Belton House adventure playground

Not Designed For Adults – When Will I Learn?

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 to Belton House adventure playground: no matter how exciting the playground looks, it’s not designed for adults!
It all started so well! The Belton House 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?Belton House adventure playground

The answer??


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 the Belton House adventure playground is 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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  1. I’ve definitely been there before! I’d lie and say you’ll feel better in a day or two but realistically it took me about two weeks to feel better. What is it about getting older that makes us unable to fall?! Meanwhile the kids made out of rubber don’t feel it. #EatSleepBlogRT

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      I had really really hoped that I would feel so much better today but I really don’t! My poor back! Oh well, it serves me right 🙂 x

  2. Oh dear! It can be easy to get overly enthusiastic on these playgrounds and forget that we’re old now, so when our bodies go down, they go down HARD. #EatSleepBlogRT

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      I know! In my head I’m still 10 – but am definitely feeling closer to 40 today! Ouch!! #eatsleepblogrt

  3. Sounds like a great playground but definitely not for adults. I hope you are feeling better now. I fell in our kitchen last week and my arms ached for 24 hours! #MarvMondays

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      Oh that must have hurt so much! I just have to remember that I’m closer to 40 than I had realised and really take so much longer to recover from a fall than expected! Thanks for reading x

  4. I’ve certainly been there before. Every once in a while my daughter calls me out for “being afraid”. I’m not afraid honey, just old! #marvmondays

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      That’s such a good answer – I’m going to use that when my kids ask me to do something that I really shouldn’t!!

  5. Fantastic!!! Sounds like a brilliant day out!! Sorry you’re in a bit of pain, but it does sound well worth! Sounds like a hot bubble bath is required! #fortheloveofBLOG

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      It really was a fantastic day out – I’ll just make sure that I’m a bit more careful next time we go anywhere like this again! x

  6. Oh no the National Trust play areas are full of wobbly things, as they are so natural and handmade. Sometimes I wish that they just had normal swings. I hope that your knee is feeling better now. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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      I absolutely wish they had some more normal things – I’m pretty sure I could manage swings, but wobbly bridges, huge climbing towers and the like? Definitely not for me!!! x

  7. Oh dear! Sounds like a painful lesson was learnt! I learnt a similar one sliding down a firemans pole – resulting in some quite uncomfortable friction burns in my nether regions… don’t worry we have all been there!! #eatsleepblogrt

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      Oooh, that does sound painful! I’m so glad it’s not just me – I ended up jumping up and pretending all was well as I was surrounded by loads of other adults – wasn’t till we got back to the safety of the car that I managed to have a good sob!! x

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