Last year Isaac had his 9th birthday party at Avon Tyrrell and he and his friends had such a blast that for his birthday this year he wanted to do it all over again.
There are three different birthday packages to choose from and we decided on for the Go Adventure package, which gives them the opportunity to do three hour-long activities. Isaac and his joint party host Scott decided to pick some different activities to last year: zip wire, raft building and rock climbing / abseiling.
To ensure the kids get a good amount of time at each activity, they were divided into two teams, with each birthday boy leading one and playing a game of rock, paper, scissors to see who did their preferred activity first.
Isaac won and chose the zip wire, whilst Scott and his team headed off to do raft building.
Zip Wire at Avon Tyrrell
The kids are kitted out in all their safety gear, including harnesses and helmets, and given a safety briefing before heading off to the climbing platform, one at a time.
They have to climb up 30ft to the starting platform, set in the trees on the opposite side of a stunning lake.
They are then harnessed in by another instructor, before launching down the 60 metre zip line from up in the trees, down to water level.
Isaac loved the zip wire so much he managed to wangle two goes, doing the running man each time as he whizzed down.
All his friends succeeded in completing the zipwire, despite a couple of nervous wobbles and the look of pride on their faces was great to see.
Next up for Isaac’s team was the raft building, where the kids were provided with a number of barrels, planks and ropes to construct their vessel.
They were given a brief training session by the raft building expert and were then left to discuss and construct their masterpiece. The girls were off and running straight away, whereas the boys needed a few minutes to figure out what they needed to do.
Once they were happy with their raft, it was then time to carry to get kitted out in lifejackets and helmets and carry it down towards the water.
Isaac wasn’t convinced about going out on the water and boarded the raft gingerly, after some gently persuasion from us.
They managed to get all of them sat on the planks before letting them paddle off into the lake, to really put the raft to the test.
The instructor went out on a canoe alongside them and gave them challenges to try, such as trying to paddle to the pedalo’s and then around some of the buoys dotted around the lake. Let’s just say their sense of direction needs some work.
I would love to say they made it around the lake without incident, but one of the boys decided to see how deep the water was with their oar and lost his balance and fell in, much to his and everyone’s amusement.
The rest made it back to shore safely and after a quick change of clothes for some, it was onto the next activity.
Climbing Wall and Abseiling
For their final activity, the groups were back together for the 10 metre climbing wall.
With 3 sides to climb and 6 structured routes the climbing tower offer opportunities for development as the kids challenge themselves to a level that suits them.
The routes for beginners provide more holds and the more advanced routes include an overhang which Isaac bravely chose to tackle first.
Isaac is normally a whizz with climbing walls, but he struggled with the more difficult holds and the overhang, but his determination got him to the top so he could abseil down again.
All the kids got a turn at climbing the walls and looking after the ropes of the climbers. The final climb of the evening was between the two birthday boys, who took part in a race to the top.
Congratulations to winner Scott, but well done to both boys for making it to the top!
The final part of the afternoon was the chance to sit down for a picnic tea and have a slice of the all important birthday cake.
This year Isaac’s request was for his favourite character from Star Wars – a Porg cake. I think my friend Michelle from Sculpted Bakes did an amazing job.
Isaac, Scott and their friends had the most amazing time. I would definitely recommend Avon Tyrell as an alternative party venue, there are plenty of grounds for a picnic, a fab adventure course that the kids can use too and the instructors were fun, friendly and encouraging.
Avon Tyrell run lots of events throughout the year including ‘Have a go’ days, Fairy Trails and Camp Outs. Head over to their facebook page for more information.