Enjoying The Outdoors With The Edge Adventure Activities (Shropshire)
Back at Halloween my husband discovered The Edge outdoor adventure centre fairly local to us, offering a whole range of experiences for kids aged 6+ (and adults too). As it was half-term at the time Sam took the kids over to try their hand at various experiences and they have been absolutely begging to return since!
About The Edge
Located within the Wenlock Edge, just outside of Much Wenlock, Shropshire you will find The Edge Adventure Activities Centre. Upon arrival you will instantly admire the location of this place, if just for it’s scenic views but also its vastness of land and countryside walks. At the Adventure Centre you can choose and enjoy a range of activities.
The Edge isn’t just for children, they host and offer packages for a range of events such as, stag/hen celebrations, Birthday parties, corporate events, team building days or just a simple family fun day out.
The Edge Package
As it was half-term I signed the kids up to take part in their February Half Term deal for £27 each. As part of this deal the kids get to enjoy an hour each on three separate activities. Included in the deal was a Quad Biking ride then the kids then got to choose two of the following to try out next; Sniper Shooting, Zip Wire, Archery or Climbing Wall.
For those who know me, follow my Instagram account or even read a blog post or two previously you will probably know that we are family of archers. Lewis started the family hobby and then Hubby and I joined the party, unfortunately it left Leah out sadly due to her age (she needs to be 8 years old to join an archery club). But here at The Edge you can opt to try your hand at Archery from age 6 so Leah was delighted to be able to finally pick up a bow and shoot some arrows. Because of her young age she did require a bit of extra support but our coach was able to give her the help she needed and the kids had a fantastic time.
The Archery session started with doing some practising and learning how to actually shoot a bow before getting into doing some scored games.
Next up we found ourselves at the Quad Biking course, and after a full demonstration on how to operate the bikes and a safety check by the coach the kids were shown various Quad Biking tracks to follow. There are a number of tracks for kids to follow across 2 fields, easily keeping your children entertained for the duration of their time on this experience.
Leah during this event did suffer with a sore thumb as the Quads are operated by pressing down a throttle lever in order to move. This slowed her proceedings down a little, but for Lewis this did not! He had an absolute blast making sure he enjoyed every last inch of track which was available to him.
There are 2 sizes of Quads also available for children to use, initially Leah opted for the smaller of the bikes as it had less power and to help her build confidence in being able to ride. Eventually she found her confidence and the coach allowed her to swap to the larger of the Quad bikes of which she handled just as wonderfully.
Needless to say the hour on the Quad Biking experience absolutely flew by and soon it was time for their third and final activity.
Now for this finally activity the kids opted for different experiences, which is absolutely fine for the guys at The Edge, they cater for each individuals requirements and wishes (giant thumbs up from us!). Lewis opted for Sniper Shooting. Do you see the shooting theme here? Lewis loves anything that shoots, he’s a right country boy and only ever shoots in a controlled environment.
After being given a full safety demonstration Lewis was able to enjoy his time on a shooting range. First up he got to shoot some paper targets from a sitting down position to then moving onto shooting in either a standing or kneeling position. After that came a timed event, shooting metal targets and a battle against himself, shooting targets and beating his previous time. During Lewis’s practise session he managed to shoot all 5 targets in 26 seconds but by then end of his 5th timed attempt he’d managed to beat his time and was down to 13 seconds!
Meanwhile, Leah had ventured to try her head for heights over at the Climbing Wall. Believe me when I say this, but I absolutely have no idea where her love for heights comes from, neither myself nor her Dad would ever attempt to climb to the top of this wall but Leah made it look so easy!
With the help of her coach, and a rope to pull her back down (because Leah weighs very little) she soon had this wall conquered. She took it in turns trying to complete all 4 faces of the wall and was not easily phased by her challenge.
All in all the kids (and myself even though I did nothing) had a fantastic afternoon! They enjoyed every activity they took part in, felt more than welcome by the staff and coaches at The Edge and felt confident with their activities. All the staff are absolutely fantastic here, they speak clearly and confidently to children, helping them understand their tasks and be safe in everything they do. They are fun for kids to be with and its very clear that they enjoy the job they do, making the experience and events more fun for Children.
We really do recommend The Edge, so much so the kids were devastated to leave and are already planning on returning again at the Easter Holidays (that really does say a lot!)
Disclosure: We purchased our own activities at The Edge through their February Half Term activities package and was not asked to write about our visit. The kids just enjoyed it that much I wanted to share.