CONKERS is an award-winning attraction at the heart of the National Forest and we were invited to spend a day there. It is fairly close to us, about a half hour drive and we have talked about going before but this was our first visit.
CONKERS offers both indoor and outdoor experiences across 120 acres of maturing woodlands, lakes, ponds and play areas; including an 18-stage assault course challenge, a maze, treetop activities and some indoor interactive exhibits in four seasonal zones.
We started our day with a spot of orienteering, map in hand we headed off around CONKERS to find the posts with our letters on to spell a word; Monkey and Mouse ran off in front and loved the adventure from the word go! It was a great way for us to see all of the different parts of CONKERS. We went up hills, saw lakes, climbed bridges, found our way through a maze and so much more.
We felt like we had experienced a day of fun and it wasn’t even lunchtime! Next we headed to try out our bush craft survival skills. I was so excited, it took me instantly back to my childhood of building dens and having fun outdoors and I knew the kids would love it.
We were given some ropes and a piece of tarpaulin and told to make a shelter. Daddy instantly became all manly and found us a spot to survive in, between the four of us we built a shelter to keep us dry from the impending storms (ok, it was beautifully sunny but we wanted to get into the role).
We then foraged for sticks and logs for the fire and got to work putting it together. Monkey and Mouse thought it was amazing, to get dirty, explore, build fire and have fun together.
We built a fire surround and got it lit! Very proud of ourselves, our reward was some marshmallows to roast on the flames – awesome!
I know what you are thinking that must have been all the adventure that we had time to fit in….nope there is still more. Next we headed over to the Barefoot walk; we took our socks and shoes off and headed through the path; well when i say path….you walk through water (cold water), sludge, clay, on wood, pebbles and coal! Now I will be honest, this isn’t usually my thing. I thought I would try it to support the kids and well I should really experience everything to be able to write about it.
Do you know what – I loved it, the only bit i struggled with was the water as it was cold (really cold)! Monkey and mouse powered straight through it and wanted to do it again!
We finished off the day with a ride on the train and a play in the park and a plan to re-visit again very soon. We are even looking at getting a yearly pass as there is so much to do and we want to do it all! There are some areas that are for teenagers or adults only but there is still plenty to do for the little ones.
We would definitely recommend a day out at CONKERS, it is full of fun and there is so much to do that whatever the weather you will be fine! We will be going back and taking friends too! Do you enjoy outdoor fun?