If you think soft play is just for the kids, think again, because Gung-Ho! is the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, and it’s returning to Leeds…
Fancy challenging your mates to a race with a difference? Then Gung-Ho! will be just up your street. It’s the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, and it’s returning to Leeds on Saturday 20th May 2017, bringing slides, ball pits, mazes and more to Temple Newsam for one long day of fun.
Gung-Ho! is the work of CBeebies presenter Alex Winters. “I was watching Ninja Warrior with my kids and they were saying how great it would be to do something like that. I immediately thought of It’s a Knockout, Takeshi’s Castle, Total Wipeout – TV shows that I and other people love but are never going to be able to take part in.”
And thus the event was born. For Winters, who lived here for two years between 2003 and 2004, the success of last year’s first event in the city has ensured there was no danger of it not returning in 2017. “As soon as last year’s visit had come to an end I knew I wanted to bring Gung-Ho! back to Leeds,” he explained. “Everyone was so up for Gung-Ho! and helped make it one of our best events yet. I saw from the stage how much fun everyone had and I am sure everyone will be all smiles again for our next visit. We are so excited to have secured Temple Newsam again as our event space, which will provide the perfect backdrop for our fun-filled run.”
So what exactly can you expect? Well, it’s a 5 kilometre course, a distance that’s akin to your usual fun runs, but along the way, you’ll be taking on ten different obstacles, three of which are new for 2017. They’ve got Europe’s tallest inflatable slide – Thriller is five storeys-high and 200 foot-long, jump from the top and slide down a stream of water at up to 40mph. There’s more where that came from. Think massive, adult-sized ball pits, muscle testing climbing walls and brain-teasing mazes, all in the beautiful surroundings of Temple Newsam park.
It’s a unique, and ultimately, really fun way to spend the day, that will put your fitness to the test while letting you embrace your inner child. The event is aimed at adults, but anyone over 4 foot tall can take part in Gung-Ho! and those who don’t meet the height requirements can show their support from the sidelines for free, so the whole family can get involved.
Tickets are already available, at a special early bird price of £31 which is available until Monday 27th February 2017. If you choose to help raise money for the event’s partner charity BBC’s Children In Need, you can get a discounted ticket, or you can get a standard one and raise money for whatever charity you like. Either way, Gung-Ho! was so popular in 2016 that it sold out, so don’t hang around. It promises to be one hell of a fun way to spend a Saturday.
Gung-Ho! is at Temple Newsam on Saturday 20th May 2017.Tickets cost £31 until Monday 27th February 2017.