Last Sunday the girls and I had a playdate arranged to meet up with Emily's old school friend. We had planned to meet at Retroskate Great Yarmouth. For those of you who don't know, Retroskate is situated on the seafront in town, adjoined to The Marina Centre.
As you approach the building you can find a large car park to the right, this has a reduced rate fee for customers of Retroskate, priced at just £1 for 3 hours (take your ticket into Retroskate to get it stamped when you pay, then pop it back into the car.)
As you enter, you can see the skating arena immediately and the girls were jumping about with excitement! It was fairly quiet when we arrived and we quickly paid and were given wristbands and skate hire cards.
In order to obtain your skates you will need this card and to hand in your own footwear.
Prices start from just £4, full details on pricing and opening times are available here.
Around the side of the rink you will find the Skate hire desk, a seating area with some arcade-style games, the skate shop, toilets, cafe and Party Area. Both of our girls have had Retroskate parties and we found that they were very well looked after, plenty of food and jugs of squash. You get a choice of hot foods or buffet food. We've had both and found them equally as good. There is also a small skating area near the Cafe and Party zone for children under 5 years to skate. I've often seen older children in here and so long as they aren't messing about or stopping little ones from using it, then the staff are lenient.
Whilst the girls were getting their skates on I popped back out to put the stamped car park ticket back in the car, then we found a table. The upper level of Retroskate has plenty of tables overlooking the rink and we found a great viewing point. Then the girls were off.
We were joined by Emily's friend soon after we arrived and whilst she was getting her skates on, my two whipped off to get some drinks.
Kids soft drinks and cup drinks start from just 50p but mine always ask for a Slushie when we go and they are just £1.50.
And I like to treat myself to a large Mocha, priced at £1.60. Although this is from a machine it is really nice, plus it's served in proper mugs! Not them horrible plastic disposable ones.
We also got the girls to choose their lunch before they disappeared off on the rink again.
Retroskate has a wide range of choice on their menu, all reasonably priced and the bits we have tried have been ok. The Sweet Chilli Chicken Panini is pretty good!
The girls enjoyed a good few hours whizzing around and having great fun, whilst us mums enjoyed a drink and a natter. During the regular public skating, the team play games which you can either join in with or sit out. Depending on the game, you can skate around the edges but others require non-players to leave the rink. Games only last for a few minutes at a time though.
Emily enjoyed the Limbo and did pretty well in this.
Whilst her friend revelled in Tag!
Before long it was time for us to go. The girls were getting worn out and Emily had made the mistake of wearing trainer socks which meant the skates were rubbing (NOTE wear longer socks next time!)
Our girls and their friend thoroughly enjoyed their time at Retroskate and are already planning their return visit!
Retroskate also offer lessons and Artistic Skate Club, plus they have weekly Roller Discos on a Saturday evening. This is a great time to hold a party there (which also happens to be at a special offer price!)
So, what are you waiting for?
Get your skates on!!!!