Walk into the beautiful Vivary park, veer right and you’ll come across the Vivary Adventure Centre, a great place to get the whole family active for an hour.
Their rope challenges are only for the fearless, with the high ropes towering a huge 9 meters above ground level. That’s a long way up for anyone, especially those wary of heights.
At the start of the session you’re kitted out with a hard hat and safety harness before being led to the low ropes, which at 5 meters high I’m not sure I would class as low, but the kids seemed more than comfortable with this.
The course consisted of 9 challenges from ‘walking the plank’ to ‘swing steps’ and ‘the barrell’ (which you have to crawl through). All of these you understand are not the official challenge names!
Two of the three boys I took were confident enough that by the end of the low ropes they were speeding through the challenges. As they progressed to the high ropes, the third, however, was struggling with his fear of heights and the staff at the centre did a fantastic job of encouraging him around the course as he decided to, in his own words, ‘power through’. And power through he did.
All 12 exhilarating challenges were completed. More swinging steps, wobbling tyres, a trapeze, even a zip wire. All the way around to the swinging vertical logs (these looked scary), soon arriving back to the safety of the instructors.
All round high fives were followed by ice creams (and a well-earned coffee for me) from the clean, and sensibly priced café.
At £10 per person I found the Ariel Challenge great value. It lasted about an hour and all three boys loved it, even with the fear factor for one of them.
In the summer months I would suggest pre-booking.
Start times are regular (every 30 minutes) but, quite rightly, they do get busy.
Note: Tickets for this visit were kindly provided by Vivary Adventure Centre.