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When you have a monkey* at home, what better way to spend a Saturday than send them up into the trees? So now that Lime is 6 and just over 1m tall, we thought it a great idea to head over to Guildford.
Of course, we started the day with the local parkrun in Stoke Park (read all about it – as usual – over on Blog7t) then headed over to Wild Wood Treetop Adventure (specifically ‚Wild Kids‘), in the same park. A quick introduction from their website:
The UK’s most exciting treetop adventure, ropes and zipwire course in Guildford, Surrey.
Experience the thrill of negotiating rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees like a modern-day Tarzan. All the time perfectly safe as you are continuously connected to the safety wire by our ‚Saferoller‚ system. No tedious unclipping and clipping back on, you will be free to enjoy the treetop obstacles safe and unhindered.
You can book three different adventures in the woods. Wild Wood Adventure is our main course designed for Adults and adventurous Children from 11 years old. Wild Kids is for youngsters aged 6 to 12 years and Wild Wood Challenge is for groups and team building and is suitable for ages Adults and Children from 10 years old.
You will find free parking, freshly brewed coffee, snacks, a very warm welcome from the Wild Wood Crew. . . and an experience you will not forget! We hope to see you soon!
I opted to stay on the ground and take photos, but will definitely take park next time. It looked like a lot of fun, even though I’m sure I’d be trembling in my boots. The Husband certainly did, though it had been his idea to do this activity.
Getting strapped in and instructed
In any case, Lime was all for it and couldn’t wait to go up. We got thrown together with a group of 6 girls on a 9th birthday trip, who set off before us. Which was good, since they were much faster. Lime was in front of The Husband and, man, she was braver than I thought she’d be. Mostly that’s down to her being scared to do the oddest things, so I honestly expected her to get up there and go Noooo. But I was wrong and happy to admit it.
That 1st ‚obstacle‘
The Husband took a bit to get going, which I can relate to, as we both ’suffer‘ from vertigo and issues with heights, but he found his courage
in the tunnels in the end and off they went.
The course is a 2-parter and you get one hour to do it in. Part 1 has 8 elements and the last three were a zipline, then a line to cross and another zipline that leads back to the ground from where you continue on to part 2. For some reason, Lime could not cope with the that second to last one so one of the wonderful instructors offered to come up and help her across. The instructors were fab, actually. They playfully instructed everybody, hung around to check everyone was having fun and getting on and offered support for struggling adventurers.
In the end, we managed part 1 only as the guys ran out of time (we had signed in for 11pm to 12pm), but we already promised Lime we’d come back. The Husband already promised he’ll never do anything like this again. 😉
We shall see.
Before & After – Lime was NOT happy that she had to leave
Once back down on solid ground, we headed back to the car to drop jumpers and change out of running gear, as we had plans to walk into Guildford town for lunch. On route, I had seen a poster advertising the Street Food Picnic, which sounded yummy, so that was our destination. We walked through Stoke Park and down to the High Street, not entirely sure where to go, but soon found our way. The event took place in Allen House Gardens, on two levels: the vendors stood on a basketball court, and the Picnic Area was on the grassy upper level and included a DJ, Yoga corner and Kids corner. Also Cupcake tents and one of two bars.
Some of the options
As expected, the lower area provided tents offering curry, Thai food, BBQ food and other delicacies. I opted for ‚Option No 3‘ (Avocado, Omelette, Cheese & Salad in a wrap) and a large Pimm’s. Lime had a kid’s sized Artisan Neapolitan Sourdough pizza and chips. The Husband ended up with an overpriced but tasty Sweet Potato Carribean something pie. And fancy ‚crafty slaw‘.
Lunch and Pimm’s.. of course
We sat on hay bales and ate and people watched. I spotted an ex colleague from 8 years ago, but didn’t say hi. The food was ok, but for the price of it, we could’ve gone to a restaurant (For the three of us we paid just over £30). And here we thought Street Food was quick and cheap. And humble.
What is Street Food: It’s food (duh). It’s feel-good. It’s theatre. It’s insanely great flavours. It’s inexpensive. It’s community. It’s great Buzzfeed material. Excellent for Instagram likes too. (Source: Streetfood.org.uk)
People enjoy street food for a number of reasons: for a quick, inexpensive bite on the run, to sample flavorful local or exotic food in a social setting, to experience new ethnic cuisines, and to support entrepreneurs, small food businesses and local vendors. (Source: Streetfoodinstitute.org)
Anyway, after eating we went up to the picnic area where I bought Lime a mini cupcake and myself a delicious Salted Caramel Chocolate Biscuit sandwich. Then we sat down to relax while Lime ran off to play with a bunch of kids. It was nice. She ended up doing Yoga with ‚Mila – Café Yoga‚ and really enjoyed it.
Relaxing with Reggae and Yoga… and cake
Afterwards we headed home (but not without a quick tea break back in the car park), as it approached the evening and traffic seemed to be a nightmare, thanks to a collapsed bridge on the M20. We did get home alright, though.
Royalboos and Sunsets
*The Husband sometimes calls Lime ‚monkey’… sorry it’s not more exciting :p