Aerial Adventure at Center Parcs

When we went on holiday to Center Parcs Longleat Forest, there was one activity all of my kids wanted to do – Aerial Adventure. You know the sort of thing – wobbly wooden slats and pieces of rope strung between platforms on trees VERY high off the ground.

This isn’t purely a kids’ activity (although kids can do it from a very tiny 1.22m), there are plenty of adults and teenagers who do it too.

Before we knew it, we were there. The kids were kitted out in helmets and harnesses and they were ready to go. I looked up at the trees and the wobbly wooden bridges and bits of rope, and I shuddered. I don’t consider myself to be afraid of heights, but that really did look very high. I knew it was perfectly safe, but knew I wouldn’t want to be up there myself.

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My younger son is not great with heights, he’s the one who didn’t quite make it to the top of Snowdon first time round (although I was very proud of him for making it second time round). He has a thing about bridges – he doesn’t like them. He doesn’t even like the solid, covered pedestrian bridge from the car park into the shopping centre in Cabot’s Circus in Bristol, so I really wasn’t sure how he’d cope with a few wobbly bits of wood high off the ground.

But before he started, he’d rationalised the situation. He’d made it to the top of Snowdon, so he could manage some ropes in some trees. I was still surprised when he volunteered to go first, though.

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He took it slowly and steadily. I knew he’d need me with him for moral support, so I walked along with him, shouting encouragement and taking photos. He did look a little bit scared, but he made it over some seriously wobbly slats of wood, with no need for any help from the instructors.

My eldest took off like a rocket, just as I’d expected him to do. When it comes to being brave, there’s nothing he can’t do. He’s not the most physically able kid, yet he has endless stamina and bravery. He’s very resilient and nothing fazes him. He sets his mind to walk or climb (or trek along some ropes high in trees) and he gets on with it. Fast.

My daughter was setting off and I felt sorry that I couldn’t see her, but I knew she’d be fine. My husband was with her and I needed to stay with my younger son.

Then he said: ‘Mum, can you stop doing that?’.

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Actually, he didn’t need me. Having me there was making him nervous because he could see me below him and he didn’t want to look down. He just needed to get on with it without me.

Daughter, Aerial Adventure, Center Parcs, Loud 'n' Proud

So I walked back to watch my daughter. She was taking it slowly, understandably as she’s smaller, but she didn’t look remotely scared. She was concentrating hard and she was smiling! She smiled for every photo I took, yet she was so high off the ground, it took my breath away. I looked at the obstacles, way up in the trees and so unsteady, looked at her having to really stretch between the slats on the bridge, and was in awe at what she was doing. She turned sideways to edge along a spider’s web of rope strung between two trees, she edged her way along a bridge made only of rope. And I was so proud of her, proud of all of them.

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Before we knew it, she was at the end. Just the big zip wire across the width of the lake at Centre Parcs to do. This was the bit she’d been looking forward to most of all.

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She let go and she was off! Whizzing through the air, this tiny little girl, high above a lake. And I wanted to shout to everyone: ‘That’s my daughter! That tiny dot of pink up there, that’s my girl!’.

She landed with her brothers and the three walked back to meet us, exhilarated, happy and proud of themselves. It had been a fantastic experience for them.

Aerial Adventure at Center Parcs costs £28 per person.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Wow, well done the kids! That looks very exciting indeed – and more than a little nerve-racking. What a great experience, though – I’m looking forward to our kids being old enough to give this a go too.

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    • Thanks very much. They absolutely loved it – they’re so much braver than me! It’s surprising how little some of the kids are who do it!

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  2. Oh wow wow wow. I’ve always been in awe of people that do this. Well done to all three of them, it does look pretty high up doesn’t it? I think I’d be screaming all the way down!

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    • It was very high! I just don’t think I could do it, even though I don’t consider myself afraid of heights. My daughter spent the whole holiday asking if she could do it again.

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  3. Brilliant photos Sarah! Well done to all of them for doing it and I really love the pic of your girl on the zip wire at the end – what an achievement! x

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    • Thanks very much! I loved these photos 🙂 I was so proud of them and they loved every second of it! x

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  4. My teen would be on that like a shot, the other 2……….I wouldn’t be able to drag them up there! (I wouldn’t either, terrified of heights) x

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  5. My teen would be on that like a shot, the other 2……….I wouldn’t be able to drag them up there! (I wouldn’t either, terrified of heights) x

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  6. Well done to all of them! It’s interesting that your son didn’t need you, but great that he’s conquered his fear of heights. Hurrah!!

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  7. My daughter has done this at Wyre Forest-she was amazing, although she had a wobble at one point she never asked for help or gave up. She kept going. Children can surprise us can’t they. She wants me to go up with her next time though….
    Well done to everyone!

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  8. My kids are too small for this yet, but I already know that they’ll be desperate to do it once they’re big enough! Looks like lots of fun, and you can tell how much your daughter loved that zip wire from that fab photo! x

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  9. What a great experience for your three, I had a go on one of these types of things a couple of years ago now and I was more scared than the kids. Super impressed with your youngest as he is so scared of heights. That final zip wire looks like an exhilarating end to an adrenaline filled course. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  10. This looks like such a fantastic experience! Mine aren’t quite big enough yet but I know they would love to do this if we go back to Center Parcs next year. #CountryKids

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  11. That looks amazing and such great photos too. We didn’t have time to do this when we were there as the boys had chosen the laser tag but it looked amazing. We have done Go Ape which is similar though and it is so good for kids to do. I would quite like to do it too

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  12. Wow! I’m so impressed, there is no way I could do that! I was always quite relieved when we visited Center Parcs that the kids were too little at that point 🙂 #CountryKids

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