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“Expensive and short-lived, but such good fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Airkix Indoor Skydiving Basingstoke

Airkix Indoor Skydiving Basingstoke
Euskirchen Way, Basingstoke, England
+44 845 331 6549
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Ranked #2 of 14 Activities in Basingstoke
Type: Adventure
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Owner description: Basingstoke is the latest Airkix location and features 4 great activities.Pride of place is another 14ft (4.3m) diameter, super-smooth, super-fast wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. Set off from that and also overlooked by our new mezzanine viewing gallery are two Skiplex Ski slopes where anyone at any level from complete novice upwards can learn to ski or board. It's the fastest and most rewarding way to learn whether you want to just try it out or sign up for a course.Brushboarding - 'surfing without the wet stuff' - is instantly gratifying, huge fun, a great work-out and very cheap to try. Our latest addition is the Freedom Climber - a revolutionary rotating climbing wall that all ages will love to get to grips with.Add to this our party rooms and you have the perfect venue to try things you only dreamed of.
Newbury, United Kingdom
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“Expensive and short-lived, but such good fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The thrill of this experience outweighs any negatives. Airkix offer a variety of flight types, varying in length, skill-complexity and cost. We chose the 4mintues of fight time for £65 option, which included two 2 minute flights. They were over in a flash, but it was incredible fun and will be hard to resist paying as much to go again - after your first visit, they do offer significant reductions in cost to lure you back (we got offered 6mintues for £50 on our next visit).

The instructor's were very laid-back which helped to calm nerves, so after your initial flight you don't want to leave the wind turbine.

New facility, plenty of parking at the Basingstoke Leisure Park, or a cheap bus shuttle from Basingstoke train station.

Overall, it is an expensive attraction, so maybe wait for Groupon/kgb/wowcher etc to get some deals in to make it more viable, but otherwise it is definitely worth checking out.

Visited August 2013
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“Great, unique experience for participants and spectators alike.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My son was given an Airkix indoor skydiving voucher as a present and traded it in at the newer Airkix centre in Basingstoke. Based at the Leisure Park on the outskirts of town, it's easy to access from the M3 and well signposted. The centre is clean, reception was friendly and chatty as well as efficient. The lobby had several TV screens showing the 'skydiving' in action.

Skydivers are trained in groups, and can view the groups before them whilst waiting to be called in. The flying takes place in a vast transparent tube, about forty feet high, with wind rushing up it between 90-130 mph, dependent on the weight of the individual. All the instructors we saw were skilled and focused, and tailored their sessions specifically to the age, weight and skill level of each individual. Children as young as four went in, floated around and were swung in the air like carousel horses by instructors holding them up by a finger and thumb.

Older children were encouraged to free fly with instructors just standing by them to keep their posture aerodynamic and safe. (One very slim woman almost flew out of the door of the tunnel twice and had to be hauled back in.) Stronger or more experienced flyers were encouraged to do tricks: somersaulting, flying high up towards the tunnel roof then plunged back down towards the ground, or spinning round the walls like Wall of Death fairground bikers. At the end of each session, the instructor does a star turn, zooming high in the air, crashing down head first only to swoop away from the floor at the last minute, or doing graceful balletic acrobatics - all depended on the style of the instructor - we saw three or four and they were all different and very entertaining.

Each person is kitted out with helmet and goggles, a flying suit and earplugs. The wind speed is controlled by a second instructor who communicates by hand signals with the one in the tunnel, as to whether the strength needs to be upped or reduced. Hand signals are taught to flyers too, so they can be told by the instructor to change their posture for better results.

Each 'flight' takes a minute, and each flyer gets two goes, unless on a family booking, which offers 10 mins shared between family members as they choose.

My son's package included a DVD. Other packages don't but all flights are recorded and DVDs can be bought as a memento, as can stills photos (quite pricey at £10.)

My son said the sensation was of falling, even though he was rising in the air (and managed to get quite alarmingly high up the tunnel). He also said it was fairly physical, as you have to maintain the 'superman' pose that is practise din yoga with both legs and arms lifted to create a really tight back arch. He was shattered afterwards, but loved it.

It would be great if they could add a coffee bar at some stage, as spectators are there for some time. The whole session lasts about 90 mins including training, kitting up and flying, as well as the debrief.

I can't comment on the price, as this was a gift voucher, but as a one off experience, it is well worth doing if you like adventure. Quite a few young families were there and it seemed like a memorable day out for them.

Visited August 2013
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Airkix, Marketing Director at Airkix Indoor Skydiving Basingstoke, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Thanks for the great feedback, we really appreciate it. On the drinks front, Costa Coffee next door is opening soon.
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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“What a rush!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Easy to book, complete online risk questionnaire, turn up, pop in your code and you are away. Short instructional video, yes it does have a few plugs about coming back and spending more money but its not too bad. Suit up, and get nervous! Experience is fun, instructor and reception staff are great, what's not to like. The price. Okay so its not cheap but someone has to pay for the huge turbine and the electricity it uses! Give it a go. On site parking, close to several other attractions, bowling, aquapark, milestiles etc.
Culd do with a coffee machine although there is a Costa being built next door.

Visited July 2013
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