“ Leisure World Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 4JW Tel +44(0)1442 292207 „
Warning: I travelled 15 miles with 2 boys one 18 months and other one five year old. Car parking was good, tickets were very expensive and they charged me £1 extra for paying by debit card not credit card, staff average, cleanliness average, pool water very cold both my sons were shivering, no rides like mini slides for 2 year olds, in shower water was very hot even for me. I have to take my son without even washing out shampoo properly from his head because of hot water. He was crying. Lockers charge 20p everytime you open them with key. I don't know how the dryers were free. Honest opinion if you travelling specially with babies and toddlers please dont bother. I am really scared of my younger one catching cold.
Leisure World is a complex in Hemel Hempstead England where you can bowl, Swim or take in a movie. The complex is in Jarman Park, about 2 miles from Junction 7 on the M1 next to Tesco's supermarket.
The complex has been there for a number of years and was a part of my Childhood.
The complex has a small water park call aqua splash, an ice skating rink called Silver blades, an Empire Cinema, a bowling alley, arcade, bar and a pizza hut.
The aqua splash park is the best around the area. It has 4 slides a lazy river, rubber rings and a shallow end for kids. The pool area is clean and it also has a place to get a drink and snacks. The prices are about £6 a person.
Silver blades is a ice rink. The rink has a volcano in the middle where you can stop site and meet friends. You can rent skates for £1 and the entrance fee is about £5 a person.
The bowling area in not that big with 20 lanes. The area could do with some renovation. It costs £3 a game. The area to the side of the bowling has 8 pool tables at £1.50 a game at peek times.
The cinema here is a run by Empire and as 7 screens. A ticket is £7 a person. The screens are in good condition but the seats could be staggered better.
The complex also has 3 clubs, lava, Jumping Jacks and ignite.
The area has a pizza hut, Burger King and a McDonalds of course. It is a good area to hand out with friends or take in a movie.
Just to let you know that the two clubs visage
and ethos have closed down .They now have two new clubs
called ignite and lava also the cinema is no longer
called odeon it is now called Empire cinema.The cinema
changed just a couple of days ago.The reason
this has changed is because it was built in 1995.It was a temporary building and was only meant to stay open 6 years.
But it didn't .It is still avalible today and it has been
opened for 11 years so far.Because of this they have to
update some of the places in leisure world.Sadly it might close in a few years because the building is getting too
old.However if it does close the building and the structor
and the name of it will stay there .nothing of what i just said will not change.i reccomend this to all the familys
What a great concept let down by poor implementation. Basic principles of Jarman Park Swimming is great. The place is an out and out leisure pool. No lengths, just fun. Now that's the good side out of the way, what's the real story? The pools are cold, and I mean very cold. Leisure swimming is not a high energy work out, it's a splash around in the pool. My children swim for their town and they are used to swimming 40 lengths as warm up in a pool where the temp is cool! They commented that the place was freezing. We queued for 40 minutes for one flume ride. This was typical as we queued for the next one and it took us almost as long (My kids didn't want to stay in the water and would rather queue, that says it all for me as far as the temp goes!) The flume rides are great (especially the space bowl) but certailnly not worth the wait. The lazy river (optional tube ride) was good although having only 8 tubes for all the people was woefully inadequete! We stayed for an hour and 30 (considering the queues that was no time at all). Two of the "attractions were closed (advised at the front desk) and looked like they had been for some time. The place wasn't cheap to get in, combine that with the long queues, cold water and closed attractions, it is bad.
I visit Hemel Leisure World quite regulary and i find it fabulous.I usually go to auqa splash.The last two times that i have been to auqa splash there has been a problem with either the rides or some other thing. The most recent time i went was only a couple of days ago and there was a problem with some of the rides so they were closed and the water temperature was very cold, we got a discount for this but it was no where near as good. At leisure World There is alot of activitys to do for all ages such as: The Cinema The cinema has about 10 screens. All of the screens are fully air conditioned and spacious.Three screens are used for big movies and the others are for smaller movies. Ice Skating The ice rink at Leisure World is great, it is rather big and in the middle there is an island which you can sit down and have a rest. There is a D.J there which plays all sorts of music and plays the odd game like bull dog.Around the edge are seats for your mums and dads that don't fancy ice skating. Auqa Splash At auqa splash there is loads of great slides and a lazy river. There is slides for young kids who are scared and then there is a couple of slides for the more grown up which are a bit more scary.The only problem is there is usually something wrong.For those who don't want to swim then is a seating area. There is many other attractions there and lots of places to eat. So overall its a great day out and i would reccommend it to everyone
If you visit Hemel then you are more than likely to pay a visit to Leisure world (or wolly world as locals call it) at Jarman's park. The site has many attractions and most of them are quite good. As you walk in the door you will first notice the multi screen cinema complex, which is pretty good. Most screens have air conditioning and surround sound, the only problem is that they do tend to miss out the smaller films to show the big movies on three screens. As you go further in you will see the Jumpin Jacks bar, which is pretty good, although they do play the music a little bit too loud (seriously your ears ring for days after) and the Kidz zone, which I am told by my Nephew is well worth a go, but will only entertain for a short while. Move further in and you will find a Burger King, which I strongly recommend you give a miss (use the McDonalds outside). Next you will find an arcade area, which houses a host of games, including shoot em ups and driving simulators and the hot shots bar, which serves a wide range of drinks, but is strictly over 18's only. Go round the corner and you'll find the twenty odd lane bowling ally which is quite secluded, allowing you to play your game in peace. Go down the stairs and you'll find the ice rink, which is a decent size and has a DJ and volcano in the middle (something for you to aim for, makes a change to going round in circles). The last thing you'll come across is Aqua Splash, which features rapids, slides and tunnel flumes (by the way you must experience the space bowl). The only two things that remain are the night clubs, Visage and Ethos. Visage is an over 18's club that play's house and garage stuff, but unfortunately it does seem to attract the wrong sorts of people. Ethos is an over 25 venue and the music can be quite varied. Although the over 25's age limit is quite annoying is does ensure that you avoid the drugged up teeny boppers. Be warned that the outside of wol
ly world can turn into a louts playground in the evening, so get inside quickly.