Zip World

If it scares you it might be a good thing to try!!!!

Every since a visit to Adrenalin Quarry and Eden Project in Cornwall, Hubby and Kian have gone Zip Line crazy, so when we saw Zip World on the news we knew we just had to visit.

Zip World is situated in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, which is a good 6 hour drive away from us, so we knew we would have to stay overnight. Over the summer we were offered a review of The Broadway Hotel in Llandudno and our prayers were answered – we were off to North Wales.

We set off from Bournemouth early Saturday morning and arrived in North Wales at lunchtime. The boys were booked in to do the Tree Top Adventure on Saturday afternoon, with Zip World being saved for Sunday.

There are four different adventures to be had at Zipworld – three in one location; Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below and the longest and fastest Zip line at another, Velocity.

One day is not enough to do all four zips, so we booked onto Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below.

Zip World Titan

Zip World Titan is a four person zip line which offers spectacular views over moor, mountain and mine and encompasses three separate zip lines – Anarchy, Bedlam and Chaos! Each rider travels over 2,000m and the total length of the zip lines is over 8,000m!

Hubby and Kian got kitted out in a red flight suit (I did comment they looked a bit like Dr Who when he went in the mine, safety harnesses and helmets before being taken by vehicle to the start of the first zip line, Anarchy – the longest of the three.

Zip World Titan

There were 9 people in their group, so the first four went first, followed by a group of three and then hubby and Kian.

The first zip is the longest, but the slowest of the three so it eases you in gently with breathtaking scenery all around you.  Once you have gone down the zip, there is then a short and scenic walk between the end and start of zip line 2.

Zip World Titan

Whilst riding Bedlam and Chaos hubby had to wear a small parachute on his back to slow him down as they came into land as the zips are a lot faster than the previous one. The last zip line, Chaos, takes riders back to Llechwedd Slate Cavern where they started. This involves flying high over the buildings as you come in to land.

Zip World Titan

Riding the zip lines was an exhilarating experience for both Hubby and Kian and you can see how they got on in my short video below.

Zip World Caverns

Zip World Caverns is the world’s largest fully underground zip line and adventure course is the perfect balance between exhilaration and fear, with adrenalin really kicking in as you tackle zip lines, rope bridges, obstacles and tunnels in almost complete darkness.

Zip World Caverns

You stay in your red suit and helmet but are also given protective gloves for this adventure. It is also important to ensure you have warm clothing as the caverns are a chilly 10 °C all year round and it is quite a walk down to where you start.

Sadly our Go Pro footage was inside is too dark, but we did film the walk down so you get an idea of what is inside.

Bounce Below

Bounce Below is directly below Zip World Titan and is a thrilling experience hidden underground in a 176-year old disused slate cavern with giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting.

You are not wearing a protective suit for this and my only tip is don’t wear jeans with buttons on the pockets as these got ripped off. You also wear bizarre netting cover over your shoes to protect both your shoes and the netting in the cavern itself.

Bounce Below

The trampoline like nets of Bounce Below are hung within two vast chambers at different levels, so you can bounce, climb and slide just like a giant playground for adults. You are completely enclosed in the nets so there is no fear of falling and they have split the young children (age 3 to 6) from teens and adults for safety. Expect an hour of giggling as you release your inner child!

The boys had so much fun that we intend to go back next year with all of us, but this time add in Zip World Velocity which is the longest zip line in Europe and reaches speeds well in excess of 100mph can be reached. I cannot fault Zip World or Bounce Below, their service was bright and cheery and safety is paramount but the emphasis was on having oodles of fun!!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Fun at Be Gung-Ho Windsor

A few weeks ago I got an email from Alex Winters (yes, him of CBeebies fame) about a new project he was working on Be Gung-Ho, asking if I would like to attend with the family. I watched the video and decided that it looked like the sort of fun we enjoy and marked the date in my diary without really looking into it further. What I had not read was that Gung-Ho! is actually a  5k run, but not as you know it. Alex and his team have designed a series of giant inflatable obstacles to tackle around the course …

Read more

iCOMBAT

iCOMBAT Bournemouth Review

My boys adored Laser Quest and for a few years they were the birthday party of choice. As they have got older they still enjoyed it but wanted something more and that more has just arrived! iCOMBAT! iCOMBAT is the future of live action gaming with the most realistic combat simulation in the world today and we were among the first to try it at Laser Quest in Bournemouth It was abundantly clear that hubby and Kian were planning on taking the game very seriously from the start and with scenarios which include: Team Deathmatch, Last Man Standing, Zombie, Medic, …

Read more

Alton Towers for Big Kids

I wanted to blog about Alton Towers as the perfect location for a family visit, but CBeebiesland was so spectacular that it deserved a blog post all to itself, so what is there to do for big kids? If you are a thrill seeker then it is safe to say loads!  In fact there was so much to do, we still hadn’t completed it all in the two days we were there!!! My one piece of advice would be to plan which rides are the ones you don’t want to miss before you get there and if you can afford …

Read more

Kidizoom Smart Watch Go Ape Challenge

Over half term we were invited to take part in the Kidizoom Smart Watch Challenge.  From taking photos, videos, telling the time to recording their voice, the device is perfect on the move and we got to put it through its paces whilst having a fun experience at Go Ape! The new Kidizoom Smart Watch is a new and amazing smart watch just for children! It is so easy to use even Eliza (3) can do it as it has an intuitive touch screen which features lots of different analogue and digital watch faces for the kids to choose from. The watch also …

Read more