This bank holiday weekend we were given a groupon voucher for Conkers, Swadlincote, by some friends who were unable to make use of it. It’s about an hour away from where we live and yet was somewhere we hadn’t been before, so we were pretty excited to have a family day out there.
Conkers is situated in the National Forest and has a wealth of fun indoor and outdoor activities for all the family. There is an initial entry fee and then some lf the activities are payable on top of that. But its quite reasonably priced over all, although I am glad we had the groupon voucher!
So here are the top things we did at Conkers!
The barefoot walk
Rachel and I braved the barefoot walk. Jack was tempted but in the end, he decided to give it a miss!
This is a great, fun little (free) activity where your little ones (and you) can feel the sensation of all the different floor coverings. There is water, sand, bark, stone, and rocks amongst others. (Just a warning though the water is freezing!!)
The activity trail is aimed at grown ups and teenagers although trying to tell my 8 and 5 yr old this was like talking to a brick wall. We let them try some of the easier sections and I made it through all of them. There are loads of different obstacles, including a rope bridge, a few rope climbing frames, a wooden fence to climb over and loads more. This was great fun. And great exercise for me!
Another fun activity is to take a ride on the little Conkerchoo train. The train runs from the Discovery centre to the Wetland centre and back again. Its only a 10 minute walk back if you don’t fancy the wait for the train.
There is a small outdoor playground in the Discovery area with climbing frames, slides and sandpit. In the Wetland end there is a large outdoor playground with loads of things to do for kids of all ages – swings, slides, zipline, climbing frames. My two had loads of fun, racing around. Although there were some tears when Jack accidentally got kicked in the face climbing up to the slide.
£5 per climb
We really wanted to have a go on this but unfortunately it wasn’t operating while we were there. Suitable for anyone over 5 and 1 metre tall it is around 30ft high. I am sure Rachel would have made it most of the way up! She has no fear!
Hi £7 per round
Lo £5 per round
Conkers has both a hi ropes course – for over 8’s and 1.4m tall – with 15 sections, 30ft off the ground – and a lo-ropes course for over 5’s and 1 metre tall. Rachel wanted to do the hi ropes (she is literally mental!) but was too short. Daddy tried it but was terrified and ended up coming back and Jack decided he was too scared for the lo-ropes. So in the end Rachel whizzed round the lo-ropes twice, and I made it round once!
The enchanted forest playzone
There are many other things you can do, that we just didn’t have time for – forest walks, soft play (in the Wetland centre although this was closed for private bookings), a mineshaft, treetop walk, sky viewing tower.
There are plenty of little catering trailers around the two areas as well as indoor cafes. But if you prefer to save your pennies (these places can end up being quite expensive) then there are picnic benches located all over as well.
All in all it is a great day out! We loved it!