Review: Flip Out Poole

With the exception of Tower Park, Poole has been distinctly lacking in facilities to keep the kids entertained, especially on rainy days.

Now that has changed with the opening of Flip Out, which is set in the old Marks & Spencers building in the Dolphin Centre.

Despite its name, it does not have trampolines like its sister sites, however, there are plenty of fun activities to keep the kids entertained.

One of the most attractive things about visiting Flip Out as a family is that it has a set price for either a 2 or 3 hour session and once you’re inside you can use the facilities as much as you like at no extra cost (with the exception of the arcade games on the ground floor.)

Flip Out is set on three floors, with the ground floor home to the arcade and reception area.

The first floor is home to is a small soft play for children 1.2m and under, a toddler play area, Interactive Football, the Bumper Cars, Party Rooms and cafe and seating area.


The second floor contains the E-Karts track, Laser Tag, Battle Canon Arena and the Roller Rink.


Tickets cost from £13.95 for two hours, £8.95 for children under 1.2m and Spectator tickets cost £2.50 but this can be redeemed back in their Diner, which serves classic fast food, including hot dogs, pizza, burgers and slushies.

We opted for a two hour session for our visit, which allowed the kids plenty of time to enjoy everything the centre had to offer, including several goes on their favourite activity – the bumper cars, but you may need a three-hour session if the centre is busy.

The E-Karts were also a big hit, although at 15, Isaac wanted them to be faster – he did manage to lap his fellow drivers though.

Unfortunately the roller rink wasn’t open for our visit, much to Eliza’s disappointment, but she managed to fill her time with the other activities, including shooting her brothers in the laser quest room.

The kids really enjoyed our visit and I would recommend Flip Out Poole to families with kids aged between 4 and 12 to really get the most out of the centre. If you are looking for soft play only for a toddler, you’d be better off visiting Lemur Landings at Tower Park or the Ark in Poole Park.

Disclaimer: We were invited to the opening night of Flip Out Poole for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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