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I was looking for somewhere to go for a night or two for my birthday and came across a leaflet for Xscape and thought it would be ideal as it was close enough to get a minibus and seemed to have various things to do under one roof and I wasn't disappointed.
Xscape was built in 2003 and £56 million has been put into it, it is huge so you can't miss it and the building is kept clean, there are plenty of safety measures in place for each activity and there is always someone around should you need to ask for help with anything.
Xscape is located on the M62 at junction 32 and is easy to access by car, it is not so easy to get there using public transport but it is worth the effort to get there. There is a Travel Lodge right next to the building and a few bed and breakfasts nearby. The group of 16 I was with stayed in a pub about 10 minutes away which provided a minibus to take us there and back which was a bonus.
One of the things that made me choose Xscape to visit was the fact that unlike many other tourist attractions there is no entry fee and you just pay as you go for whatever activities you choose to take part in. The bars and restaurants are also reasonably priced.
Food and drink
There are a few choices of places to eat and drink and something for all ages including Burger King, Frankie and Benny's, Ask, Subway, Nando's, TGI Fridays and Pizza Express.
There are a few bars and pubs and they all have really contemporary, clean decor and comfortable surroundings. Most of these are open from lunchtime until 11 or 12 at night and have music, cocktails and live entertainment.
Things to do
I stayed 2 nights near Xscape and went to Xscape 2 days, the first day for activities and the second day for relaxing, eating and drinking. After 2 days you've pretty much seen it all and it would be a good place just to go for a day trip. It's a great place for families as there really is something for everyone including:
A bowling alley with bar, DJ, pool tables and arcade open 12 til late
A cinema open from 9am til late (on Saturday mornings they show junior movies for £1)
An indoor skate park with equipment hire
Indoor skiing and snowboarding, lessons are available and equipment hire
Aerial assault course
Soft play area with a party area and an area just for toddlers
The whole group I went with did the laserzone and bowling and had a good laugh, a few of the more daring tried the indoor skiing and aerial assault course but us wimps still had fun as there is a viewing area where you can sit and have a drink, take pictures and laugh at the others falling over!
Since I was there they have also added a cosmic golf course which is an indoor mini golf course lit up in brightly coloured UV lights I have seen pictures and it looks very cool I think children would love it.
Each of the activities is individually priced so you can spend as much or as little as you like. Outside Xscape there was also a funfair, I am not too sure if it is always there or if it is seasonal.
There are a few shops mainly selling sports equipment and clothing, there is also a shopping outlet centre just around the corner although it is nothing to do with Xscape itself.
I would recommend a day or weekend here to people of all ages, it's a great day out without having to spend a fortune!
I live in Pontefract, and am a frequent visitor at Xscape, Castleford
Not only do they have more tempting resturants than you could imagine (Nando's, Frankie & Benny's, Ask) but they also have an excellent gym, Xercise4Less.
I have just signed up to become a gym member, and couldnt believe how cheap it was to sign up. At just £15 a month I can use all the equipment, and best of all attend all the classes for free!
I recently attended the Karate class on Thursday evenings, as it is something i have always wanted to try, but got far too nervous at the last mniute!
The class was excellent. I felt relaxed and at ease with the Instructors, I will definitely be returning, and best of all - it's included in my gym fee!, what more could i ask for.
Another thing i love about this gym is the new therapy room they have opened. I booked a back massage, and acupressure face, neck and shoulder massage with Neemaf Complementary Therapies and it was amazing!
I love my massages and i was amazed to discover what excellent value for money this one is.Not only that, but as they are fairly new they have lots of offers going on. Bliss!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It made me feel relaxed after my workout, and really took away the headache I had as a result of a hard day at work. Even my boyfriend has now made a booking. Amazing!
I live approximately 2 miles from Xscape, and I'm there without fail at least once a week. Not only is it right next door to Freeport, but it's a great place in its own right. I eat out probably at least once a week there (Nando's, Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Frankie and Benny's, Ask...) and have met friends for coffee at the Starbucks countless times :)
The cinema is another great option there, as is the bowling alley. There's a kids' soft play area upstairs, which while loud, is a huge bonus for parents (and those babysitting...!). I've never been skiing there, but I've watched many-a-time whilst at the gym. Xercise4less is the name of the gym which is placed upstairs towards the back of the complex. There's also a beauty place within the gym called True Beauty, which often has some brilliant deals.
What else?? There's a climbing wall, a high-ropes course, an ice wall (I think!) and plenty of bars, some of which are lovely little coffee shops in the day time. There's a Subway, a Chiquito's (though is the SLOWEST service ever...), a newsagent, outdoor-sports shops, vending machines, fairground-type rides outside, clothes stores... so much. It really is an ideal place for so many things.
Beware Saturday nights where there can be an influx of scantily dressed teenage girls, but apart from those disturbing views, it is a great place to meet friends and observe the goings on :)
Just spent a weekend in Leeds and after passing Xscape every trip into Leeds city centre I was curious to see what this place was.
Let me just say that this place has everything!
There's about 1400 space car park including an overflow carpark, right next to a shopping outlet, includes cinema, bowling, arcades, several retaurants, club, pool hall, rock climbing, snow boarding.
I took a trip here late on a friday night, so the majority of places where already shut but the atmosphere was amazing, flashy cars parked out the front that you can get your photo taken with. ( the flashing lights enticed me)
restaurants include Ask, Chinese, plus Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut and KFC outside.
Cineworld is fairly priced, cheaper than what my local one is, seats are very cumfy with cup holders....kind of think that my local showcase is very out-dated lol
Anyway, this is a great a place to spend a day doing some extreme sports or just catching a film or bowling. If you prefer to have a night out then it has some great restaurants and club or just relax with a film.
Would deffinitly recommend this place
Xscape is a great (if expensive) day out for the whole family. There is just so much to do. It is set up sort of like a mall, containing Snozone, rock climbing walls, high wire ropes, a cinema complex, Lazer quest, bowling, an amusement arcade, kids soft play area, a gym, skating, a starbucks, several chain restaurants (including Nandos and Pizza Express), and several outdoor sports shops.
Snozone is an indoor ski slope with real snow and facilities for snowboarding, skiing, and sledging. Equipment can be hired, brought, or bought from one of the shops in the complex. Activities suitable for all levels are available, the basic rule is that if you can control speed, stop, turn, and use ski lift, you can be let loose. If not lessons are available, the minimum age for snowboarding lessons is 7, skiing 3 or 4. Prebooking is advisable.
The rockclimbing wall offers half hour sessions for £8 and is great for beginners, although pretty expensive for what you get.
There is so much to do at Xscape, it is unlikely anyone could get bored, but if so, conveniently situated across the car park is an retail outlet village.
Outside are several children's rides such as bouncy castle, fun house etc.
Expect to part with a lot of cash!
Xscape have sites at Milton Keynes and Braehead, Glasgow but my nearest one is Castleford, Leeds approximately 1 1/2 hours drive from Newcastle.
Xscape Castleford opened in October 2003 and is located at Junction 32 on the M62 near to Leeds. Built by XLeisure to develop an old colliery site, it is dominated like all their centres by Sno!Zone, an indoor snow slope for skiing and snowboarding.
This was the main reason for my initial visit as I wanted to get some practice for my girlfriend and I before I took her for her first snow holiday, but Xscape offers a lot more than just this as the 430,000 square feet complex also includes rock climbing, aerial assault, Subvert skate park, Cineworld cinema, ten-pin bowling, laserzone, dodgems, gym, cosmic golf, soft play, shops, bars and restaurants. We ended up going for the weekend and booked into the Premier Travel Inn that is located across the road from the centre.
The slope is 200m long with 2 drag lifts, a sledging area and a nursery slope with rope tows for lessons and begineers. To use the main slope you must be competent enough to be able to control speed, link turns and use the drag lift (poma). If you need to book lessons the staff on site are excellent and the lessons my girlfriend took were very helpful to her. We have been several times and usually go for the 'Fresh Tracks' in the morning on a weekday when I get time off work as it is a good deal and the slope is also quiet. You will need to keep checking on the website for updated prices and availability as the slope does get used for various skiing and snowboarding competitions throughout the year and the slope does get set up with jumps for this. Normally only a single drag lift operating unless the slope gets busy, also they can be fairly slow taking about 3 minutes for you to reach the top of the slope, need to be careful here as there is usually an icy patch just after you let go of the lift and you need to keep your wits about you. For a beginner or intermediate the slope is great for getting some practise, but an advanced skieer or snowboarder may find the slope limiting and a bit tedious after a short while.
After being on the slope you can go to the SnoBar which has views on to the slope. the bar has an alpine feel and you can have a drink and bite to eat from 9am-9pm.
I thoroughly recommend Sno!Zone even though it is a bit expensive.
As you walk into Xscape the 2 climbing walls dominate the entrance. You go up the escalator and turn right to find the booking desk. I tried the 3 week Adult Start Up Course to learn the basics, how to harness up, how to belay, and various climbing techniques. This cost me £60 and runs on Monday nights from 6.15pm - 8pm. Thereafter you can get a 25 minute session at peak time for £8
Skyride is also great fun, an obstacle course set 15m above the main entrance. It was the first of its kind in the UK and anybody can have a go from the age of 6+. You have 2 safety lines and you just follow the metal tracking and complete the wooden and rope obstacles along the ceiling. You get an excellent view and its quite exciting, especially as I don't like heights that much. It costs £8 for a one lap session.
Subvert Skate Park
I haven't been on here as yet, but had a look and it does look good. You can pay for 2 hours, 4 hours or all day, and get a discount if you become a member. Membership costs £25 and you get a t-shirt, 10% discount vouchers and cheaper rates, you get all day riding for £10 or £12 if you are a non-member
Cineworld on the first floor has 14 screens, great screens and sound. The seat are really comfortable and you can get some real bargains depending when you go. Normally an adult ticket costs £6.30, adult before 5pm is £5.30, student/seniors £4.70, children (14 and under) £4.90, Premium seats are £8.50
Monday Classics - enjoy a classic film every Monday with coffee and biscuits for only £2.50
Bargain Tuesdays - enjoy any movie for only £4.40 or £6.50 for VIP bargain seats!
Movie Club for Juniors - enjoy a movie and games for only £1 every Saturday morning
In the centre itself you have several shops aimed at extreme sports and outdoor activities:
Subvert Board Store, Trespass, Surfanic, Land Rover, ARK, Adrenalin Junkie, Evans Cycles, Extreme Eyewear, Ellis Brigham
Located next to Xscape is also an outlet shopping centre 'Junction 32' with a big range of outlets www.junction32.com
Food & Drink
There are several places to grab a snack, a drink or a meal. These include; drink/fast food places Burger King, Subway, Starbucks; some well known high street restaurants Nandos, Chiquitos, Pizza Express, Frankie & Bennys, Wetherspoons/Lloyds Bar and also Fusion, Bella Italia, The Loft, Glassroom, Rockies Bar, Flaming Dragon. Now I've been to a few of these but not all, the choice is really good not just for taste Spanish, American, Portugese, Italian and English but also for peoples budgets.
I really think Xscape is a great place for all the members of the family. Even though over the course of a day it can be quite expensive it is worth return visits, great all year but especially during the bad weather of the winter months. I wish that we had one of our own in Newcastle. We don't have an indoor slope and I know if it was on my doorstep I'm positive I would get an annual pass for the snow slope.
Also an xscape in Milton Keynes and Glasgow
After having a moan to my friend about never doing anything at the weekend, she recommended I visit Xscape at Castleford. (There are also Xscapes at Milton Keynes and Glasgow). I had never heard of the place, but now I have I would recommend it to everyone. There are loads of different activities to do there, including cinema, bowling, skiing, ice slides, sledging, laser quest, rock climbing and gym (hopefully I haven't missed any). The activities we did were Aerial Assault and cosmic golf.
When organising the day I went onto the website which was helpful. On there there is a full list of the activities with prices etc. Unfortunately I couldn't find information on how to book so called the number. This was a typically frustrating automated message, and after about 4 different choices I worked my way through to the aerial assault. In the end I didn't book, as you have to pay in full (£8) per person.
On the day, looking up at the assault course we all thought it looked a little small, however when you are up there it certainly feels very high and the half hour that the course takes was plenty enough time for us. The instructor we had had a good sense of humour and had us doing extra things made it even scarier. It was a really good experience and I felt that £8 was reasonable.
The cosmic golf is a crazy golf course, set in a glow in the dark room. You are provided with glasses that make everything 3D. We found it really hard to actually play in the glasses, so took them off. But you should keep them on, as after we found out that if you wear the glasses things will 'jump' out at you.
It was a fun day and I look forward to returning and trying out the other activities.
SO WHAT IS THIS PLACE THEY CALL XSCAPE?
Xscape, Castleford describes itself as "the ultimate entertainment destination" a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with. It is the only place I can think of where one can eat, drink, watch a movie, bowl, ski/snowboard, shop, rock climb, skate, or exercise under one roof! Xscape really does capture the true meaning of the saying "something for all the family".
Xscape Castelford is located just off Junction 32 of the M62 and with over 1,400 FREE parking spaces finding somewhere to leave the car is never a problem. For those who don't drive it is accessible by both bus and train from nearby cities, including Leeds and Wakefield. It's impossible to miss, especially at night when a great laser beam type light emanates from its rooftop!
Xscape is my venue of choice whenever I'm arranging a social gathering with friends, particularly in winter when it's cold and wet outside and I don't want to be walking from restaurant to pub to cinema to pub! There's a food venue to suit everyone including Nando's, Chiquito's, Ask, Pizza Express, Bella Italia & a Chinese buffet restaurant. There are also plenty of bars to choose from, including a Llyods and for those who want a non-alcoholic beverage Starbucks do a wicked coffee!
BUT WILL I BE ENTERTAINED?
In terms of entertainment there is a HUGE Cineworld on the upper level. Just head up the escalator as you walk in the entrance. Also up there is Laserzone for those who like laser adventure and a games arcade complete with dodgems! If you bear right as you enter Xscape you'll find the bowling alley, which has a generous 20 computerised lanes, pool tables and offers a DJ & Dance Floor for Friday and Saturday nights! Be warned though, after 6pm Mon-Fri and on weekends the bowling section is always busy and there's a wait for lanes.
I WANT SOMETHING MORE HEART STOPPING!
For those who prefer slightly more adventurous activity then I suggest the Sno! Zone - complete with a 170m long snow slope offering skiing, snow boarding and even tobogganing at certain times. There is also a learning slope so novices can practice their skills before been allowed to progress to the main slope. Lessons are available as is hire of equipment and clothing. Prices vary according to activity and time on the slope but you get a bet deal if you go before 5pm Mon-Fri.
For those feeling less adventurous I highly recommend the Sno! Bar which offers panoramic views of the snow slope. I like nothing better than sitting back; sipping a cocktail (or 6) and watching the more energetic people ride up and down the slopes. Add a bowl of fries to the equation and it's a very pleasant way to pass the time!
Ice skating is also available and can be found near the entrance to Sno! Zone. It costs £6 for adults and £4 for children for a 30 minute session. For those who prefer to skate on dry ground Xscape also houses a skate park and again equipment is available to hire.
One thing you won't miss when you enter Xscape is the rock climbing walls that towers above you as you walk through the doors. Above the climbing walls and 15m high up is the Sky Ride aerial assault course. I haven't dared venture on either of these as I tend to get an adrenaline rush just by looking up and watching everyone else up there. Both the wall and assault course cost around £8 per person.
Shops are available within Xscape however these tend to be focused on action adventure/surf style outlets and sell clothing and equipment that suit the activities Xscape offers. Cash machines are also available, one near the entrance as you enter and another near to Sno! Zone.
Overall Xscape is a great place for a fun filled day and night out. I'm lucky enough to live close by but even for those who don't it's worth a visit with something to suit everyone's tastes. And there's a hotel over the road for those wanting to make it a real break of it as well as a discount designer outlet next door!
The address for this complex is: Xscape Castleford, Colorado way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, WF10 4TA.
For more information and to see pictures of all the action the website is excellent quality: http://www.xscape.co.uk/snow/castleford
-- The Basics --
Xscape is pretty much the entertainment capital of Yorkshire. Full of sports, leisure, shops and eating places it's the perfect combination for an excellent attraction for all ages. Xscape has won a number of prestigious awards for its services and keep on getting better.
Located right next door to the Junction 32 outlet shopping village and the premier Inn hotel. It's in the perfect location for a fun weekend away.
Another great thing about Xscape is their free parking facilities. An overspill is also located nearby ensuring that you'll always get a space
Each different activity has varying opening hours but the actual centre opens at 6:30am and closes at 2:00am plenty of time to get everything sorted
-- Activities --
Snow slope - Offering the country's biggest real snow slope and a variety of activates such as Skiing, snowboarding and even tobogganing. Prices varying from £13 to £31 for skiing and snowboarding passes dependant on time of day, length of pass and age of participant.
Rock climbing - Two rock climbing walls offering anyone from the age 6+ the chance of an exhilarating climb, all abilities tended to with beginner and advanced climbing. Costing £8 per 25 minute session
Skyride - The first of its kind to be opened in the UK it hangs a huge 15m high above the main entrance. This aerial assault course is a fun experience for anyone age 6+. Costing £8 for one lap of the course.
Skate park - Offering ramps, bars and jumps a perfect place for all budding skateboarders to practice their skills. Prices vary from £5 to £12 dependant on if you're a member and how long it's for.
Cinema - One of the many cineworld complexes located around the country 14 screens offering the best in new films. Prices varying from £4.70 to £8.50
Bowling - 20 computerized bowling alleys located in an arcade what more could you ask for? Prices Varying from £2.80 to £5.10
Laser zone - The ultimate laser activity stalk fellow competitors and become number #1 guaranteed fun for any age. Prices varying from £4.99 to £5.50
Plus many more exciting facilities such as dodgems, fitness club and beauty studio
--Food and drink --
A variety of different restaurants and cafes offering food from all over the world whether its Italian or English, Spanish or American you're sure to find somewhere to suit your tastes.
Xscape is extremely spacious and in total is 430,000 square feet. I couldn't praise the facilities more to be quite honest it's excellent for disabled. Clean comfortable and generally a child friendly environment
-- The Cost--
This can cost as little or as expensive as you want. Entry into Xscape is completely free and you only pay for the activities you participate in
An excellent day out no matter what your interests you're sure to find something to do in this one of a kind complex
The review I am about to write is about the Xscape leisure complex in Castleford, near Leeds. It is an entertainment complex that provides numerous different activities to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
As soo as you walk up to the huge complex you can see a fairground outside, there are also lots of restaurants outside the complex, including Nandos, Burger king and Chiquitos to name but a few.
When you enter the complex the first ting that you see is an Ariel assault, this is made up of a climbing wall, rope bridges, a sky ride and many more activities, anyone from the age of 6+ can use this, so it is a great way to keep the children amused.
There are lots more restaurants and shops within the complex, there are a couple of surfing clothes shops, where they sell skiing and surfing equipment. There is a Frankie and Benny's and an Ask restaurant, plus many other different restaurants.
There is a large set of escalators immediately in front of you as you enter and at the top of these you will find a Cineworld cinema, this shows all the latest releases and even has a junior movie club, so children can visit for a reduced rate.
The Xscape complex also has a bowling alley, with an amusement arcade, so there are plenty of different options for children of all ages.
Other facilities within the complex are a snow slope for people wanting to practice their skiing, a skate park, a rock climbing wall, some of my friend are avid rock climbers and have used this wall in the past, they said that it is a great place to go and practice. There is a laser zone, dodgems, cosmic golf and even a soft play area for the younger children.
I think you can safely say that you could come here either by yourself or with the children and you could have a fun filled day out, with plenty of activities to keep you interested.
Whenever we have visited here it has always been busy, so be prepared for this. I once visited here on a Saturday night with my friends, we went bowling and were then going to have a meal afterwards. None of the restaurants in the complex take bookings on a Saturday, so it is a first come first served basis. All the restaurants were so busy that we would have had to wait over an hour to get a table, therefore we gave up waiting and headed to a restaurant closer to home. So I wouldn't recommend going there on a weekend for a nice meal. However I have eaten here a lot throughout the day and there has never been a wait, so I would recommend it at quieter times. There is plenty of car parking, so we have never struggled to find a space.
The address for this complex is: Xscape Castleford, Colorado way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, WF10 4TA. The website address is, www.xscape.co.uk
Xscape is a fun day out for all the family, although be warned it could become expensive.
There are a number of restaurants such as Frankie and Bennys, Chiqitos etc. There is also a bowling alley, Cineworld Cinema, Rock Climbing Wall and a Ski Slope.
THE SKI SLOPE
This is perfect for anybody who can ski but is still in the process of learning. You are not allowed on the slope alone if you are unable to ski, you are told that you need to have lessons which cost £20 per person per hour. It costs £21 for an hour skiiing on the slope and this includes boots and ski hire. Please be warned, it is absolutely freezing so wrap up warm. You can hire coats, gloves, salopets etc from a shop within the complex. There are 2 drag lifts on either side of the slope. Advanced skiers be warned it can take approximately 3 - 4 minutes to get to the top of the slope and around 30 seconds maximum on a slow run to get back down (after the first couple of runs it can get a little tedious).
THE ROCK CLIMBING WALL
I didn't actually go on the climbing wall but my fella did and he really enjoyed it. First things first if you are planning on going on the wall I suggest you ring before and book a time as there were not a lot of spaces left when we arrived. The wall has lots of different parts to it, consisting of easy, medium and hard routes. It costs £8 for a 30 minute sessions and climbing shoes are provided.
In all we had an excellent day out but spent a little more money than anticipated.
Xscape at Castleford is located just off the M62 and has lots of attractions for the family.
There are a number of ourdoor shops here although be warned some of the gear is a lot more expensive here than if you went into Leeds for instance.
But the main attractions are the Hughe Ski slope with real snow, the Rock climbing on the indoor climbing wall where you can book lessons or even an introductory course which I have done and is highly recommended
There is a massive cinema here that is reasonably priced and plenty of eating places! like Nando's Ask and Chiquitos so when you finsihed skiing or climbing you can go and refuel.
They did have an ice climbing wall aswell but I don't think this was very popular and has now been removed which is a shame.
Easily accessible and unique, its great to try out these activities here.