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“The kids enjoyed it, but the adults felt the snowdome could do better!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of SnowDome

SnowDome
Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth B79 7ND, England
08448 000011
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Ranked #4 of 13 attractions in Tamworth
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Owner description: The ultimate snow, ice & leisure experience.
Warwick
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“The kids enjoyed it, but the adults felt the snowdome could do better!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our group 4 adults and 4 children (6,7,8 and 8) visited today for a swim which included the inflatables (as it is half term), lunch at Aspen and then a skate.

The changing area is in need of some investment. It is tired and feels "grubby". The cubicles are cramped for one adult and one child to share. The lockers are not generous so you may need 2 if you have lots of bags or coats. They are 20p each which is non refundable (on each opening)

Poolside, the water temperature was reasonable and the session was popular but didn't feel over crowded. The life guards were actively managing the pool areas which made for a safe swimming environment. The end of the large inflatable is a slide to 2m deep water. However a lifeguard is on duty with rescue pole and floats if required. All of our children attempted and enjoyed the large inflatable although the youngest of our party perhaps found it more of a a struggle with so many older/teenage children also using the inflatable.

The flume was good fun and safely managed by the lifeguards. I was pleased that it exits in a "trough" of water rather than a deep pool, this made it much easier and possibly safer for the children. You need to be1.2m to ride the flume and no children in laps ( which is not really an issue with the shallow exit)

The shower facilities were too few! The water was warm however there were 5 (or may be 6) in the ladies changing room. Considering that sessions start and end in time slots, this is too few to cope with a mass exodus.....leaving the pool a few mins early may be a good idea.

There are only 2 hairdryers in the ladies changing area. This is ridiculous!!!!! Many customers are likely to be moving on to skate or snow related activities with children. The least the snowdome can do is to provide customers with adequate facilities to ensure hair can be dried before spending some considerable time in a cold environment.

The restaurant Aspen overlooks the main ski slope. It is a reasonable pub type restaurant. The food is also of reasonable quality and is priced at what you might expect for a concession within an attraction. Kids meals are £4.50 but do not include a drink or dessert. The children all enjoyed their meals as did the adults. Beware it does get busy and there may be a delay before your food arrives. Soft drinks are expensive at £1.95 for 250ml ( of draft diet coke). After our first round we went to the vending machine just outside the door to Aspen and spent £1.20 on 500ml of chilled bottled diet coke!!!

The ice skating was very busy! However the kids and adults all had a good time. Initial access on to the ice is poor. It can be crowded and the ice a little uneven....so take extra care here especially with younger kids. There is an initial "practice area" which was busy and an outer ring with another less busy practice area. The penguin skate aids used by some of the kids gave then great confidence but rental is £3 for 25 mins and kids usually want to skate longer than this. It is possible to skate the vast majority of all the ice areas holding or within reach of a hand rail. However there is about a 6 foot gap where there is no hand rail and some skaters pass through this gap at speed. At busy times such as today, it would have been helpful to see more ice wardens around to keep n eye on things.

In summary we all had a great day, but feel that the Snowdome needs some TLC before it becomes outdated and not worth the cost of the activities or the 2 hour round trip.

Visited February 2013
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Learn to ski in a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

As a couple who had never put skis on in our lives we started the 'learn to ski in a day' session not really knowing what to expect. However before we knew it the entire 8 hours had gone by in the blink of an eye. Looking back on our experience we both agree that it was a really fun, educational day with special thanks going to instructors Craig and Stuart for making learning to ski so accessible and most importantly enjoyable! Recommended

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Fast pass Ski”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

It was very well organised and everybody learnt quickly and before you knew it they were half way up the slope. Really enjoyable and a great way to learn.

Visited February 2013
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Porthmadog, United Kingdom
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“great venue, lots to do, something for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The beauty of the snowdome is that you can ski, skate, swim, get fit and be pampered all in the same place. It is inevitably busy on Saturday with the slope busy and the cafes full but it provides a good range of activities. Wish we had one near home!

Visited February 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Great fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The snow-dome boasts some great cafe's and restaurant.
We only went for the skating at £8 each including the skate hire too!

The ice rink is amazingly family friendly and has areas for everyone to enjoy including a ice skating ring and a track for speed skaters alike. It was a great experience however it is very cold!
A must wear are gloves and a hat (Of which we forgot to take!)

Great parking facilities although we didn't drive and conveniently a 10 minute walk to the train station in Tamworth!

The only thing we didn't like about the visit was the rather sarcastic and moody woman on the Tamworth main reception just as you enter in the venue (We may have been 22 and 19) however we don't need to be spoken to like children!
A great day dampened by her need to rush and not explain how it works on entry, wasn't very helpful at all! However on the other end of the scale the staff in the Ice skating section were very polite and helpful when we needed some coins for the lockers!

Visited September 2012
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