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“A great find. Clean, friendly and nice cafe food.”

The Fun Factory Bowness
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Owner description: Recently opened as "The Fun Factory" Bowness. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm. Parents can relax on our soft sofas whilst overlooking magnificent views of Lake Windermere, whist your children let off steam in the soft play area. Cafe Dolce is also opened daily serving a variety of hot beverages cakes and snacks.
Manchester
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A great find. Clean, friendly and nice cafe food.”
Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Went here for the 1st time today. Visit the area regularly but not visited the fun factory before.
Friendly welcome. £4.50 for 2 hours' play. All of the equipment was spotless.
Seating area is pleasant, especially the view out of the picture Windows. Wow.
Had drinks and cakes. Good value and tasty. Staff were pleasant with us. The cafe has a child gate preventing access by intrepid toddlers!

So, will be going again.

Visited February 2014
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Durham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Value”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Recently bought a holiday home near the fun factory and have already visited both times we stayed,
Great value, clean, polite staff and a good place to visit with little ones when the weather is bad.

Visited January 2014
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Wymondham, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Kids had a great time”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went here on Boxing day with a 4 year old and a 2 year old, as it was cold and wet outside and they needed to let off steam. The play area is relatively small but there are plenty of different things to do in there, and the kids had a great time. Because of the size it probably isn't great for bigger kids, but perfect for my two. The cafe does nice hot chocolate, and the staff were polite and helpful. It was a bit chilly, but then we were the first customers of the day and these places usually are - it would cost a fortune to heat all that space and then the kids would be too hot once they get running around. Always take warm socks and extra jumpers to indoor play is my advice.

Visited December 2013
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Defending the hard working staff!!”
Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

I couldn't help but notice that a couple of customers are local.... If you unhappy with the service, then surely you should maybe have a chat with one of the girls who work there and give them the chance to put things right! Rather than sadly ranting and raving on social sites like this..... How old are we? I myself have noticed that the girls sometimes have off days and I have a word with them and then we solve the situation... But slagging them off on here, when they can't defend themselves is totally out of order!! They work hard and don't get appreciated.... Locals are usually the worst, the way they speak to the staff is shocking and disgusting!! They also have little mouths to feed. As for the gate, that has been there for almost a year and a half now..... Surely as parents, it's your responsibility to keep YOUR children out of the hot kitchen and keep YOUR eyes on them at all times!! Sometimes it's like you go in there to dump your kids!! Rant over!! And for the record.. I'm local, my children love the Fun Factory and so do my husband and I. We will remain a regular to this fun venue and will recommend to our friends. Keep up the good work girls xxx

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Windermere, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrible customer service”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

I'm local to this soft play area but I travel to ones further afield due to the rudeness of the staff! The food is over priced, the place is always cold. The staff make you feel like you're not welcome. Also you would have thought that there would be a gate to the kitchen instead of the staff getting irritated with little ones wandering in. To sum it up ... I only go if I'm desperate!

Visited November 2013
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