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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.


st helens party entertainment

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!!

yorks party travel surcharge

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

childrens party entertainers

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

40th birthday party ideas

Perfect birthday party ideas for 30th, 40th & 50th celebrations

This weekend the iBox provided entertainment for a 40th and a 50th Birthday Party. We have done this many times before, however both were very different from each other. The 40th celebration party on Sunday evening in Stockport was a surprise present from the Birthday boy’s wife, so his mates came round and they all enjoyed 2 hours of our Xbox entertainment starting with a FIFA League, then finishing with many Call of Duty battles.

The 50th Birthday party on Saturday evening was a bit of a last minute booking (it’s always worth checking availability with us as we have multiple vehicles so can usually find a slot for you). This 50th Birthday party at venue in Bolton was different as we entertained the guests children whilst the adults enjoyed their party. Anna emailed this morning to say ‘Thank you for Saturday night, the children absolutely loved it… it was peace of mind for me knowing they were safe in the ‘box’ so I could enjoy the party.

We get booked like this to for Weddings too. It gives the adults time, space and peace of mind to enjoy their wedding reception, whilst the children are very happily entertained for hours. Unlike typical wedding entertainment we do not hike our rates up, so if you’re planning a wedding or know somebody that is, then our entertainment is definitely worth recommending.


fun school activities day ideas

This year has been our busiest for school rewards and end of year fun activities, just as well we have another new vehicle available. Every school has different needs, budgets and pupil numbers. Some want to provide an incentive to increase attendance figures, others look to reward those that behave the best. Whatever the reason, the result is the same. Boys and girls both thoroughly enjoy the group entertainment as everybody competes against each other at the same time. We can even link vehicles together to allow for larger group play or tactical team battles.

We can accommodate a large number of pupils either by making multiple vehicles available or by rotating numbers through timed sessions. Each vehicle allows 9 players at any one time, we can have up to 12 in the vehicle per session and will rotate fairly every 5 minutes.

We now have four vehicles available, but in order to secure a booking for the year ahead we recommend booking well in advance.

If you would like to discuss further please contact Ben on 07966 360880 or email us.

tgi fridays xbox parties

The iBox has teamed up with a fantastic family friendly restaurant which is perfectly located just off Junction 17 of the M60. TGI Fridays in Prestwich, Manchester offers the perfect setting to accompany your child’s Xbox birthday party or celebration. Offering plenty of parking and being so close to the M60 makes this an ideal place to meet up. With such a mouthwatering menu some parents will surely be tempted to dine-in between drop off and collection.

The iBox has been successfully delivering children’s parties since November 2011, in that time the iBox has collaborated with many family venues across the North West to give parents as much choice as possible. Some parents opt to host their kids party away from their home for a number of different reasons: They prefer not to have the intrusion of children in their home, they have limited parking outside their home or it’s simply far more convenient.

TGI Fridays offer two menu options. Little League menu is available for smaller children at just £4.99, Major League menu for older children is available at £6.49. Check to see what’s on the kids’ menu this month.

So if you are looking to hire the iBox and live in Prestwich, Swinton, Salford, Radcliffe, Middleton, Bury, Cheetham Hill and any other nearby districts in Manchester, wouldn’t it be a good idea to let TGI Fridays cater for your children’s party! For more details about our Xbox parties we have a FAQ page. If you would like to enquire about our availability, please use our Rates Quote Form, and we will get back to you within 24 hrs. We will also arrange your booking with TGI Fridays.

TGI Fridays
Valley Park Road, Prestwich
M25 3TG
Tel: 0344 692 0261

tgi fridays prestwich kids birthday party idea


Here at the iBox we actively encourage responsible Xbox gaming. We created our own unique party invitations that are available to download and print once you have booked your party. We have a wide range of games suitable for a broad range of ages. ‘PEGI (Pan European Game Information) ratings provide guidance to consumers (particularly parents) to help them decide whether or not to buy a particular product’. Therefore it is up to the parent who books the party to select which games they want to be played. Our party invitations indicate the ratings of age suitability, via check boxes, this then informs all parents. Please read our brief reviews of the games, and note the age range symbols.

We have also just created a fun chart to help your children keep their rooms tidy, you’re welcome to download it from here 🙂

iBox keep your room tidy

sleepover parties

A small percentage of parents are brave (or mad) enough to organise a Sleepover party for their children and friends. The iBox has been providing children’s parties for six years and we have noticed bookings for sleepover parties gradually increase over those years. One of the common queries is ‘how late can you come?’ Let us assure you that our bedtimes are later than your sons or daughters so we will do welcome parties as late as you want. One added advantage of our Xbox parties are that a lot of noise and energy can be exhausted in the backs of our party buses and not in your home, giving you a well earned break and leaving you to put your feet up whilst we host the chaotic fun.

Our birthday parties are arranged as a Minecraft Party, A Fifa League or Multiplayer Competition (typically racing & shooting games), if you decide to book us for longer we can mix and match those different party types, We also award a choice of prize for the winner and have lots of stylish products we offer as bundles that can be given to the invited kids as party bags, caps or mugs .

Our party bus is quite unique as it organises the games into competitions, the original US concept developed ‘game lounges’ which offered a ‘free-for-all approach’ individual choice of game and console and typically had just a handful of large screens (typically 40″ plus) which the children played in lots of smaller groups as the consoles don’t link with each other and games are played on lower resolution split screen. The iBox set about a completely different concept as it provides one console and HD screen per player so that the group of children play together within the same games, far more sociable and fun. Our HD screens are 24″ but because the children are sat at close proximity to the screen they get a completely immersive experience of the action, they are also positioned at a comfortable eye level height as opposed to one amusing example we have seen recently which will no doubt lead to sore necks and frustrated children as the screens are ridiculously far away.

Another concern for parents when hiring entertainment is will they turn up? The prospect of anticipating a large group of children in your home without entertainment fills most parents with utter derad. The iBox has been asked several times recently if we can cover for other companies that have let them down at the last minute. There is nothing worse than the thought of organising a children’s party and to find out with very little notice that their only vehicle has broken down or they have gone out of business and are not answering their phone. The iBox has no such concerns, we have very recently just completed our 3rd vehicle which will only be used occasionally for busier periods but can be on standby for any sudden mechanical issues.

To organise your sleepover party use our availability form or contact Ben on 07966 360880.