A popular children's soft play centre has closed its doors for good but has plans to reopen at a new location soon.

Jungle Mania in Wessex Road, Bourne End, abruptly shut on Friday, February 4, due to a landlord dispute.

The unexpected closure caused distress among the staff, according to the businesses social media page.

Jungle Mania said: "We would like to make it clear that the events on Friday were a surprise to us and extremely upsetting for all the staff that work there.

"Anyone who has booked a party with us, will be contacted and offered a relocation to one of our other centres or a full refund.

"As I'm sure you can imagine, we have received a high volume of enquires the past few days, so please be patient as we work through all messages."

The company also announced it has secured a premise at the Eden Shopping centre, High Wycombe, and will reopen later in the year.

Jungle Mania concluded by expressing gratitude for the continued public support and anticipation of welcoming customers at their new location.

"We look forward to seeing you soon".

The news has received mixed reactions among residents in Buckinghamshire with one person stating the Bourne End site was in need of a "clean up" anyway.

Sam Schofield said: "This is quite good, Bourne end was always a bit of a pain!"

Laura Munkley added: "Sounds like a silver lining! The premises and parking in Bourne End were awful and I think staying there would have put you out of business within the year due to the number of people not returning (us included).

"A clean, sparkly, warm venue will be a marked improvement." 

Scarlett Dudley-gritt has welcomed the news of Jungle Mania opening in High Wycombe, adding: "I’ve been saying for ages the Eden Centre needed something like this.

"When my 12 year old wants to walk round with her friend I need somewhere for me and my 5 year old; he gets bored in M&S cafe! I’ll defo bring him to you instead." 

Claire Winterbourne echoed this and said: "A great addition to Eden! Something that has been much needed for a long time!"