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Currently parts of Lancashire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire are experiencing additional lockdown measures. It is our responsibility as a business to keep you informed on how that would impact your current or intended booking with the iBox. If you are not located inside of a local lockdown area then we can host your party as normal by having a group (less than 6) on each of our two socially distanced tables. Our services will now have to close by 10pm each day.

Within the governments local lockdown guidelines (see links below) In reference to social contact restrictions: You ‘must not‘ meet people from outside your household in your home or garden. You are ‘advised‘ that you should not meet people you do not live with in public venues.

Additionally as a business we must take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with. Hence we are publishing the rule here.
Fortunately that doesn’t spell an end to our fantastic gaming service within local lockdown areas. We do offer Gaming Tuition Courses. Education & training is exempt from the rule of 6 guidelines, we have a Minecraft workshop, Fortnite Cooperative Learning Course and an Early Years introduction Course for ages 6yrs and above and many other courses besides. Like our party service these courses are fun, engaging and rewarding. Certificates are awarded to our students after each course.

If you would like to change your party booking to a gaming course or would be interested in holding a gaming course please get in touch with us for availability.

The Cabinet Office have updated their guidelines from the 9th September to their latest guidelines published on 14th September 2020. These state that social gatherings should now not exceed six people. Like the previous lockdown there are some exceptions that allow additional numbers when you study the Government guidance more closely, paying particular attention to the new exemptions in paragraph 2.10 ‘When can I gather in groups of more than 6?’.

We sympathise with children that are due to have their parties and  have now been faced with the emotionally difficult decision to un-invite their friends so that they can legally comply. Here now is our compliance guide to the many different options of how you can entertain your children in the iBox from Monday 14th September onwards until the restriction is lifted.

Option A) You can book a party for 6 children. This can take place at your home address. If we park on your drive, nobody else could be present in your home or garden. You would need to be sat in your car on the pavement for instance, if you were in the lounge we could only have 5 children in the vehicle. If you have younger children that need assistance with the controls for example, our party host would need to be included in the 6, in which case you could only invite 5 children. If the children were capable of taking verbal controls we could position the vehicle so that the front was overhanging the pavement (so long as we were not blocking the pavement completely and allowing wheelchair users space to pass by) then technically our party host would not be on your property but still present to assist the children. If we parked on the pavement, completely off your property this would mean you and other members of your household would not need to evacuate. We could then host 6 children and our party host could either be at a distance away from the group to be but still be able to provide technical assistance.

Option B) The iBox has completed a risk assessment (available on request / included with your booking confirmation) of its space, inside the iBox are two desks which the children play on. Fortunately the children are faced back to back and spaced at 1m +. The desks also include Perspex shields between the monitors mitigating risk even further. Our space conforms as a Covid-19 Secure Venue. It’s best to liken it as a ‘Restaurant’ you could book a table for up to 6 people, another adult (from a different address, as both addresses would be needed for track and trace) could book the other table. These two groups could come along together, wait outside the address of one of the table bookers and all enter the iBox (we will soon have a short guide on how to enter the iBox safely). Due to all our consoles/screens being linked together both groups could interact as one larger group in the games but be socially distanced from each other in their table groupings.

Option C) The iBox has already launched a Gaming Tuition Course. Falling under the category of Education and or Training. Our new courses are every bit as much fun as our parties, there are 3 different levels of course and certificates are awarded to its Students. We do of course recommend that Students stay in the same bubbles that they are used to at school, if this can’t be the case then give thought to who sits at which table, as we can still socially distance within the iBox.

Option D) Wedding entertainment is unaffected as numbers for Weddings and their receptions are still up to 30 people.

Option E) Supervised activities provided for children. If you work from home and want us to supervise a group of Children this option may work well for you. Our previous Religious Life Cycle Ceremonies option (previously Option E) has now been restricted to the ceremony as opposed to the celebration of the event.

Option F) Youth Groups or activites, this should encompass Junior Football team presentation evenings, scouts and other youth groups and clubs.

Another good consideration worth factoring into your plans, is to have a plan B location, on the off chance that your home borough becomes locked down the day before your event. It may be wise to arrange an alternative address in a neighbouring borough as a standby measure. It could be a family member or a good friend.

It is our belief that these are all lawful options that would mean you could still entertain your children in the iBox. If you already have a party booked with us you are welcome to change your booking to fall into one of the above options. If you would rather postpone till after the restrictions are lifted you are welcome to do that as well. We are not legal experts but we have at least studied the government guidelines and now have a good understanding of the new law, if you have any suggestions and comments that can help, these would be very much appreciated. Our hope is to be fully compliant with these laws, protect and safeguard the public during this pandemic but most of all provide as much fun as we can for your children.

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The iBox was the first video game party bus in the UK (2011). Since then there are now many more businesses that have sprung up, a couple copied our unique screen per player format but were forced to abandon our design after a Intellectual Property Judge ruled in our favour. Most other UK video game party businesses have followed the cramped US style party bus which has shared large screens down one side and benches down the other. This format makes it very difficult to keep a social distance from other players. Other vehicles have a face to face or screens positioned near the ceiling (which is literally a pain in the neck!!). The iBox is leading the way in providing its customers a safe personalised space for each player. Please also look at some of our other measures below which will provide a lot of reassurance for not only yourself but for all other parents.

Covid-19 may well be with us for the next year or so, the iBox has come up with a solution to try and get back to a ‘new normal‘. Our Safeguards have already provided assurance to parents and children for our initial parties.

New Safeguard measures as of July 4th 2020 (subject to changes of Government guidelines):
• All surfaces, handles, screens & controllers disinfected before each party.
• Temperature checks before entry. Anyone with a high temperature over 38˚ will not be able to participate in the iBox.
• Hand washing on entry and exit of the iBox.
• We recommend everyone wear a Face covering.
• Perspex Booths installed between each screen.
• We will keep the iBox well ventilated.
• The iBox will only allow one person per screen/console for the duration of the party.
• We will not be able to run our Fifa league competition (which requires two children per screen and children moving about in the vehicle) Children will still be able to play Fifa.
• We await to hear details of whether we can still operate from the family venues we have teamed up with, if your party is booked at a family venue then an alternative location will most likely be required.

Other recommendations to make your party as safe as possible:
Most children’s parties last 2 hours from drop off to pickup. Where budget allows, opting for a 2 hour party will allow you to keep all children in their protected space for the duration. Leaving your home a child free zone (some parents like that). On arrival they can go inside the iBox, you could bring food onboard at any point during that time (it could be sandwiches, pizza on paper plates or Happy meals for example). We do insist that the children don’t play and eat at the same time but as you can imagine they only spend 5-10 mins eating as they’re keen to get back on with the games. One bin liner is usually all it takes to clear everything away. Once the 2 hrs is up they get collected and you will have just experienced and hosted the most stress free party!!

We hope we have taken enough steps to assure you, please feel free to ‘share’ the slideshow below to other parents, as it will hopefully provide assurance to them. Please visit our Rates & Bookings page to contact us about your party.

 

With the Govt announcing the Covid-19 alert level is down from 4 to 3, the iBox is taking bookings from July 4th onwards, please see our many safety measures.

Posted by TheiBox on Friday, 19 June 2020

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We are pleased to announce another fantastic location for your children’s party. A lot of parents like the option of hosting their party away from their home, the thought of having 9 to 12 children tearing round their house doesn’t appeal to everyone!!. The iBox has teamed up with over 25 North West family friendly venues, all of which offer kids meals, ample parking and of course the option to drop the children off and have a drink or meal whilst waiting to take their child home. This is our first venue to team up with our new Yorkshire based vehicle. If you would like to book the iBox at this location, you pay us for our entertainment and then pay Fuzzy Ed’s for the food and play area time. We can co-ordinate the bookings for you.

Xbox parties around Wakefield

The Sun Pub on Leeds Road, Lofthouse Gate, Wakefield (WF3 3HF) certainly ticks all the right boxes as it houses a play area called ‘Fuzzy Eds’, Cold meals and play in Fuzzy Ed’s are from £7.99 per head, hot food and play area time are from £9.99 per head.

The iBox is often described as ‘the Best Party ever’, we offer Minecraft, Fifa & Multiplayer parties for children 7 years upwards. Our birthday party entertainment lasts anywhere from 60 mins, 90 mins and 2hrs. Everything is self contained in our fleet of vehicles. We can entertain between 9 – 12 children per vehicle and can double capacity by linking two vehicles together.

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Please contact us to book, via our enquiry form or call Ben on 07966 360880.

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thornton cleveleys party venue

We are pleased to announce another fantastic location for your children’s party. A lot of parents like the option of hosting their party away from their home, the thought of having 9 to 12 children tearing round their house doesn’t appeal to everyone!!. The iBox has teamed up with over 25 North West family friendly venues, all of which offer kids meals, ample parking and of course the option to drop the children off and have a drink or meal whilst waiting to take their child home.

bay horse pub

The Bay Horse Pub on Station Road, Thornton (FY5 5HY) certainly ticks all the right boxes, Kids meals are from £4.99, these include main with lots of options and choice of a side and veg, choice of dessert and drink.

The iBox is often described as ‘the Best Party ever’, we offer Minecraft, Fifa & Multiplayer parties for children 7 years upwards. Our birthday party entertainment lasts anywhere from 60 mins, 90 mins and 2hrs. Everything is self contained in our fleet of vehicles. We can entertain between 9 – 12 children per vehicle and can double capacity by linking two vehicles together.

One of the most popular questions at the moment is: Do you have Fortnite? The answer is unfortunately no, whilst the game is the latest in-thing for young gamers, there are a few reasons why it doesn’t suit our ‘inclusive group play’. Firstly Fortnite requires the internet to link up. This poses many problems, you could at any point be required to update the game before being able to load the game. This can take up to 30 mins per console, meaning it could take over 4 hours to update when we arrive!! The internet can be slow and laggy and we could not control the language of the 96 online strangers that will be playing with the group. Other negative issues with this game are that only 4 friends can play this game together, our parties allow 9 friends to play against each other at the same time. Also Fortnite is a 30 min knockout battle, so if your son/daughter gets killed in the first minute, then they have to sit there and spectate for the next 30 mins… not great value game play if you’ve booked a 60 min party. Luckily we have alternative low age shooting games that do not feature any of these restrictions.

 

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The iBox has been operating since 2011 from its Blackpool base, over the years our innovative parties described as ‘the best party ever’ has been pulled all over the country. The demand is fantastic but when you are located a distance away it does mean we have to add a travel surcharge for the time it takes our drivers to get to you. We have had a longstanding surcharge chart that makes it simple to calculate how much this charge will be. A party in South Manchester would take 60 minutes to travel to. If you check our travel chart, this would mean a 90 min weekend party would cost £170 + £40 travel.  That £40 contributes to the additional 2 hours of time and the fuel to get to you and back, very reasonable then!!

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Our new Yorkshire location is WF6, ideally situated just off Junction 31 of the M62 and not far from the M1 and A1 (M) meaning we can now offer our fantastic parties to a new audience at much more affordable prices:

Leeds: • Horsforth – 30 mins • Chapel Allerton – 20 mins • Roundhay – 25 mins • Headingley – 25 mins • Alwoodley – 25 mins • Bramhope – 30 mins • Otley – 40 mins • Morley – 15 mins

Sheffield: Park & Arbourthorne – 40 minsBeauchief and Greenhill – 45 mins • Beighton – 35 mins • Birley – 40 mins • Broomhill & Sharrow Vale – 40 mins • Burngreave – 35 mins • Crookes & Crosspool – 45 mins • Darnall – 35 mins • Dore and Totley – 45 mins • East Ecclesfield – 30 mins • Ecclesall – 45 mins • Firth Park – 35 mins • Fulwood – 45 mins • Gleadless Valley – 45 mins • Graves Park – 40 mins • Hillsborough – 35 mins • Manor Castle – 40 mins • Mosborough – 40 mins • Nether Edge & Sharrow – 40 mins • Richmond – 35 mins • Shiregreen and Brightside – 30 mins • Southey – 35 mins • Stannington – 40 mins • Stocksbridge and Upper Don – 30 mins • Walkley – 40 mins • West Ecclesfield – 30 mins • Woodhouse – 35 mins

 

Our Yorkshire Party Bus can easily reach these locations:

Derby – 65 mins

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Nottingham – 65 mins
Lincoln – 65 mins
Chesterfield – 50 mins
Worksop – 40 mins
Sutton in Ashfield – 55 mins
Doncaster – 30 mins
Barnsley – 25 mins
Scunthorpe – 40 mins
Grimsby – 60 mins
Hull – 45 mins
Huddersfield – 30 mins
Halifax – 30 mins
Bradford – 25 mins
Keighley – 45 mins
Harrogate – 40 mins
York – 35 mins
Selby – 25 mins
Goole – 25 mins
Northallerton – 50 mins
Bridlington – 80 mins
Darlington – 65 mins
Middlesbrough – 65 mins
Durham  – 85 mins