Today we thought we would head off to a local National Trust property – Belton House. The kids have been stuck doing really boring things over the last few weeks and we decided it was time to get out and explore. So where better than somewhere we could get out in the fresh air and explore. Belton House claimed to have one of the largest outdoor adventure playgrounds in England. Well, we couldn’t pass up that up could we! We could explore, run and see what new things we could learn. Well, we did learn one very important thing on our day trip: no matter how exciting the playground looks, it’s not designed for adults!
It all started so well! The adventure playground is HUGE. Climbing frames, slides, musical instruments, spider webs, teepee’s. And that was just to start with. The further in the more we discovered. Two zip wires, a miniature train ride and see saws added to the fun. All made of wood, it just looked like so much fun! After being quite reserved at the beginning and letting the kids rush in, Mr N and I quickly decided that we wanted to be part of the fun, so we got stuck in!
Now, Mr N is definitely more adventurous and up for things than I am, so he threw himself into the playground. Up into the tower, onto the see saw with the kids and clambering through the spider’s webs, while I stood with the camera. But I’m not one to shy away from the fun, so I figured I could join in on the wobbly bridge. After all…how difficult could a wobbly wooden bridge be?
Within 2 minutes of me stepping onto the bridge, all of 2 foot in the air, the bridge wobbled, I lost my balance and came crashing down. My knee bashed into the ground, my left arm shot out to save me and took most of my weight and I just managed to hold my head away from the bridge. Oh my goodness, it was incredibly painful. At nearly 40, I am definitely not used to falling – at all! I did do the game thing though, and jumped back up, rubbed my knee and declared to the world that I was fine!
Several hours late, I am definitely feeling the pain. My knee won’t bend properly, my arm feels like it’s been yanked out of it’s socket, and all I really want to do is to crawl into bed and feel sorry for myself.
So, what did we learn today? Little Sir learnt how to dismount from a climbing wall, Little Miss learnt how to hang on to a zip wire when it bumps at the end, Mr N learnt how to use his Go Pro and me? Well, I’ve learnt that outdoor adventure playgrounds are not designed for adults!
I’ve love to know if you’ve ever had a moment like this – hopefully I’m not alone!
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