Recently we celebrated The Big One’s birthday at Aerial Extreme, Manchester. What a truly wonderful day! In the interests of disclosure, I spent the entire afternoon with my feet firmly on the floor, but the kids and Ghostwriterdaddy most certainly did not! This is what they got up to: a birthday adventure with Aerial Extreme!
We were asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to our booking time, and this is so that the kids could receive training and fit their harnesses safely. The training is actually very simple- they’re shown how to use the rope system and given reassurance about the course from the trained staff. The staff are always present on the ground to offer words of encouragement and advice. Then basically they are left to it! See the excitement on her face?!
The entire group up in the trees is around 15 people, and everyone completes the course in order, since everyone is attached to a rope that clips onto a pulley system for each different part. So there’s no queue jumping and everyone was really patient with those who were less confident. There’s only one person on each part of the course at any one time too, so nobody is wobbling it for you and you can take your time, go at your own pace.
The Big One went straight for it. No fear. No hesitation, From the ground below, my heart was in my throat! One of her friends was slightly more hesitant, but the staff were amazing and really helped to reassure her. By the end they were all striding through the trees with confidence!
One of the most lovely things about the Aerial Extreme adventure, is the way that it bonds the whole group together. Words of encouragement echoed through the trees. Proud applause twinkled between the leaves as a fearful participant reached solid ground once more, having conquered the part of the course they thought they never would. Whoops of joy sounded all around as the kids figured out the best way to complete a tricky course. Team building, bonding, personal physical and psychological achievement was tangible.
Everyone looked out for each other, and it was really lovely. And those trees were high!
The course itself is a series of ropes, logs, planks and tyres, which the kids completed with gusto and enthusiasm. It takes around an hour and a half to go round and is finished with a huge zip wire. Your session is rarely called off and runs whatever the weather. So wrap up warm and bring some gloves too.
Because you’re attached to ropes, you’re perfectly safe and if you do fall, you’ll dangle a little bit until you right yourself again! The first time this happened was truly terrifying to watch, but the kids found it hilarious!
All in all, the birthday Aerial Extreme adventure was a fantastic afternoon and the kids LOVED it. Cannot wait to do it again. I might even have a go myself next time!
At the moment Aerial Extreme are offering 10% off for half term, if you use the code OHT2015 when you book. This is valid until the 1st November so get climbing now! There will also be a late night Halloween event and special Christmas voucher sales too. Now there’s a Christmas gift idea!
Please check the site for details on an Aerial Extreme course local to you, and don’t forget the entrance requirements too. Climbers must be at least 6 years old and a minimum height of 1.1m.
The kids LOVED their Aerial Extreme adventure and I am sure you would too!
We were given ad family ticket in return for this review. All opinions are my own.