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The wild ones

Norfolk’s unique outdoor park Bewilderwood, offers families an enhanced play experience in a woodland setting, themed around a series of successful children’s books. Ronnie Dungan spoke to founder and author Tom Blofeld to find out more…

Full of beams

Laser Maze creator, Funovation is celebrating ten years in the business this year, Ronnie Dungan caught up with the firm’s chief operating officer for a brief history lesson, a look to the future and some party planning….

The Hills are alive

Pleasurewood Hills has had a turbulent time and many different owners in its 34-year history. Now owned by the French Looping Group and with a new manager in place, it is embracing new indoor attractions in a bid to become a less seasonal…

Innovative Leisure hits the heights

Climbing walls and high ropes specialist, Innovative Leisure, is continuing to develop its range of products and increasing its reach into new parts of the attractions market. Managing director, Phil Pickersgill, talked to GAP about how the…

FEATURE: Eyes down for a full house

As entertainment centres aim to keep both kids and adults happy, including those that don’t fancy or perhaps aren’t up to scrambling round a play tower, Chris Shipley from Leisure Electronics argues the case for bingo…

Whitewater’s No Boundaries

Whitewater West’s all in one compact play attraction, No Boundaries, offers a customised solution for park and play centres needing an eye-catching. low maintenance, attraction. Ronnie Dungan spoke to the firm to find out how it works...

FEATURE: Simulators

GAP looks at recent developments in the world of simulators, where VR is making a major splash and interactivity is everything. Jon Bruford reports…

FEATURE: Sunkid

Austrian attractions specialist Sunkid offers a wide range of outdoor entertainment solutions from applications for customer transport, rides, and activity towers for younger users, with more than 7,000 installations worldwide. Ronnie…

Bumper issues

Our US correspondent, Sharon Harris, ponders the popularity of the humble pinball machine in the current world of virtual reality, 3D and fast-paced multi-player online games….

FEATURE: Changing lanes

Developing technology, more flexibility in set-up, theming and licensing are all contributing to a broadening of the bowling market beyond its traditional image. Ronnie Dungan finds out what is driving these changes….

FEATURE: Get Switched on

Turkish firm Switch Bowling is expanding internationally with its range of Pininfarina-designed bowling centre solutions which enable games to be incorporated in a wide range of venues and even outdoors on the beach…

FEATURE: Reality bites

The joint venture between UNIS and software developer Virtuix sees them vying to become one of the first effective providers of a workable VR arcade product with the Omni Arena. Ronnie Dungan chatted to UNIS boss Steven Tan about making…

Q&A: John Fatigati, president, Switch Bowling

Switch International recently opened a New Jersey based joint venture called Switch Bowling, partnering with John Fatigati, a third generation proprietor with over 25 years experience in the bowling industry, who will be running the company…

FEATURE: Everyday we’re shuffling

Amusement centres and family venues looking for a new type of multi-player attraction could find a solution in a traditional English game that has become huge in Scandinavia and the US and is now taking root in trendy bars in the UK. Dan…