High how high & low can you go?

More adrenaline for us this half term with a visit to the newly opened Freedome Arial Park at Cheshire Oaks, right next to the cinema.  There are a fair few of these trampoline parks popping us across the UK, so what makes this one different?  Besides the large area of trampolines to bounce on, there are four other areas to have a go on.

Main bounce area

Slam dunk basketball x2 / Obstacle course x2 / A flip area – not sure how else to describe this; you just bounce yourself into a huge inflatable mat / Dodge ball – not open when went.  So lots to choose from.  You get two hours and a large sticker, to put on your top, displaying your start and finish times.  I popped on my socks with the grippers and off I went with my boys to get bouncing.  I’d thought ahead and put on my sports bra so I was good to go!  It’s been a while since I trampolined so I was a bit cautious, but you know it was great; rherapeutic even, the up and down and the up and down, makes your feel kind of tranquil.  Of course my boys bounced faster and higher than me and thought the site of me bouncing was hilarious; the cheek!


I also loved the very loud house style music they blast out, try bouncing in time to that!   Next to try was the obstacle course, of which there are two, one for the younger children and one for older children and adults.  Both quite tricky and enormous fun, think Ninja Warrior on ITV.  There are lots of staff to keep an eye on your children as they attempt the various things, but of course with all places like this it is really up to you to decide if your children are capable.  In face, once you have resisted on the computer, you have to read ALL the safety details and have to answer one question about them, get it right, you are but get it wrong and you have to try again.

It’s not huge which makes it easy to move around, at first I thought we wouldn’t last two hours, but we did grabbing a breather now and again. There is an on site cafe where you can sit and overlook the bouncers and enjoy an iced slush to cool down.  I had a look around and it was I’d it say 70% boys, not sure why!

There are also separate areas for children’s parties, up near the cafe on another level where you can enjoy a slush and cool off watch the other bouncers.  As well as a whole host of classes and activities for adults to try.  This is what I think sets this park apart from the img_0847others, the website is slick and cool and this matches the look and feel of the place.  The staff don’t stand around looking bored, they help and join in.  My eldest was desperate for a full on slam-dunk and was so nearly there so many times, so one of the staff gave him a few pointers and in the net it went!  There are loads of great classes, dodgeball and other stuff for adults to try.  Think this place is just for kids think again.  This is the new way to work up a sweat, just remember your sports bra!

One tiny moan thing, more lockers are needed for you to put your stuff in.

Find out more details Freedome Arial Park





Making Tracs in Delamere Forest

img_1737It’s half term, here in parts of Cheshire, a week later for some reason than the rest of the country.  I like many have had a ridiculous cough which left me gripping on to my bladder for real during a bout of coughing.  Hence not feeling up to much, but with two boys needing to be out and about I had little choice.  We are lucky living in the beautiful county of Cheshire with so many green spaces on our doorstep, Delamere Forest being one; a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain.

Outside Tracs

Delamere is a place for families to let off steam and find peace in the heart of the forest.  We’ve all got our own bikes but have yet to purchase a bike rack for the car, so being able to hire bikes at Delamere Forest from on site bike hire, Tracs, was idea.  Tony and his team at Tracs know all there is to now about bikes and more.  As well as offering repairs and servicing, bike sales and hire, and a whole raft of events including school and youth groups, stag and hen events, corporate team building; you can see they have a lot going on from their log cabin on site!  The bikes are fine-tuned and perfect for the forest paths you cycle on, with wide tyres and responsive brakes, and more gears than I knew what to do with!  After Tony’s briefing and choosing to start with the four mile trail we were off.  In moments, you are deep in the heart of the forest, being Autumn the carpet of crispy leaves and the trees were full of colour were a lovely site to see.  There is always the inevitable bit of competitiveness between my sons and soon we couldn’t see them as they sped off up the trail, with us old codgers bringing up the rear!

Carpet of leaves

I’d not been on a bike for a while so I thought I would struggle to keep up, but the path is gentle, with a few little humps and ridges to get your heart going.  The Forestry Commission look after Delamere Forest and they do a great job, we came across a clearing that was kind of spooky and boggy underfoot; all to do with forestry management.  We also found the Gruffalo; my 14-year-old secretly loved this!  You can push it as much as you dare on your bike or tootle along in tune with the landscape, the choice is yours.  Being on a bike means you can explore much further than on foot and get to see more of the forest.  It took us about two and a half hours to get around, but that included lots of stops.  I think next time we will bring our bikes and book them in with Tony for a service and head off on the 6-mile trail.  In the café, we all enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate, with cream AND a flake, for our endeavours.  Plus I didn’t cough once!

Forest clearing

Explore the forest on two wheels. There are cycling trails for all abilities from relaxing family rides to mountain bike trails and a bike skills area.   There are events in the forest all year round to suit everyone, details here – Delamere Forest

Go see Tony and get on your bike and get your heart pumping in one of the most beautiful places in Cheshire, details – Tracs Bike Hire



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