Thomas Bouncy Castle - £25 *** INSTORE ONLY *** @ Sainsburys - HotUKDeals
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Okay, so admittedly this INSTORE deal isn't going to set the world alight (unless you fill it with hydrogen and then have a barbecue on it...)

But there was a small pallet of at least a dozen Thomas the Tank Engine bouncy castles left in Newbury Sainsburys. I only found these by asking on the off-chance at the GM (general merchandise?) desk of another store, where the staff checked their computer system.

Don't know if it's national, but suspect there may be more lurking around the country (yes, wild goose-chase alert, blah-blah-blah!), but there's no harm in simply asking the next time you're in your local store?

It's the same price as the unbranded bouncy castle currently on sale in Lidl (as of 30 Jun 2014), but a few benefits of this one:

- It doesn't have those big, accident-waiting-to-happen gaps around the edge between the walls and base (not sure if the walls are actually attached to the base though?)
- It's Thomas!

Negatives of this one:

- It's only available instore - ask at the GM (general merchandise?) desk for local availability in surrounding stores.
- It doesn't have the hoop & hoopla extras of the Lidl one.
- It doesn't come with a pump (but nor does it require constant air - it's more akin in design to an inflatable mattress / chair / sheep / etc!)

Has anyone actually tried either of these? Or rather, have your children?...

Hope it helps someone anyway! We've got a 3-year old's "Thomas" party coming up soon, so it only needs to survive a few hours to have made it worth it - but will hopefully last longer in lieu of a trampoline (I know that they're not meant to be as "bouncy" though)

Price / links of past bouncy castle availability:

Sainsburys - £30 - OOS online but now £25 instore (this deal)

Tesco - £40 (£35 with code) - OOS online

Debenhams - £60 - available online (slightly different version)

Lidl - £24.99 (generic, non-Thomas brand but with hoop & hoopla):

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Thanks for all the information about other bouncy castles available. A really informative post.

Voted hot.
sounds good to me if you can get your hands on one
None available at Stamford or Peterborough.
Thanks op , Plenty in stock in brighton and west hove , off to get one now :p:p
anyone have any ideas on how many 3 year kids this likely to hold
Got the LIDL one in Reading & it doesn't look too safe! Find out at the weekend :\
Wish the Mrs would have got the Newbury one for the sake of 20mins
Nice post OP
Not available in Midlands at all.

Speaking to Sainsbbury this is a regional product :(:(

Edited By: SarvoUK on Jul 01, 2014 11:52: Spelling mistake
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Does the Lidl one need constant air?
Haven't tried ours out yet, but I think all these types (including the Lidl one) are simply "fill-and-seal". The larger constant air variety seem to be heavier duty and still work even when there are small holes in the material - but understandably cost more, not only for the pump...

Thomas - H165 x W153 x L153cm
Lidl - H180 x W160 x L160cm (so getting more for your money, with "games" too)

Those outer sizes actually seem quite small - so perhaps only room for a couple of toddlers on at once, if that?

Not sure how tall the "walls" are and whether the more hyperactive kids could launch themselves over the side? (My brother did this as a youngster...)

Also not sure if these have fixing points on the base to stop them tipping?

I never thought that I'd research bouncy castles so much!!!
I purchased the Lidl one yesterday for my little lad.

There are individual chambers that need to be filled with air. The fittings are just like that seen on an air bed or lilo. You will need a foot pump. The manual states not to use a compressor.

There are no fixing points so it cannot be tied down.

The sides seem a little bit flimsy so I would say that it would be quite easy for a hyperactive child to launch themselves over.
Has anyone actually used theirs yet?

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