The kids craved something different to do in the summer holidays, so we took them to have a go at Bedale Aerial Extreme. Set in the Camp Hill Adventure Park, Aerial Extreme is an action packed experience which is 13m above the ground at its highest point.
We arrived on a gorgeous sunny day and the kids were full of excitement and trepidation. We pre-booked our tickets, paying £24 per child. Upon arrival we went to purchase pairs of gloves for the kids to protect their hands from rope burn. Two members of staff explained how to put the harnesses on for the safety of those taking part. The course uses a safe self belay system, providing 100% attachment method while still requiring some interaction with kerabiner plate, prevents detachment pf users from the safety line at all times.
Both our children started off really well, but Sophia got to the fourth obstacle and wanted to get off. There was a group of teenagers behind our two children.and they were really helpful with encouraging Sophia to get to a safe point in order to get down.
I was surprised at how few staff there seemed to be. All the participants where at different stages at different times, and at the beginning where the stragglers were there were no members of staff to be seen.
All in all there are 23 obstacles to complete, taking an average of an hour and a half if you happen to be a monkey, and at the end is an optional 172m zip wire. Although Sophia got off the course early, she was given the option to do the zip wire at the end, something that she did with enthusiasm.
William completed the High Ropes Adventure Course, he tackled rope bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and balance beams. He nearly gave up at the last hurdle, but thanks to the encouragement of others taking part, he did it.
One thing I would like to take them to task over is that they charge £1 for the certificate, which I think should be complimentary.
It is advised that anybody who wants to take part must be over 1.1m, and children under 1.4m need adults to participate with them.
The next time you are stuck for something to do with your children, head down to Bedale Aerial Extreme at Bedale, you certainly won't regret it.