Situated on the ground floor at Trafford Palazzo and spanning 35,000 square feet, the Manchester indoor entertainment centre is the first in Europe.
The centre features four action-packed NERF zones, including thematic blaster battlegrounds, training activities, and a NERF sports arena and has partnered with the iconic Archie’s next door to provide an F&B offering. Furthermore, one of the centre’s combat zones will be using the high-performance Gelfire blasters – an exciting new product from NERF not currently in play anywhere else.
So what did we think of NERF Action Xperience Manchester ??
NERF guns aren’t for girls … tell that to the three absolute warriors who recently attended the new NERF Experience in Manchester because they would certainly challenge that sentence.
The experience is over two floors and is fully interactive with a large training ground, two separate battle rooms and an incredible sports arena. We started our experience up on the training ground where the girls took complete control arming themselves with a blaster immediately and having complete focus for the interactive targets. It was almost a little worrying just how natural they were. Perfectly timed, an announcement came. It was time to put their skills to the test with the first of two battle grounds: Chaos City. The girls were each given a NERF Pro Gelfire which holds hydrated rounds which burst on impact. This was enormous fun. Split into two teams, the groups were tasked with stealing the oppositions flag and returning it to their home ground. I have no shame in admitting that things got intense! Shot at close range in the face by a woman in her 40s is something I’d not experienced before. I have no regrets in the subsequent chasing down of said woman whilst repeatedly shooting in retaliation. Not only can girls play with NERF blasters, women can too!
We returned to the training ground briefly before the second announcement came that Mission X awaited. Stepping into a somewhat futuristic cargo bag of an abandoned spaceship, we were again split into two teams but this time, there was a special mission to complete which involved teamwork. Looking around the room there were children and adults of all ages and every single person was fully immersed in the experience. It was thrilling.
The long awaited sports arena came next! This is where the girls really came into their own. Being keen footballers, they were quickly lost in the ball drop aiming for the lit up target and this had an excellent layer of competition for them. Each game allowed for friendly competition ranging from playing a digital air hockey displayed onto a climbing wall, moving basketball hoops, light up “whackamole” type games and much more.
Well and truly exhausted and NERF’d out, we ventured out of the experience to be met with the pink explosion that is Archie’s. The girls indulged in delicious juices, milkshakes and chips, whilst I had to try their Falloumi burger. The whole evening was a huge success and let me tell you, NERF blasters ARE for girls. This girl can!