Booked an experience for myself, partner and two children aged 8 and 11. 11 year old and my partner loved it, but I and 8 year old did not.
The briefing was delivered in such a fast, bored monotone that I had to ask the instructor to repeat about how to enter the tunnel as that instruction was lost in his droning. The wind tunnel is so noisy that you have to wear ear plugs and can only communicate via hand signals or by being shown instructions on a screen. We were told not to make our painfully-tight goggles any looser, with the result that I and my partner still had red marks on our faces the next day. It did not help that I banged my elbow hard onto the wall early in my first minute and the pain tipped the overall experience into one that i did not want to continue. (The instructor does attempt to stop people banging into the walls by grabbing them as they start to slide towards them, but they can't catch everyone all the time). Overall iI found the experience overwhelmingly confusing and uncomfortable.
The instructors kindly tried to overcome my 8 year old's fears by letting her lie on the mesh floor and offering to increase the wind speed gradually, but she refused. They let us transfer our unused/unwanted second minutes to my partner and 11 year old so they had a third minute each.
My partner and 11year old also paid £5 extra to be taken high up the wind tunnel with the instructor. They enjoyed it, although we saw some people in an earlier group retching afterwards as you go up very fast, whilst spinning around fast, then come down fast - which is nauseating. We did however see a 5 year old in a later group being taken up and down the tunnel more slowly, so it depends on the instructors as to how intense this add-on is.
The center is clean except for the one and only toilet that is available just before entering the wind tunnel. I recommend that you downstairs before coming up and putting your flight suit on, as the upstairs toilet seemed to suffer from a lot of mis-aiming and was quite unpleasant.
The videos were unwatchable - when played at home they were stationary for 4 seconds then jerked into movement then were stationary again etc. As far as we could tell, they showed the flights of everyone in the group (of 10) not just us, but as they played so slowly and jerkily we could not watch as far as us.
If we lived closer my 11year old would have booked to come again. fFom the demonstration the instructor gave, it is clearly possible for some people to become very proficient and have fun. However I would not want to go again.
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