We negotiated giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels, having bucketfuls of fun in the process; and what’s so good about Treetop Nets – which is brand new for 2014 and, reputedly, a UK first – is that it’s suitable for adults and children (aged three upwards).
The concept is simple but effective: over 1,500 square metres of netting safely suspended between trees up to nine metres off the ground. You don’t need harnesses or have to worry about falling off because you’re always surrounded by three-metre high walls of netting.
The added bonus is the setting. Situated within beautiful oak woodland at Brockhole Visitors Centre, on the banks of Lake Windermere, it’s a delightful spot. When your kids want a break, they can enjoy the play area next to the nets or you can wander around the extensive 30-acre gardens, have a picnic or try lunch at the café. But whatever you do, I guarantee you’ll be back on the nets for more fun.
As well as the minimum age restriction, a weight restriction applies, too: you mustn’t be more than 120 kgs. In terms of supervision, the staff are qualified instructors but, of course, children remain the responsibility of accompanying adults. For kids aged 3-6, one participating adult is required for every two children. For ages 7-11, one adult for every five children, although actual participation on the nets is optional. For those aged 12-15, an adult needs to sign an authorisation form and remain within the Brockhole site.
Treetop Nets is an all-weather attraction and entirely outdoors, so dress accordingly. Trainers are recommended and remember to cover up because ropes can be abrasive.
The attraction’s pamphlet states it’s the “perfect first introduction to a high ropes adventure” and that’s true. But it doesn’t have to be a stepping stone to bigger and braver things. Treetop Nets will be just as much fun whether it’s your first or hundredth time.
Prices include unlimited play for up to two hours. If it’s your first time, you’ll need to attend a short safety briefing initially. Pre-booking is recommended because numbers are limited for each session. Prices for 2014 ranged from £12.50 -£15.
Lake District LA23 1LJ
www.treetopnets.co.uk, 015394 47186
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