No Lectures? Procrastinating? Stuck for Something to do? We teamed up with Welcome to Yorkshire team to give you some great ideas for some days out in the Leeds area. Take your flat-mates along and go check out Xscape in Glasshoughton near Castleford, Wakefield.
“We’re all going surfing in Glasshoughton,” on the face of it might sound like something from a strange dream – but thanks to the Flow House at Xscape near Castleford, it’s a reality. A really good one.
The indoor attraction involves 40,000 gallons of water being propelled upwards which you then promptly leap head first into with just a foam board to break your fall – and it’s brilliant fun.
With the trained instructors teaching you the ropes and showing you how to try some tricks, you’ll feel like an expert within minutes – be warned though, when you think you’re good enough to show off, you’ll fall in a matter of seconds.
After about 30 minutes of your typical hour-long session, you’ll try and ‘flowboard’, where you surf on what is not dissimilar to a plastic skateboard deck, but without the wheels. Obviously.
The instructors guide you through every step, literally holding your hand until you can balance and do it yourself. Even if you do fall, the surface is akin to a trampoline so you bounce straight back again.
After all that adrenaline action, you might either need a break or more high octane action – and the Xscape complex has it all.
Daredevils can head down the 170m indoor SNO!zone, which uses over two tonnes of real snow. If you’ve always wanted to ski or snowboard, but think carving is only for a shoulder of lamb, then there are beginner courses for you to get your snow legs.
If the kids still aren’t tired, they can swing from the rafters on SkyRide where you can run across the rooftop assault course. People always say you should look up more, and we recommend doing so when you walk in to Xscape so you can see the impressive sight of children and adults alike hurtling around 15 metres in the air.
The complex is also home to a cinema and more than 17 different places to refuel including Pizza Express, Nando’s and T.G.I Friday’s – and plenty of shops.
Speaking of which, next door is Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village – big enough for a day out in itself. Treat yourself to some high end or high street items at outlet prices across 90 different stores including everything from GAP to Gaggia.
It’s got you covered for everything from skirts to snowboards and with free parking for both complexes, it’s well worth a visit – and, well, catch some waves.