We paid £11.45 to get in (1 x 5 year old and 2 adults). This isn't uncommon for most soft play centres now to charge for adults. I don't have that much of a problem with it as we can use the frame with the kids.
Upon entering I was quite surprised at how big the place was but also disappointed by how small the play frame was. I was expecting some much bigger for the entrance price. As expected there was a small 2 storey play frame for those over 1 metre, a small car track, a climbing wall (which wasn't available), a large 3 storey playframe for those under 1m, a large baby area, a sports area plus a few arcade games. As with most soft plays they have a cafe and party rooms available.
Rebecca loved the cars that they on a little track under the right hand side of the main play frame. I think she spent most of her time here in the end. There is a sign at the entrance gate saying that shoes must be worn in the area. Now we hadn't notice it as there was a group of adults standing in front of it. It wasn't until Rebecca came back and said she has holes in her socks and I went off to investigate did I see the sign. So, if you are going, make sure you put shoes on your kids if they are using the little cars!
We did decide to eat lunch while we were here. The menu was actually quite reasonable. You could choose from a range of sandwiches, Jacket potatoes, salads, Burgers or Hot dogs plus a selection of sides. They also offered a kids lunch box which had a drink, Sandwich, crsips and piece of fruit in.
We also purchased a round of drinks (Tea, Coffee and a Slushie), a bowl of curly fires (to share) plus two small pre-packed cakes. The total cost was just under £25. There aren't many places you can buy lunch for that so I thought it was quite good value.
We spent a little over 2 hours at Big Sky and Rebecca certainly enjoyed it. I don't think we would be in any rush to go back at any point. I think the small playframe really lets this place down.
Overall it's a nice play centre to the kids to burn off some energy but a bit on the pricey side for what you get.
Who doesn't love afternoon tea right?
I must admit, I've put off having one as I am a fussy eater and don't like a lot of the fillings used in an afternoon tea. But, I have decided I at least have to try them. I doubt very much they will kill me if I do that.
Anyway, I was looking for themed afternoon teas. Nothing really fancy just something simply, that if we didn't like it, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I did a google search and a place called Spangles in Leamington Spa came up. I had a look at the website and found there were lots of different themed afternoon teas planned. After looking for a while we decided we would give the "Wizard" afternoon tea a try. Rebecca had just started to get in to the Harry Potter films so felt it was quite fitting.
Above: Some of the afternoon options
Around 20 mins later the food arrived. We had 2 adults and 1 child's afternoon tea.
The adults ones contained the following:
Bottom Tier: 3 sandwiches and a cheese wand
Middle Tier: Scones with Clotted cream & Jam, Bertie botts every flavour jelly beans and a Golden Snitch (ferrero rocher)
Top Tier: Sorting hat cupake, Chocolate covered oreo with a chocolate frog and a chocolate moose.
The children's one was the same except for the fact the sandwiches were plain ham and cheese.
Being a fussy eater, I only ate one of the 3 sandwiches. The one I did eat was very nice. The scones were good it was a shame that the clotted cream and jam were in packs rather than little pots (that might be me expecting a bit too much). The sweet treats were all very good and enjoyable.
There was also a range of Harry Potter props and dress up so Rebecca had a great time dressing up and pretending to be him.