is constantly talking about driving and having a car when he is old enough, so when the Young driver opportunity arose, I just knew I had to get him involved. 

Young driver gives children ages 10-17 the opportunity to learn how to drive a real car. The legal driving age in the U.K. is 17 years and young driver enable younger children to prepare for when they can legally drive on the road. Of course they can’t drive on the real roads yet but Young Driver has many specially set up venues across the U.K. where they can learn. We chose Manchester Ethiad.
The lessons are not a daily event, but rather specified dates and times. When we arrived there were a fair few people there already so it does seem to be popular and gets busy.

After signing Ryan in, he was greeted by his instructor and straight away placed on the driving seat. There was literally no waiting around, he was straight in a car to get his full 60 minute experience. 


Parents can travel in the back of the car with a child on a lesson. I chose not to as I had both girls with me and I thought me being there may put him off a little. They did provide a few chairs for parents to sit and watch and also sold hot drinks which is a good idea as it was freezing the day we went.

Although I was not in the car with Ryan, I was able to observe and watch what his car did. Each car has a number printed on the side so that it’s easy to spot which one your child is in. 

In just the space of one hour, my son had learned how to start a car, drive a car, reverse, parallel park and much more. It seemed to be a really informative lesson and he seemed to take it all in.


He got given a progress booklet in which his instructor recorded his progress and added notes on what needs to be improved. The lessons can be a one off experience or a continuous thing just like proper lessons for adults. Ryan can now drive better than me as I have unfortunately not had a single driving lesson in my life.


He did really well for his first lesson and is already asking to do another one. 

There is an option to purchase a recording of your child driving. This costs £15.00 but the staff kindly did ours for free. The recording is put on a USB stick to watch/download onto a laptop or compatible television/device.

Here is a short recording from Ryan’s experience. It shows two screens, one of him in the car and one of the road in front of him.

The lessons start from £34.95 for 30 minutes. Some centres also provide lessons for much younger children aged 5-10 years in special “firefly” 2 seater cars. 

Once a child has had a few lessons, they can then go onto a skills day where motorway type training can be learned. 

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