Bouncy castle hire is a superb fun for the children’s birthday parties and is a superb option all year round, as they may be hired for indoor or outdoor venues, so weather doesn’t have to prevent your children having a good party.

When hiring a bouncy castle, the best thing to do would be to simply search for ‘bouncy castle hire ###’ utilising the search engines, where “###” can be your city. Have a look at the top ranking 3 websites and at least one of them should be described as a decent quality business. By this, I mean prices is likely to be reasonable, no surcharges will apply, unless overnight hire, or a generator are required.

It’s also wise to ensure that whenever you make your booking that the pictures on the site will be the actual pictures of the bouncy castles that you will receive on the afternoon and not just a dirty, tatty, torn alternative. This is very common as lots of people buy old 3rd hand bouncy castles from auction websites and then rent them from a week-end, but showing fake pictures on the websites, stolen from other websites.

are they manufactured in the UK to British Standard BS EN 14960? – this ensures safe materials, which can be fire retardant and don’t irritate skin and that the bouncy castles are bouncy enough to be safe, in addition to being strong enough to withstand the forces applied, i.e. wind, bouncing kids, etc. Some bouncy castles are very poor that you could feel the ground underneath when sanding on them… imagine if this were your child’s head!

Does the inflatable have an RPII initial test certificate and a PIPA tag (annual safety inspection, similar to MOT’s for cars in the UK) – this ensures that the inflatables still conform to the British Standard, annually after they were manufactured.
Many companies use cheaper, non standard bouncy castles, imported from China, which may not be safe, or as good quality since the inflatables which can be manufactured in the UK. I would avoid these companies!

Top quality UK manufactured castles are manufactured using more expensive materials and so do not require big high powered fans to help keep them inflated, as they cannot leak air. They reach their equilibrium pressure much quicker, with a calmer, lower power fan. Therefore, with quality hire companies, you will spend less on electric usage which is just about £0.40 each day anyway, but at the very least your young ones is likely to be less likely to injure themselves by striking their heads on the ground, as a result of partial deflatedness of the equipment.

I don’t suppose the conventional person thinks of all this when booking a bouncy castle, but should you and you are reading this informative article, then it is certainly worth considering. It is obviously better to get a fresh inflatable delivered promptly, rather than 12 year old non-bouncy castle delivered 2 hours late or not at all. Imagine a childrens party in a sports hall and the inflatable never arrives… the kids would be gutted. I suppose the difference is that some companies are run privately by people working full-time, whereas other hire companies are solely hire companies and have a number of staff, with spare vans and spare equipment to cover every eventuality and ensuring the booking could be kept, even though some staff are poorly, etc.

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