Sat Sep 12th 2009 11:32:05: SphereMania Harness Sphereing Review
Helen and I were given a "Harness Sphereing for 2" experience as a joint present (I believe this is another name for Zorbing?). We were really excited to receive this present as it sounded fun and was something we'd not done before. It was booked through EX Element and our first challenge was to redeem our voucher. This required a visit to EX Element's website, registering etc and then in the end they sent me an email telling me to go to Sphere Mania's website and book there. So I went to Sphere Mania and registered again, selected a time etc etc and finally managed to make a booking. Of course it didn't end there as I then had to post my voucher to them (I really didn't understand why they needed me to post them a piece of paper with a number on it, which I'd already typed in online??)
As a side note I was a bit disappointed to read their Ts&Cs which seemed to suggest that if either of us were ill on the day they would not rearrange your booking and it was tough luck, however if they randomly cancelled on you it was down to you to call them within so many days and rebook. Seems slightly one sided.
Anyway we headed off to their London North site in Ware for our "roll". Initially we were quite disappointed with the hill as it was very short and the rolls were over in a few seconds. When it came to our go we realised why. The whole experience is actually pretty uncomfortable (I was on the head first side of the sphere and kept getting my head bashed every time we bounced down the hill). In fact I'd class the experience as more of a uncomfortable chore than an adrenaline filled excitement. You are quite glad when you reach the bottom!
This leads me on to the price... £55! what? why? ouch! It's stupidly overpriced! There is no discount if you want to book a second roll on the day and I can't believe someone had to pay £55 for Helen and me to have an uncomfortable ride down a hill that lasted just a few seconds.
Whilst there we also saw some people Aquasphering and that doesn't look much better. It looks more comfortable as you just sit on the bottom of the ball and slide along it as it rotates, however you get just the same experience from going to a swimming pool and going on a big water slide!
To top it all, Sphere Mania emailed me later to ask for feedback. I told them what I thought and only gave them 2 stars and strangely enough it didn't appear on their website. Looks like you need to give them good feedback, else you don't get published.
In the end we had a nice day out, as after the sphereing we went into Hertford for lunch and then went to Scott's Grotto in Ware and then a sculpture park in the middle of nowhere on the way home!