Tamworth SnowDome is a great place to go with the family for a day out with a difference. The place holds some great memories from my snowboarding days, especially their annual Big Bang Snowboard Show, so to take Lily there to have fun in the snow now really does give me the snow stoke again too!
We’ve taken her to the fantastic Winter Wonderland a few times and to the snow play sessions, so we were very excited to head back to Tamworth Snowdome for a Saturday morning of activities.
Booking & Entry
We booked online using vouchers from the Snowdome newsletter, giving us 25% off the prices.
When we turned up, our temperatures were taken with machines by the entrance which you had to stand in front of, and then we showed the booking reference at the main reception desk.
Our first session was for the snow fun park session, so we bundled ourselves up on some benches and put our bag in a locker (20p, non-refundable, so bring your change and don’t forget your gloves in your bag!), before heading to the snow.
Snow Fun Park Session
Snow Fun Park sessions are in a dedicated fun park area, which is overlooked by the Starbucks café. It is a small area which contains a gentle tubing / sledging slope, a small treehouse play frame, and some diggers.
We visited one of these sessions when Lily was younger, and there were a few more things to do, but obviously post-Covid they’ve made a few changes to make sure it is still enjoyable for everyone.
The sessions are half an hour long, and I was worried when we arrived that Lily (age 5) may not enjoy it as much as she did when she was younger, but in fact she had such a great time! I couldn’t get her off the snow slope, and the 30 minutes flew by!
You can play here from age 2 upwards, and the treehouse area is perfect for the younger visitors, as there is a small slide and area to walk through, and there is plenty space to enjoy the snow too – such a great experience for all ages.
There are tubing rings and little plastic sledges for the slope, so kids and adults of all ages can slide down, with crash barriers at the bottom.
We really enjoyed it and Lily couldn’t get enough of it – it was also great to see families with children of mixed ages being able to enjoy the activity together too.
We had booked our session 10-10.30am so had half an hour before our climbing session at 11am, so made the most of a quick hot chocolate in Starbucks, before heading to the climbing walls just before our session.
For the Snow Fun Play Sessions, bring gloves, jacket, waterproof trousers and walking boots or wellies! Adults are £3.95 and children £7.95, however we saved 25% using the discount vouchers from the newsletter. There are also dedicated Tots sessions for under 4s.
Climbing sessions at SnowDome
We booked a climbing session at the SnowDome, which was 55mins long from 11am. Climbing sessions are suitable for adults and children ages 4 upwards and this was Lily’s first time on the walls (age 5).
We arrived for the session where there were around 10 others on the same session. You watch a short video explaining what to expect and then are all lined up to be clipped into the harnesses. I was nervous as Lily is still young and quite small, so I wasn’t sure how she would get on – but she loved it and the hour flew by!
Each of the 15 walls is of varying difficulty and participants raise their hand when they no longer want to use the wall they are on. The bright colours and different obstacles to tackle, definitely keep each climb interesting.
The staff were all wearing visors for Covid protection and unclipped or clipped climbers on/off their chosen wall. Despite it being Lily’s first time climbing, she really enjoyed it, and no previous experience is necessary to give it a go.
The team were really friendly and is was great to see such a mix of age groups and abilities on the wall, all enjoying themselves.
Lily already wants to go back climbing again – it was definitely a success!
For the climbing session, Lily wore leggings, a t-shirt and trainers. We only booked Lily on, however adults can join in too if you book separately. Prices are £10.95 for an hour, however we used the discount voucher from the newsletter to save 25%.
There are plenty of other activities at Tamworth SnowDome including ice skating as well as skiing and snowboarding sessions and lessons. There is also a swimming pool with flumes, however as of October 2020, the flumes have not yet reopened.
We recommend visiting Tamworth SnowDome for their Winter Wonderland event as well as for the Big Bang Snowboard Show each year.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of places to get something to eat and drink while watching the snow sessions, including the Aspen Bar & Restaurant overlooking the main slope as well as Starbucks overlooking the Snow Fun Park – perfect for those who want to watch, without needing a ticket.
There are toilets including disabled toilets throughout the SnowDome as well as in the restaurant and Starbucks too.
Lockers are available for 20p each, so bring your coins. They are non-refundable.
You can buy winter clothes, gloves, hats and more at the Ellis Brigham store, as well as skis and snowboards if you’re interested too!
Parking is £2 per day. You get a ticket on entry and pay within the SnowDome building before you leave, either by card or cash.
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