Review: Ninja Warrior UK, Leicester

We recently visited the Ninja Warror UK Adventure Park in Leicester and had an absolutely incredible time. Here’s our review…

The girls were super excited to visit Ninja Warrior UK in Leicester
The girls were super excited to visit Ninja Warrior UK in Leicester

We were looking to take two girls, both age 6, to the Ninja Warrior UK adventure park in Leicester, but were nervous that it would be really busy and the girls wouldn’t be able to do much as they are fairly small – however, we were totally wrong, and the girls had a fantastic day out.

Where is the Ninja Warrior UK park in Leicester?

The Ninja Warrior UK park in Leicester is based at St George’s Retail Park in the city centre.

Welcome to Ninja Warrior UK, Leicester
Welcome to Ninja Warrior UK, Leicester

Where can you park? Is it free to park?

Being based at the St George’s retail park means that there are not only plenty of spaces and disabled spaces too, but it is also free parking for 3 hours too.

Ninja Warrior Leicester is at St George’s Retail Park

Booking and sessions

Sessions at the Ninja Warrior park start every half an hour through the day and last for an hour each. It is suitable for adults and children over 5 years old, however there are sessions for those under 5 on the Air Park.

There were so many different obstacles for all ages
There were so many different obstacles for all ages

We had contacted the park before hand as we were nervous about it being busy, and they suggested booking onto one of the morning sessions between 10-12 for a quieter session.

We booked for the 11am session online, where you have a whole range of add-ons to your session including socks, gloves and other Ninja Warrior merchandise. You only really need the socks to be able to do the air park, everything else is optional.

I admit, I was a bit annoyed at paying extra for the socks when I saw them, as they didn’t seem much different from any other socks, such as the extra grip you get on the bottom at a trampoline park, so it was an expensive add-on for such normal red socks! However, that was my only complaint about the whole thing, I just wanted to put it out there 🙂

After initial nerves at giving it a go, I couldn't get Lily off the walls!
After initial nerves at giving it a go, I couldn’t get Lily off the walls!

Arrival

We arrived ahead of the session as stated on the booking. We showed them the booking reference at the desk and they gave us the socks and wristband (plus we did give in to the headbands for a bit of fun, even if they did do a great job of keeping Lily’s fluffy hair off her face!).

We booked online - you need to add on the socks but the headbands are optional :)
We booked online – you need to add on the socks but the headbands are optional 🙂

We were asked to wait in the café area, where the girls were called for the briefing. I’m not sure they could really see or hear much about what was going on as they were quite far back and the screen was high up, but they were very excited, and we did give them a briefing ourselves from the safety info before they went in!

The Ninja Warrior Course

There were obstacles the girls couldn’t reach, but they had the most amazing time on the course.

The Ninja Warrior adventure park was so much fun
The Ninja Warrior adventure park was so much fun

At first they were a bit unsure what to do, as there really was so much choice, but the staff around the course were great at pointing them in the right direction, and it wasn’t long before they were throwing themselves over obstacles, climbing, jumping and running over anything they could.

Lily’s favourite was definitely the wall – once she had mastered that, I couldn’t get her off, and she was super excited launching herself off the platform onto the mat too.

There was always a staff member at the top ready to give them encouragement and support with safety too, especially when it became busier so they could make sure everyone was taking turns and waiting for the landing to be clear.

Lily loved jumping off the ledge and onto the mat when she made it up the wall
Lily loved jumping off the ledge and onto the mat when she made it up the wall

There was no pressure to complete or tackle an obstacle if you didn’t want to, the landings were all foam pits or safe padding, and there was plenty to do whatever height you were!

The Air Park

As part of your session, you can also enjoy the Air Park – an incredible inflatable obstacle course that stretched the entire width of the building.

Welcome to the Ninja Warrior Air Park
Welcome to the Ninja Warrior Air Park

With slides, climbing walls, obstacles and more, the Air Park was a definite hit for adults and kids alike – and they even have sessions for under 5s to enjoy the Air Park too.

Just like on a bouncy castle, you take off your shoes for this section and there is a boxed-off area to leave your shoes at the start of the air park, so you can put them back on to go back to the Ninja Course if you would prefer.

The Air Park is huge and great for all ages - and adults too!
The Air Park is huge and great for all ages – and adults too!

What do you need to wear?

Comfortable clothing such as t-shirts and leggings or joggers, and trainers for the adventure park.

Accessibility around the park

The park and reception is all on the ground floor and there is ramp access to the raised café / spectator area. There are also disabled toilets, although there are double doors to push/pull to get through to the toilet area.

Café & Spectators

We spent much of the time watching the girls from the café area where you could see across the park. You couldn’t see the Air Park from there, however you could see the main wall and obstacles.

The Adventure Park with the spectator area in the background
The Adventure Park with the spectator area in the background

The café sold a whole range of hot and cold food (including breakfast!), coffees, slushies, snacks and more.

Conclusion

We had a brilliant time at the Ninja Warrior UK adventure park in Leicester. Despite our nerves about the girls being small, they could get on most of the obstacles, and weren’t bothered by the ones they couldn’t reach.

The staff were great and the whole park was fantastic
The staff were great and the whole park was fantastic

The staff were all really helpful and the Air Park was just as fantastic as the adventure park too – there were no limits to what you could try, whether you were new to nets and obstacles, or a fully-trained ninja!

We were glad we went early as the park did get really busy with large groups of people later on, so some areas looked like you needed to queue for, but the girls could just go on anything they wanted to without waiting during their timeslot.

Aside from paying for the ‘normal’ socks, we did think the entry price was fair for an hour session as there was so much to do and everyone there clearly had an amazing time!

We will definitely be back to the Ninja Warrior adventure park
We will definitely be back to the Ninja Warrior adventure park

It really would be a great option if you’re looking for something different to do with the family at weekends, indoors on rainy days, or a day out in the school holidays, particularly with kids of mixed age groups too. Those having birthday parties were clearly having a great time too!

We will definitely be back again, so thanks to the Ninja Warrior UK team for a fantastic morning!

Ninja Warrior UK Leicester address & postcode

Ninja Warrior UK Leicester, Unit 8 St. George’s Retail Park, Leicester, LE1 1SG

For more on the Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park, click here

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic session
Thank you to everyone for a fantastic session

Related links

Check out our ideas for indoor days out around Leicester and the East Midlands here

Check out our review of Boost Trampoline Park here

Check out our review of the National Space Centre here

Check out our review of New Walk Museum here

That feeling when you don't want to leave the park ;)
That feeling when you don’t want to leave the park 😉

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