Buzz Zone at The Beckenham Spa caters for babies, toddlers and children alike. There is a specific area for under fours and then larger play equipment for children up to the age of 11. The equipment includes: ball pits, slides, climbing frames, air machines, rope bridges and rocking animals. The café tables are situated on the perimeter of the soft play allowing parents to be able to watch their children whilst playing.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Buzz Zone at The Beckenham Spa is a cheaper alternative than Gambado’s but it does have less equipment. The area for the under fours has two slides, a ball pit, a ramp to climb, mirrors and rollers to sashay through as well as rocking soft play animals, an air machine and soft play shapes to fit into their casing. Seating in the café is well positioned to be able to look over the children playing although the soft play for under fours does have a very low ledge, which means the active baby / toddler frequently climbs out and can be found in the café area – not ideal when less observant parents leave hot drinks on the edges of tables within little fingers reach. The soft play for the older children provides rope bridges, climbing apparatus, rollers and of course a long slide to hurtle down. During term time the venue and equipment is clean but as with all things, they suffer a little during the school holidays. On the whole the equipment is in good condition and not too shabby.
Buzz Zone is available for private hire for birthday parties and also holds feature events throughout the year which they call ‘Night of the Buzz Zone’. Children of certain ages can stay the night on their own and younger children if accompanied by an adult and take part in themed activities.
The Café serves reasonable hot and cold meals along with snacks and hot and cold drinks. I feel the prices are slightly high but no more so than any other attraction. Each time I have visited there has only ever been one member of staff manning the café and also monitoring access / exit of families, which can sometimes lead to queues. The toilet / baby change facilities are ok, slightly basic but during the school holidays they could do with extra cleaning / staff checks.
Address: The Beckenham Spa, Buzz Zone, 24 Beckenham Rd, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4PF.
Tel: 020 8650 0233.
Playground: Indoor soft play – Buzz Zone.
Cafe: The Café is situated amongst the soft play equipment and there are high chairs available for those who need. The food served includes: snacks, hot and cold food, drinks including tea, coffee, etc. The food is priced slightly above average and children’s snacks, such as a bag of dried fruit, I feel are expensive. You are requested not to bring food or drink in from outside The Beckenham Spa.
Toilets: There are toilets within the Buzz Zone, which are compact but on the whole fairly clean (school holidays not so!). Baby Changing facilities are available.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Buzz Zone is accessible for all. Once through the main doors at The Beckenham Spa you are able to take a winding wide ramp down to the entrance of the Buzz Zone. You are asked to sign your children in and out and the gate is manned by the catering assistant so there should be no escapees! You are able to park your pram at the buggy park within Buzz Zone and take your belongings to an available table. The soft play itself involves lots of climbing.
Parking: pay & display. Reasonably pricey though. Neighbouring side roads have parking restrictions so do pay attention if not parking in the main car parks.
Nearest Station: Clock House.
Train: Clock House is less than five minutes walk to The Beckenham Spa and Beckenham Junction is approx. 20 minutes walk.
Phone: Tel: 020 8650 0233.
Review by Sarah Ingram.