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EXCITING NEWS: Iconic "Papa Johns Pizza" is coming to Centre VR's Coffee Shop very soon. Special party food packages will also be available.

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NEW TERM TIME HOURS

Now open Monday to Friday, 2pm-6pm

Sat 10am-8pm & Sun 10am-4:30pm

Coffee shop now open inside Centre VR serving delicious Hot Dogs!

CENTRE VR BOOKINGS ARE 100% SAFE

Should any circumstances change, due to guidelines or mandatory restrictions by the UK Government with regard to the Covid19, relating to the movement of people and/or availability of activities in the leisure and hospitality industry, we guarantee to all our valued customers that any bookings made with Centre VR, The Lockey, or Oblivion Arena, will always be able to be changed, converted to gift vouchers (which never expire), or refunded. So you can book with confidence with Centre VR.

AWARD WINNING CENTRE VR

CENTRE VR WINS TOP TRIP ADVISOR AWARD – 2021 (Top 10% of attractions Worldwide)

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And we can proudly announce our award winning status, having won 3 SILVER awards in the Official BCP Tourism Destination Awards for 2020
and also 2 x SILVER awards in the BH Stars Awards 2020.
We are also a proud partner of the official BCP Tourism Partnership

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Welcome to Centre VR

We are Europe’s largest virtual reality venue, with 30 stations of the very best VR headsets with all the top titles available to play multiplayer or solo.

Safe, sanitised, socially distanced

Good To Go England

Best & Largest Virtual Reality in UK

We use the very best virtual reality equipment in the largest centre with the most stations in the UK. We have over 120 titles available, including unique multiplayer experiences. Driving and flying simulators may also be available at times.

Our passionate team of staff is dedicated to ensuring the best experience in VR possible. We host adult’s and children’s parties and events.

Centre VR has a large viewing area to allow spectating with plenty of monitors to show the action. Our vending machines provide hot and cold drinks and snacks. We have a disabled toilet and baby changing room.

Our friendly, knowledgable, and supportive team welcome your party, school, or corporate guests to help you experience the most amazing virtual reality titles. We guarantee to exceed your expectations about virtual reality. Step into a game with us today!

Max & Jason Visit Centre VR

Trying VR For the first time

See how presenters Max and Jason enjoyed their visit to Centre VR. This video was recorded before the Corona Virus.

The two presenters tried their hands, for the first time ever in VR, at Beat Saber, cooking in Job Simulator, shooting aliens in Space Pirate Trainer, and shooting each other in Tower Tag.

Sadly, the competition is over, so please don’t enter now — it’s too late! But enjoy the video!

From our live Facebook and Trip Advisor pages

Awesome!!

We visited with our 14 year old grandson for the 90 minute gaming experience where he could select from an array of games to play during that time. He described the experience as "awesome" and would love to go on a regular basis if it were nearer his home. This was the best 90 minutes of a 3 day break for him. He described it to mates on his phone as "totally amazing." The staff were very friendly and helped you if required. During our time there we watched several families and friends participating in other games. Everyone in the centre seemed to be having a great, fun-filled time whatever activity they were doing. All in all, a definite destination in Bournemouth for VR fans of all ages. Great!

– lesg895 August 2021
Highly recommended! Mind blowing experience

Absolutely amazing experience. Really recommend the Multi pass and playing Assassins creed origins! The staff are passionate about what they do, so so helpful and support you in navigating the VR experience. I wish I had more time in Bournemouth to have gone back again!

– AABarut Dartford, United Kingdom Aug 2021
Unique Group Activity

Completed one of the VR Escape Rooms (Prison) with friends in July 2021 and we all really enjoyed our experience. Had a fantastic time and using VR was a completely new experience for some of the group so we were all a bit blown away by it! Had some initial teething issues setting up the game but were quickly fixed by staff who were friendly, professional and helpful. Although a bit pricey, I would recommend for a unique group experience. Looking forward to trying the other themed escape room games in the near future!

– Licit43 Jul 2021
Brilliant Fun

My son and I went for the first time last week. We were terrible at it, but with enormous patience and support from the excellent team, they got us going and we had a real blast. Great graphics and super challenge. Thank you

– Kate Kate Bournemouth Aug 2021
Good Family Fun

It is a well run operation, lots of room, attentive staff and decent kit. We went as a family, Mum, Dad and 2 girls aged 9 and 11 and had a great time.

– Culture519858 Iver 2021
Birthday Party

Today my son had an amazing birthday party at Centre VR. Him and his 9 friends had a brilliant time. Now normally food at parties is cheap- squash, cheap crisps etc… not here! It was “boys help yourself to any branded drink from chiller, here’s your hot-dog.. help yourself to any branded bag of crisps… now go and help yourself to any ice cream from the freezer!” Just brilliant. Thank you Centre VR for such a chilled out, easy party! Highly recommended! 👍👍

– Nickiie P Aug 2021
Great fun for all the family.

We all loved it. Definitely coming back for more.

– Simon Doling April 2021
Perfect day out. Paul S wrote a review Sep 2020

We went for my daughters 13th birthday. The team couldn’t have been more helpful. Plenty of social distancing and lots of teenage competitiveness. Give yourself a few hours there. You’ll be glad if it. Definitely coming back. Thanks to the team for all your help. The kids really enjoyed themselves.

– TripAdvisor
Super futuristic! ApotheosisX

Took my daughter and a friend to try this VR place. I thought it would be cool, and it was SERIOUSLY cool, but what happily impressed me further was the wonderful staff. They were really good with the children and very helpful in assisting us. One young lad was so enthusiastic he's basically sold me the idea of getting a home kit. Clean, totally futuristic, and fun. Brilliant.

– TripAdvisor
Fantastic fun saintlee1970 wrote a review Sep 2020

Came here with our two sons aged 10 and 12 We started using the virtual ride machine at the entrance which they both enjoyed,they the did one and a half hours be together We could see all that was going on via big screens from the seating area and could also see the children They have a very good and sensible approach to covid 19 with temp checks sanitising etc The thing that made it even better was the help and support given to us by Jamie and Sam Very supportive very knowledgeable and extremely helpful and happy to do whatever the children needed to enhance this experience An absolute joy to talk to them both can’t express enough how helpful they were and we will definitely come back

– TripAdvisor
Absolutely amazing!!

We visited the Centre VR as a large group - family of 4 x 2 Both families played against each other which made it so much fun. Its VR but it feels so real!! The graphics / CGI is so good. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely visit again when in Bournemouth and I would recommend it.

– Reviewed by Adedayo T 16 Aug 2020
Amanda Recommends Centre VR

We went to vr today for my sons birthday. It was fantastic, the team were so helpful and the vr amazing. My son said it was the best birthday ever. Definitely recommend!

– Amanda Greet 2 Aug 2020
Great games and excellent staff

"So much fun was had by all 3 boys and myself and boyfriend who enjoyed watching them. We are definitely returning in the summer holidays so I can play as well. See you very soon for more fun. And thanks for making ollies birthday treat such a good one ."

– Mich S. | TripAdvisor
Awesome experience

Awesome experience at the VR Center my kids are planning their parties here!!! staff were so helpful even though it was busy even gave us a voucher as a tech issue stopped play for some time. I would highly recommend x

– Simonne Tate 19 Aug 2020
Survival island virtual game.

Staff very friendly. Two teenage boys loved it and want to go back soon. Played as a team can hear each other was great family fun.

– Reviewed by K4739YJjoanneg
SUPER fun

"Me and my mate and his nipper only got to play Tower Tag, but it was really good fun. Highly recommended, especially to those who've not experienced the wonder of stepping into the modern virtual world yet."

– Rich J. | Facebook
Absolutely amazing!

"The whale encounter and coral reef I did do were gorgeous though. Staff is friendly and professional. They help you the whole time if you need it. It's clean and spacious- we're definitely going back."

– Ingrid S. | TripAdvisor
Awesome fun

"We had a 15 minute game of laser tag and loved it! It’s something you have to try, watching other people play doesn’t look fun until you try it for yourself."

– Mark B. | TripAdvisor
Great experience

"Thought it was great - lots of space for gamers and also a PC area as well. Snack and hot drink machines as well as a kitchen area, party room and toilets. Would definitely recommend it"

– Helen H. | Facebook
Great Fun

5 mates, 1 hour and a lot of laughs. This is great fun is you like having fun and want to experience gaming in a different way. You don't need to be a gaming geek or pro player as this is perfect for all levels. Highly recommended. 1 hour just wasn't enough.

– J0nesy81
We had a great time

We had a great time at centre VR this morning. In light of the current situation I can assure you that the staff were very thorough with the cleaning of headsets etc. They also went above and beyond to give my daughter and her brother a memorable birthday morning and even persuaded me and my husband to have a go at 'tower tag' which was great fun. Thank you so much. I hope people will continue to support you in the weeks ahead.

– Helen Riggs
My son’s 11th birthday party

Centre VR is a great place for a party. The children thoroughly enjoy it and there’s plenty of seating for the adults. A party room is provided too, where you can order in your own food. Highly recommend Centre VR. Tim and Charlie are very helpful.

– Amanda
Fantastic birthday event for my son’s 12th birthday

We booked for 6 on the Sunday afternoon, however phoned to transfer to the Friday evening due to weather concerns. Centre VR could not have been any more helpful and accommodating. It was my youngest son’s birthday and from the moment we arrived till when we left, the staff were friendly and supportive. Even for me! The staff explained how everything works, obviously the kids took to it straight away! I however, took a bit longer to master, the staff helped the technophobe (me), and I was enjoying the catalogue of available games within 5 minutes. I was the last person to down the headset and controllers at the end of our session! Didn’t want it to stop. Visit again?? Hell yeah!

– businessgraham
Birthday Party

Took 7 boys here yesterday for my son's 13th birthday and they all got do everything and loved it all , they would all 100% recommend TOWER TAG �

– Kerri Pook Was Elliott
Great family fun

6 of us took part in the survival game for our son’s 18th birthday. Ages 42-11 we all had a fantastic time! It was pretty simple to get used to the controls and we all really enjoyed the game (despite only getting 89% through- we were soooo close!). We also had a go on the VR rollercoasters, they were great too! We will definitely be back!

– Reviewed by noeler566 15 Aug 2020
Great for novices

As a complete novice at VR, I had an absolute brilliant time, the staff were so helpful. Will definitely be coming back

– Sharon McEvoy
Virtual Escape Room fun

Firstly we were very impressed with the service we received from the staff throughout. From booking the experience over the phone, to arrival and starting the game, even chatting to staff after the game they were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and generally a pleasure to deal with. Having done a few escape rooms, this was our first try at a virtual escape room and we weren't disappointed. We chose "Mission Sigma" and after some helpful advice with the controls in an in-game waiting room we were off. Plenty of challenging puzzles to keep three eager teenagers and their dad engaged and really working together to complete the puzzles. We managed to escape and we're so impressed that we've booked our next 'room" already. The VR setup is impressive - we really felt immersed in the game with excellent visuals and responsive controls. If you like escape rooms, it's definitely worth giving this a whirl, definitely fun and definitely less crowded than the beach !!

– Reviewed by 488pault 10 Aug 2020
Highly Recommend

Highly recommend this place. they all had a great time. Wished I’d booked for the parents too! Will be returning for sure

– Lisa Hart
The Best Time

My son and I had the BEST time at Centre VR yesterday, and as it was a bit quieter when our hour was due to end, they were very kind and generous in letting us play for longer (without interrupting our play either). I ended up playing longer than the 11 year old!! 😂 Highly recommended, we’ll definitely be back 👍👍

– Alice Allan
Brilliant great fun

As 3 adult females and a 16 year girls we spent and hour on a VR Escape game. The staff were professional and helpful throughout. It was thoroughly enjoyable and can't wait to go again.

– Reviewed by Carroll1uk 10 Aug 2020
Excellent Place

Excellent place staff really friendly and kiddy friendly and patient an so helpful and my kids had a lovely time 😃 I even enjoyed it shooting an blowing stuff up and I’m old. Great fun for all ages 😃😃😃👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 definitely worth going and we would go again. thank you very much for the experience

– James Parker
Friendly team

Had my sons 10th birthday party at Centre VR, team were so friendly and helpful with the booking. Kids had a amazing time and everything was well explained . Free party room and lovely space

– Maria J
Engaging and Helpful Staff

The staff were engaging and helpful, there were a plethora of games options, our girls were laughing and enjoyed pitting their wits against each other and the environment is very relaxing. We highly recommend and shall be back!!!⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

– Damian Garner
Totally Amazing

"Had the pleasure of meeting the staff, a wonderfully bright and knowledgeable team, they helped me to understand the games as this was my first time using a VR system. Totally and a fantastic time had by all in my group."

– Angus W. | TripAdvisor
Sons Birthday

Had my son's 9th birthday at Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre BH1, The Manager Tim was fantastic. I phoned prior to ensure everything was sorted which it was. We arrived slightly early and they let the children start early. They took time with each one to set them up and teach them through the VR. If they were stuck they were right there to help. Accommodating kind and fantastic time had by all. The team on Tim the Manager , Katie, Oskari and Ollie were fantastic

– Eleanor Jade
Excellent place

"Staff really friendly and kiddy friendly and patient an so helpful and my kids had a lovely time I even enjoyed it shooting an blowing stuff up and I’m old. Great fun for all ages definitely worth going and we would go again."

– James P. | Facebook
Best place I've been to

Good space, good VR. Took a while for staff to answer calls when pressing help within the game, but for VR definitely the best place I've been to. Would prefer the controllers of the Rift S or HP Reverb, as the controllers aren't as user friendly for some games, but you can't fault them for getting the most expensive VR units.

– sultanofswerve
Christmas present for Dad and son

We had the best time all together at Centre VR. From booking the staff even on the phone were so helpful and gave us a great special offer on the Assassin's Creed game. When we arrived again all the staff were so friendly. My husband didn't know the game all that well but he and our older son soon got the hang of it and very vocally together had a great time. It was so funny to watch them climbing and risking their lives in the game. You can sit and watch both what they're doing on the screen and them. They finished the game before the session was up so the staff let our daughters have a go. They absolutely loved it. One went under the sea which she loved and the other became a virtual Santa. It's a really lovely atmosphere in the place as each of the staff get very involved and you quickly feel relaxed. We can't wait to go again.

– franbex39
Fantastic Fun

We visited with my partners nephew and there was so much for him to explore through the games and experiences there were to offer. We finished our session with a group tower game and for someone who’s never games before the team were so helpful with advice and very patient. We can’t wait to come back! Thankyou for such a lovely experience

– jessicalouholley

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