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Play brand group Air-tastic scraps trampolines to invest in inflatables park

The new inflatable zone at Air-tastic Bangor Inflata and Ninja adventure centre
Gary McDonald Business Editor

AIR-tastic, part of the Funky Monkeys children's play brand, is scrapping its trampoline park in Bangor and converting it to an Inflata and Ninja adventure centre.

The facility has been operating since December 2016, and runs alongside similar parks in Belfast, Craigavon and Cork.

They'll remain as trampoline facilities for now, but Bangor closes its doors today (Monday) and will reopen on Friday June 14 under its new guise.

Located at South Circular Retail Park in Bangor, the new Inflata and Ninja adventure centre includes an Inflata zone, Ninja zone, interactive game zone, giant air-bag, café and birthday party rooms.

The new inflatable activities at Air-tastic Bangor include beat the wall, drop slides, wipe out, bouncing beds, rock n roll jousting platforms and bouncing balls.

There's also a new inflatable tot's area with slide, ball pit, stepping stones and bouncing bed for those aged between three and four.

Those wanting to master ninja skills can enjoy activities including gladiator beams, foam pits and hang tough rings, as well as still being able to leap onto the giant airbag and taking part in the aeroball and light chaser challenges.

Sharyn Ingrey, area manager for Air-tastic, said: “We're excited to be reopening as an Inflata and Ninja Adventure Centre and bringing new inflatable fun to Bangor. At Air-tastic Bangor you'll now be able to enjoy inflatable and ninja activities under one roof and for one great price. It will be fun for everyone.”

Air-tastic is owned and operated by SMS Platinum Group Ltd registered in Rathfriland, which also owns the Captain Green's space adventure golf brand and the Funky Monkeys soft play centre brand.

It has created more than 50 jobs at its various locations.

The company has previously benefitted from financial support from the £50m Growth Loan Fund.

Air-tastic's move away from trampolining to an inflatable facility mirrors that of its rival in the amusement and recreation activities sector, We Are Vertigo.

In January it opened the first indoor ninja warrior course on the island of Ireland in Titanic Quarter as part of an overall £1 million investment which created 10 jobs.

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