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Inflatables are big in the UK, literally.

A new spate of inflatable-based events, aimed at young and old alike, are sweeping our fair isle, and audiences are jumping at the chance to attend.

For kids: Monstrous Festival at Printworks

Monstrous is a child-friendly festival experience for kids with seven zones and hundreds of activities for kids to enjoy. It takes place on 29 July at Printworks, Surrey Quays. Monstrous is aimed at kids aged 4-14, babies in arms are welcome and free of charge. There’s also a designated area for the under 4’s. Here’s the event highlights:

Arcade Alley

A digital world with 1000s of consoles for the kids to play with, including Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon, Fortnite Battle Royale, Retro Arcade Machines, Pacman, Donkey Kong & Street Fighter. All the best consoles too; PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch plus Animation Studios & Virtual Reality Booths!

Monty’s Monstrous Disco

The Main Stage hosted by Monstrous Monty himself! Live music & shows, famous radio dj’s & hosts. disco balls, confetti cannons, uv face painters, lazer show, dance competitions, talent shows, flash mobs plus special guests from children’s tv channels.

Inflatable World

Think of an inflatable world full of castles, slides, ball pits, The Biggest & Craziest Indoor assault course in the world, huge inflatable board games and more.

Magical Fun Fair Town

Monty’s Own Mini Theme Park with dodgems galore, go karts, the tea cups, little rides for the little monsters, trampolines, street performers, magicians, lazer quest, nerf arena, photo booths, super heroes, haunted house, retro fun fair stalls: coconut shy, shooting gallery, lucky dips, punch & judy show, hook a duck, test your strength hammer, circus acts, arial performers, fire eaters & much more all set in a magical town.

Princess Unicorn Land

A Monstrous Fairy Tale for the little princesses & princes, set in a magical kingdom this is a land full of unicorns, mermaids, princess characters, dressing up & selfie zones, beauty parlours, enchanted forests & flower walls, karaoke & singalong booths.

Baby Garden

One for the little ankle biters, no big kids allowed. This is an area for the 4yr olds and under. A chilled out atmosphere with baby sensory, parent & baby dance classes, messy & soft play, ball pits,  mini train rides & story time. all the favourite tv show characters.

The Big Outdoors

Street Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts for the creative kids. Petting Zoo, Football Academy Training, penalty shootout, urban beach & street performers.

For big kids: ‘The Monster’

The East of England Arena and Events Centre (EEAEC) recently announced that ‘The Monster’, a gigantic inflatable 300 metre bouncy obstacle course and party event, will be coming to the venue for four days from 30 August to 2 September, 2018 as part of its wider UK tour.

‘The Monster’, 300 metres long with 42 obstacles, begins its tour at Manchester Central on 25 May, before moving on to tour through 6 other major city venues, including Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh, and Alexandra Palace, London, and arriving at EEAEC in late August.

Joe Arditti and Nick Zuppar, promoters at Sunny Paradise Hotel Ltd, the operator and organiser of the obstacle course event and tour, described why EEAEC was chosen.

“EEAEC is ideally situated for ‘The Monster’,” said Arditti, “It provides a full scale, modern and flexible venue in an area underserved by events and experiences like ours. Its excellent road and rail links, free parking and flexibility made it the stand-out venue for the region.”

Zuppar continued, “The Monster, our latest and biggest inflatable obstacle course, is going to draw even bigger crowds than ‘The Beast’, our previous event, and EEAEC has the scope and scale to accommodate not only ‘The Monster’, but also the dazzling array of street-food pop ups, craft beer stalls, cocktails bars and many other attractions that help create the party atmosphere we want at every venue.”

Dean Rees, EEAEC’s business development manager welcomed the decision by Sunny Paradise Hotel Ltd., saying “’The Monster’ is going to be a very popular event if last year’s touring success of ‘The Beast’ is anything to go by. We’re looking forward helping make it a long, bouncy weekend to remember.”

This year, The Monster dares you to let loose your inner child as the world’s biggest bouncy castle experience announces a full UK tour with tickets on sale now. At nearly 300 metres long, The Monster is one of the world’s largest inflatable obstacle courses and hands down the craziest nostalgic bouncy castle experience for adults.

The brainchild of the events team who unleashed sell-out events with the The Beast in London (Alexandra Palace) and Birmingham (NEC) in 2017, The Monster is bigger, better and more bonkers than ever before.

Run, bounce, dance and jump your way around The Monster and regress to your childhood as you take on 42 brand new obstacles including an 18m ‘Mega Slide’, a ‘Tunnel of Love’ and ‘The Bouncy Cage of Doom!’

The fun doesn’t stop once you’ve conquered The Monster. With your adrenaline pumping, you’re bound to have worked up a thirst and a serious appetite – enjoy a wide range of delicious street food, refreshing super-cocktails, craft beers and much more from a host of mouth-watering street food pop-ups.

Lighting and AV will have been set up by Hawk AV – which is now in-house supplier to EEAEC.