Review for the snow slopes.
I came here for my first snowboarding lesson and I loved it! As I had never snowboarded before I had to rent clothing which I think I payed around £3.50 for, for a jacket and trousers (I got the lesson as part of a groupon deal, I think the usual price to rent clothing is around £6), no issues with the clothing at all, however I did have to get trousers fitted for a 13 year old after a small size was literally hanging off me! also, you do need to bring your own gloves as they don't supply that. The equipment was included, which contained of a board, boots and a helmet.
There are 3 different slopes - the main slope for the experienced, a smaller/shorter slope for learners and another short slope for sledging.
My instructor for the day was Tiree who was absolutely great, very friendly and patient - considering I refused to use the rope to get to the top of the slope as I was too scared! She taught very well and by the end of the lesson I was actually able to snowboard down the hill all on my own (yay!)
As I had bought my lesson from a groupon deal it was much cheaper. Normal price is around £26 for a 90 minute lesson. They also have 4 hour and 8 hour lessons where you can learn all the skills in the one day. Not sure that's a good idea as I was knackered about an hour!
I have booked my next lesson already and am so excited to go back!
We'll I may as we'll review xscape now after that fumble.
We'll xscape is full of restaurants and full of activities for everyone it has a cinema a 36 course putt in gold course. It's got a a climbing zone, bowling and a big play are for the kids it's also got great shops and full of restaurants! And of course it has a massive ski/snow board zone which is like a massive snow zone going up hill!
It's definitely a place you could spend a day doing good activities for a day out.
Overall definitely a place for a day out.
Great decor !!!!!
I worked here for 2 years so I'm a wee bit biased. It does mean I know what goes into the food here and how it's prepped. I know the quality of the chicken is top notch never frozen and very fresh. Veggie stuff not so great as it is frozen and halal chicken at the quay well that depends who the manager is ehh Mike.
Here with a group of 5 another birthday dinner. Seated straight away, we arrived about half 6 on a Monday night so I wouldn't expect a wait and it was fairly quiet.
I had a half chicken extra hot with piri chips and garlic bread. Garlic bread probably my least favourite side but it's been a while since I had it and it still is nice.
Been a while since I've had a nandos so the extra hot was hard to take. But I triumphed in the end and enjoyed every minute of it. Delicious as ever, the consistency of nandos is great,they have a simple formula and they do it well. The piri chips are a must youre mad if you don't make that one of your sides.
Nandos has steadily gone up in price and isn't as good value for money as it once was. But it still is cheaper than most place and when the chicken quality is as good as it is you can complain.
All in all nice ambience decent service, though it is limited as its not table service, I'll be back soon.
I love this place ,
the shops are cool inside climbing skying snowboarding skating they do it all.
Talk about eating,wow every taste under the sun, to many to mention,
theres bowling ans a place to leave the kids if u want also a cinema,,,
if you want to ski or snowboard its easy all the gear on hire is cheap and very good quality top- of the range infact. so what you waiting for a full days fun under one roof.
I have a theory - a hypothesis if you will.
The people who built this thing, modelled it on Super Mario.
Now that I have said it - you cannot get it out of your mind.
Take a look in the car park - Woody Level. All of the crossed trees in the car park are those initial levels in Mario where you learn that those cuddly turtles are there to kill you.
Next we have the climbing level. Look up. Look way up. Those are people who decided that being elevated several feet above you was a great way to spend an hour on a weekend.
Super Mario always had climbing levels, it is a platformer for gods sake.
Next - Industrial Level. Those columns with the fake rivets and the fake fans above were planned by someone. Someone who played Super Mario too much.
Finally, we have the Ice Level. You get it yet?
You have got to admit.
Xscape = Super Mario
Probably the NES edition.
Not Super Mario 64, that I would go to every bloody day.
Just to fly around - with a red cap on.
This review is for the Climbing Wall and Free fall in Xscape.
If you want a work-out, an adreneline kick, a sense of acheivement, and the addictive "again, again!" feeling - and aren't too much of a scardey cat - then the Climbing wall and Free Fall at Xscape might be the ticket.
For £14 you get 1/2 on the climbing wall about 15 minutes worth of 'free-falling' (although not literally falling for 15 minutes...). A little pricey, not something I'd do every weekend, but good for a Sunday afternoon filler.
I used to climb when I was younger although can't remember anything about harnesses, belays etc. Luckily, they have all that in hand. There is an instructor there with you at all times. And the best part is the rope that you're attached to when climbing is an automatic bungee so when you reach the top, you just jump down and descend gracefully (or, as most people do the first time, cling to the wall for 10 minutes saying "I can't get down" before taking the plunge.) It also means if you go with friends, you all climb at the same time as no one is spotting each other.
After half an hour of the up-and-down, you then get the chance to jump off a pretty big ledge and experience free-fall. You have a bungee rope attached but that doesn't 'kick in' till the bottom. Terrifying at first, every fibre in your body is shouting "WHY are you about to jump off a ledge?!" but after the first time you WILL want to do it again!
Experienced climbers would find this boring. But for people who like something to keep them active, a bit of a challenge, fun day out, for kids or big-kids then get to it!
Book in advance online. Show up 15 minutes before, it's hassle free, I had no problems whatsoever with my booking etc. Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is I wanted longer to climb the wall! And they don't do longer climbing slots. But my arms probably thanked me for it.
Loud, noisy, flashy and tremendously good fun is how I'd sum up Xscape. Considering it's been here nearly five years I'm surprised I hadn't visited sooner, but it was well worth it.
There's a ridiculous amount of stuff here, from the genteel yet highly competitive crazy golf to the vertigo inducing aerial assault course. The latter is quite astonishing as it's easily a hundred feet up in the air, and often populated by five-year old kids. With two decades on these youngsters, I'm more than willing to put up my hands and admit that harness or no harness, I just wouldn't have the balls to do it.
There's also a "Soccer Challenge" which was somewhat mysterious as the rules and organisation were about as clear as Mel Gibson's driving license, and the piece de resistance, a fully functioning indoor ski-slope with real snow, overlooked by a bar done up to look like a ski lodge. I don't imagine the piste can compete with a trip down Everest, but it's still quite an astonishing sight.
Less strenuous are the dozen or so chain restaurants, cinema and video arcades, which despite being very addictive (especially the claw games) were the source of my one main gripe as quite a few of the machines were out of order.
Whilst it's expensive, me and E did get a bargain of sorts when we noticed that someone had left a fiver's credit in the simulator. It was dizzying, nauseating, and had less convincing graphics than your average PlayStation game, but given the five-fingered discount, we really couldn't complain.
Unfortunately, Xscape is pretty much impossible to reach without a car, or just too much hassle to figure out how to get there via bus. For this reason, Xscape is more of a recent discovery for me thanks to Betty and I came here the other day with G-Bot.
If I was a kid again, nothing on earth would pull me away from this place, it's awesome and there's enough to keep you occupied for hours and hours.
On entering I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I looked up to see an assault course suspended in mid air and kids swinging and jumping around as if they were in a regular play park. I don't know if I could handle it but it did look like a lot of fun!
In addition to the tree top assault course they also have a climbing wall, a ski slope, bowling, crazy golf, football pitches, a cinema and various different arcade rooms. I tried my luck at the Toy Story arcade machine as I was hoping that one of the alien prizes would pop up shouting "Oooh, The Claw. You have been chosen!" Alas, they didn't and I was gutted to pop back a couple of hours later to see that all the aliens had been won.
I recently discovered that I'm a bit of an undiscovered golfer and I'm sure I'll be back soon to try my luck at the Crazy Golf before long.
Xscape is great if you're looking for something new to do and if you get tired out there are restaurants a plenty to visit.
Good place to go,
Plenty to go do & see.
Though once you go inside you get the general feel of a slight time warp & you wouldn't go far wrong if you thought you were back in the 80's or a super Mario game.
From b.king & a pub located on the outside & various restaurants inside. Along with cinema, bowling & climbing wall to name but a few things more than enough things to get everyones interest in something.
I don't think Xscape really knows what it is...or if it ever will.
The variety of activities in here is quite diverse but as has been pointed out by reviewers before, you should be prepared to bring your bank card, and someone else's as well! A round of crazy golf costs you 8quid (I know!) compared with 2.50 at most seaside towns! The lazer quest is expensive as well and sessions only last around 15 to 20 minutes.
The one serious positive is, of course, the Ski Slope. On selected days you can get Skiing and hire for 30 pounds inclusive. A bargain considering you are still in the West of Scotland. The slope is a good side but for a more experienced skier its just that little bit too small. You feel like your just picking up the right amount of speed before you have to stop. The slope also has a viewing deck to let all the non-skiers know just how cold it is! And a bar with huge glass windows overlooking the slope. The bar can lack atmosphere though as Breahead is most commonly reached by car, so every other person here is sipping our other national drink.
I wouldn't recommend many of the restaurants here as they are all big chains charging big prices to a caputred market and lacking in atmosphere as well. Nevertheless it is a good day out for the family but take note that it will end up costing rather a lot.
Why send off friends who are moving away with a nice meal and a few drinks when you could go to Xscape and do something FUN? That was my reasoning anyhow.
Braeheads Xscape is easy to get to by car or public transport and offers alot of activities and good quality eateries.
There is also a cinema, bowling alley and an excellent lazer zone - the sort of places you have been to before.. There is a fan drop (eek!), skypark, rock climbing and huge indoor snow zone with real snow that is always busy. Places you might not have been to before.
Virtually infinite potential in here and everytime I go I try something new. If it wasn't so dear though, I would go more often.
I just cant bring myself to try that fan drop though.. it's too scary!
The crazy golf is recommended, with 2 different courses that never get too busy.
There is so much to do in Xcsape I don't even know where to begin...
First of all, if you're hungry you will have no problem getting a variety of cuisine from big restaruant game players. Whether it be Nando's, Harvester, China Buffet King or Frankie and Benny's that catches your eye, the only thing that will stand between you and your food is perhaps a minor queue to get in.
Aside from the eats, Xscape takes a departure from the real world and puts you in a playdrome. While you are here you can bowl, snowbaord, ski, play arcade games, get your ass kicked at Laser Tag, watch a movie at the Imax and eat till you pop. There really is that much to do. They offer snowboaring lessons, there is a climbing wall where I've seen some fearless kids dangle 100 feet above my head, and Laser Tag is ten pounds worth of hard belly laughs. Bowling is pretty reasonable and the Odeon multiplex has a good selection of films on later into the night.
It is my mission to learn how to snowboard in the next few years (which I always say and just need to get round to!), and to master the Difficult mode on their Dance Dance Revolution machines. I love places like this because they break up the monotony of the hum drum 9-5 routine with the offer of something a bit different. The only downside is that you pretty much require a car to get here, but if you're willing to wait for the 55 bus in town it'll bring you out to Braehead.
I've come here for the Arcade section and the Sno section too - both were relatively entertaining - but in that clinical, shopping centre sort of way. The Arcade and bowling is pretty massive and well stocked. House of the Dead? They got it!
The indoor skiing area was cool - I'll admit it. As much as I hated the idea of skiing under a roof- being a keen skier myself - I must admit I was taken with the novelty of the place. Fake snow?? Wow. Swooping down a snowy hill whilt being indoors? That's pretty cool too.
Only once though I reckon - the gentleness of the slope got pretty boring towards the end of one session. But there's some good ramps that snowboarders would get some use out of, and beginners will probably enjoy themselves too.
Also it's expensive. So save up!
Xscape at Braehead has tons of activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages such as bowling, lazer quest, a cinema and an amazing indoor sky slope.
There is also a selection of restaurants which are again aimed at the family market, i.e. Nandos, Frankie and Bennys, TGI Friday's.
As previous reviewers have pointed out, some of the activities are expensive and the only cheap place to grab a bite to eat is Burger King and O'Brien's coffee bar.
However, it is worth remembering that the bowling alley offers unlimited games on a Monday evening.
I really have experienced better, I get that there's lots of thing to do for kids but spending three hours there shouldn't cost you £70 to do three activities
I just think for the fact it really is a shopping centre, its too expensive and the fact that there is no food other than Burger king MacDonald's etc lets it down even more
Learned to ski there but never built up the courage to try the jump, might try snowboarding in 2011. Great place to learn before going on a ski holiday!
Nice shops too!
Lots of parking which is free plenty disabled spaces too many different places to eat and coffee outlets the only problem was not one cash machine was working in the entire building so be careful to take cash as apart from the food outlets no other attractions take cards this can and did cause problems. Loads to do climbing skiing bowling 6D adventure cinema lazer tag and lots of other brilliant stuff it's expensive if you have a few kids in row mind but it was a great place to visit
Whatever the occassion and whoever you're with, Xscape has a little bit of everything for all ages.
Over 10 of the most loved restaurants (Chiquitos, Frankie and Bennys, Nandos, TGIF's to name but a few) ensure all tastes are catered for. Whether you want a quiet meal or somewhere with a bit more atmostphere you'll find somewhere suited.
Onto the fun bit ...
For an alternative day out why not try one of the numerous activities on offer. Ten pin bowling, laser quest, snowboarding, rock climbing, crazy golf and a sky park are all under the one roof and waiting.
However if you're not an adrenalin junkie never fear ! There's a huge Odeon Cinema upstairs with your name on it.
As you'd expect, everything is quite pricey but really, where else are you going to get such a range of activities to suit everyone ? I say indulge yourself and spend the extra money.
The Xscape is a great place with plenty of attractions! Located in Braehead, close to Glasgow it's well worth a visit. Attractions include a cinema, bowling, arcades, restaurants, shops, a climbing wall, a robo-coaster, Soccer Circus, and a huge ski slope. There is endless fun to be had here and you could easily spend a full day. Prices are reasonable, although if you want to do everything, it does add up. The ski slope is well worth a go, it's huge and great fun. You can try skiing, snowboarding or tubing and there are plenty of promotions running throughout the year. Definitely worth a visit!
Loads to do at xscape been here loads of times for food, cinema, min golf, bowling and amusements :) loads of restaurants to chose from, large carpark and within walking distance of braehead. If ever in the are i would recommend it :) x
You know what? Xscape is grand! I've used the snow slope a few times but it's a bit small for my liking. The shops are decent enough and there's a good range of food places. There's a cinema, aerial adventure thing, restaurants and other entertainment. Easy to get to and massive car park. Also within walking distance of Braehead shopping centre. Good place for a day out.
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