If you’re flying into or out of Manchester, staying close to the airport is a great idea. Not only will you avoid that last-minute rush to check-in, you’ll also get to see some interesting places that you’d miss if you were booked into a city centre Manchester hotel.
Our Manchester (Handforth) hotel, for example, is only four miles from check-in, 35 minutes from the city centre and lets you experience all the peace and quiet of a village that dates back hundreds of years. But if the charms of the rolling Cheshire countryside sound a bit too sedate, you’re also just a short walk from the adrenaline rush that is Energi, a trampoline park in Wilmslow. Here the whole family can fling themselves around to their heart's’ content in a warehouse full of bouncy surfaces of all shapes and sizes. There are over a hundred connected trampolines to jump on, plus foam pits, a giant airbag and games like slam dunks and dodgeball to play. There’s even trampolines on the walls in the parkour area - great for impressing the kids with your double back flips.
But for those worried about their backs, you’ll also find the Energi Cafe has comfortable seats, delicious coffee and free Wi-Fi in case you wanted to take a sneaky look at your phone.
The main attraction is the Energi Jump sessions, where you’re given free range of the entire park for an hour. But that’s not the only thing you’ll find going on...
Who needs the gym to get in shape? Take part in an Energi Fit session and you can burn calories and tone up muscles you never even knew you had - and it’s fun! All fitness classes are run by trained professionals and there are some seriously good tunes to jump along to. Energi Fit classes take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.15am, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm, Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday at 7pm and cost £7 per person.
Energi Family and Energi Toddler
Special discounted sessions for families that cost just £20 for five people take place on Saturday afternoons from 5pm to 6pm and Sunday mornings from 9am to 10am. There are also special hourly sessions just for the under 5s. Energi Toddler sessions take place from Monday to Friday at 10am and 1pm, and little ones get free range of the whole park with Marshal, the monkey mascot, on hand to keep them entertained.
Not sure what to do with your teen on a Friday night? Take them to Energi Beat to party! Exclusively for kids aged 11 to 17, the excitement begins at 8pm when the lights come down and resident DJs take to the decks. Sessions last two hours, and they can bounce to the beat or just chill out with friends. You could just turn up on the night and pay £14 on the door, but be warned, it’s popular! Booking online will guarantee them a space and is cheaper at £12.95.
Kids aged from 5 to 11 can start their weekends off in style at Energi’s junior disco session, held every Friday night. Serious amounts of energy can be burned off before bedtime as they bounce along to all their favourite songs. Held from 6pm to 7pm, you’ll all be getting a great night’s sleep when you head back to your hotel after this! Book online for just £7.95, or it’ll cost £9 per child (or fun-loving adult) if you’d rather pay at the door.
No trampoline socks? No problem! Energi Wilmslow has everything you need to bounce in safety.
You’ll find Energi trampoline park at Epsom Avenue, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3PW and its phone number is 0161 672 6799. Watching the fun is free, but normal Energi Jump sessions cost £9.95 online, or £11 on the door. Off-peak sessions are cheaper, at £7.95 online or £9 on the door.
Energi is open everyday from 10am and 9pm, except on Fridays when it closes at 10pm and Sundays when it opens at 9am. A standard Jump session lasts an hour, but you can carry on jumping for a consecutive hour at half price. All jumpers aged 11 and under must be supervised by an adult.
All jumpers must wear Energi rubberised trampoline socks. These can be bought online as part of your booking, or you can buy them when you arrive at the park. They cost £2 and you can take them with you when you go. Not jumping? There’s free Wi-Fi available in the Energi Cafe.
The ground floor is fully accessible but the café and trampoline court can only be reached by stairs. There are special Energi Friendly sessions available for people with additional needs, where each jumper can be accompanied by a family member or carer free of charge.
When you’ve had enough bouncing, why not see what else the area has to offer? Less than two miles away from Energi trampoline park you’ll find Quarry Bank Mill, a fantastic National Trust property. Watch the steam-powered waterwheel in action, then take a guided tour around the Apprentice House to see where the child workers slept (on the rare occasions they weren’t working). Truly thought-provoking, there are also beautiful gardens and miles of woodlands to explore.
You’re also only two miles away from the gorgeous village of Cheadle. If you can tear yourself away from all the cute independent shops and cafes, the recreation space known as Bruntwood Park has acres of meadows, waterways and woods to enjoy.
There is a cafe on site with great views over the bouncing below. But if nothing on offer there takes your fancy, head to Handforth or nearby Wilmslow for a greater choice of eating options.
Old knee injury decided to play up again? And on the day you decided to go to a trampoline park? What mysteriously bad timing! Luckily the Energi Café is the perfect place to watch all the action - without having to take part yourself. Enjoy a coffee and a toasted panini along with a great view of all the bouncing below thanks to its mezzanine location and huge balcony. Then, if the kids want to refuel after their session, there’s a great range of pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and snack boxes, along with sweet treats from cookies and muffins to ice-cream and slushies.
Kids want a toastie, but you want something more filling? Avoid the arguments and head to the Topiary Restaurant at the Wilmslow Garden Centre. Here you’ll find brilliant breakfasts, delicious afternoon teas as well as main meals, such as their legendary Sunday roasts. Spacious inside, on sunny days you can enjoy some fresh air at terrace tables that overlook some gorgeous greenery. You may even be inspired to buy a plant or something crafty to do when you get home.
Handforth’s best-rated restaurant, Sofia’s Hellas Taverna, offers the most authentic Greek food you’ll find outside of an Athens ouzeri. Family-run (and fronted by Sofia herself) it’s a welcoming place with a meat sharing mezze that’s out of this world - and its generous portions will leave you feeling extremely satisfied. There’s traditional Greek entertainment and dancing at weekends, too - in fact, if you closed your eyes you could be in a quaint village taverna on the Greek islands.
You’ll find Energi trampoline park just off the A34 behind Tesco and Marks and Spencers.
Take the A34 from Manchester city centre until you get to Cheadle Hulme, then take the B5094 at the roundabout. Turn left onto Earl Road which becomes Epsom Avenue. It takes 35 minutes and there’s plenty of free parking once you arrive.
The most direct bus from Manchester city centre to Handforth is the 130 but it takes about an hour. Get on in Chinatown and get off at the Handforth Clinic stop, then it’s just a two-minute walk to the trampoline park.
Take the Northern train service from Manchester Piccadilly to Handforth - trains are frequent, running every 30 minutes, and the journey takes about 20 minutes. Once at Handforth Station, it’s a seven-minute walk to the trampoline park.
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