Couple make VR hub a reality

Lincolnshire’s first virtual reality centre opened on Saturday (March 9) in Long Sutton.

VR Zone, at Hodding Way, is set up as a place for people to experience cutting-edge fun.

Owners Tele and Purdy Barros got the idea for the centre when they visited the Insomnia gaming show in Birmingham with their Fortnite-obsessed sons.

While there, the couple experienced using a VR rig and decided that was what the South Lincolnshire needed. From there they put the thrill of new technology together with an age-old problem of rural living.

“There’s nothing in Long Sutton for teens,” Tele said.

“People can come to us to play games, they don’t need to be hanging around and they’ll be somewhere safe,” he added.

VR Zone has six VR stations, each running PCs with VIVE Pro headsets.

Former wine merchant Tele said the centre was suitable for everything from single player sessions to birthday parties.

The soft opening of the centre took place at midday on Saturday and Tele said it went well, with lots of people braving the weather to step into another world.

Based on the day’s feedback, they have already added new games to the roster, making sure there is fun to be had for children and adults.

VR is suitable for children aged eight and up, under-11s must be accompanied by an adult.

For pricing, opening times and more information, visit VR Zone online at

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