One corner of High Wycombe is fast becoming a go-to destination for parents of preschool aged children.

Recent weeks have seen us plying a short stretch of the M40 on a nearly daily basis to take Tilly to one form of activity or another. A brand new leisure centre, an amazing trampolining centre plus old favourites like Playtrain and Booker Gym have made the Handy Cross / Cressex end of Wycombe something of a hub when it comes to entertaining children.

The new Wycombe Leisure Centre

This impressive new facility was opened in January 2016 and has plenty to offer. We’ve already enjoyed a session in their 20m ‘community pool’ which is next to the Aqua Splash water play area. It was our first time at water play and Tilly was completely hooked. 

There’s no longer a permanent soft play space like in the now closed old leisure centre, which I found rather claustrophobic anyway in its basement location. Instead, the new leisure centre offers a great soft play session three times a week, costing £4. In a light airy space, it features a large bouncy castle safari, attended trampolines plus an assortment of soft play toys, games and balls. It proved a hit with us. 

Note that the lockers only use padlocks so bring your own or buy one from reception if coming for a swim. 

Rush trampolining centre

The arrival of Rush at the end of 2015  has been particularly taking the local parenting community by storm. Every week day during term the centre is largely turned over to toddlers for free jumping. There are also attended sessions with further activities that we’re not able to visit due to timings but which sound like great fun. Standard trampolining sessions last an hour and start on the half hour. For child and adult they cost £10. 


Just down the road from Rush is our favourite local soft play venue. Being the parent of a younger child I love that I can let Tilly run around knowing that it’s all enclosed and safe; not something that’s true with soft play that’s targeted at older children. Plus there’s loads of ride on vehicles, play shops and toys that mean we can easily spend hours here. On a wet weekday its a great option, just note that you can’t eat your own food inside. 

Booker Gym Club

If you’re ever stuck for morning activities head along to Booker Gym Club’s weekday toddler session from 10:15 – 12:00. Their hall is turned over to the little ones with a range of gymnastic equipment on offer. Some requires supervision but budding gymnasts can really burn off energy. There’s an optional circle time at 11am featuring music and then balls, hoops or soft blocks to vary the play. Preschoolers who are showing interest can also sign up for afternoon sessions with an instructor. 

For the grown ups

The Cressex / Handy Cross area is also home to a lot of our of town stores so you might be able to combine an activity with a trip to John Lewis, Next, Asda or the new Waitrose that opened in March 2016 next to the leisure centre. 

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