Before the boys came along Jacob and I made time for fun. Always. We’d live by the old “work hard play hard” phrase. Jacob found his adrenaline fixes in parascending and high-speed rollercoasters, whilst I was more likely to be found galloping along the beaches of Turkey on holiday or abseiling down cliffs.
Becoming parents curbed us somewhat. I’m not sure if it was that the responsibility made us favour tamer pursuits, or if it was the lack of time. Either way, we promised ourselves that once the youngest was at school we would rediscover the people not that we were (neither of us are interested in going backwards) but rather who we are now when we shake off the cape of being a parent for an hour or two.
If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen that we did that in style last week as we were invited along to Adventure Sports to try out their quad bike trekking experience.
Adventure Sports have been nestled on the edge of Warwick, set amongst 100 acres of land, for almost 30 years – in fact they are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. This level of experience and enthusiasm shows in the brilliant team that they have there. Safety is an absolute priority, so too is fun. Just what Jacob and I were looking for!
Our experience started with a chat, fitting our helmets, finding gloves and completing half a disclaimer form. You complete the second half after you have completed the first round of training on the bikes and feel comfortable to proceed. Apparently I looked rather panicked during this first training session (I put it down to concentrating hard) but the instructor did make sure that I was happy. We were in a small group of four (and the group that came back before us were a group of five) so we weren’t lost amongst hordes of people and it was easy to quickly ask questions or call for help if we got stuck.
There are two training tracks. The first is for you to get used to driving the bike. Simple gear changes, steering, using the brakes and finding a good level of throttle to move forwards without propelling yourself into the mud! The second is more tricky, with bumps and dips and small branches to manoeuvre around or over. It gets you fully warmed up though for the main session which is in the woodland on site.
For me the bike did take a bit of getting used to, and with a chronic illness I knew that I would need to take care and proceed with a degree of caution. That said though, it was pretty straight forward once you had been on it for the training sessions, and more importantly it was great fun. Disabled participants are all welcome to give quad biking a go. If you can ride the bike, you can take part!
They use the Honda Fourtrax 250 ES bikes which they describe as being “capable” and “comfortable”, giving you a super riding experience.
By the end of our trek we were tired and achy but full of smiles and happy to have had a break from our working day with a difference!
The experience lasted for one hour and was a perfect way to blow away the cobwebs. I would recommend this to anyone, the knowledgeable instructors can pace the activity to suit your needs and skill level, and can vary to a degree between participants so that everyone gets the most out of the experience. For example, on the way back we were given an option between short tracks. I stuck to the more straightforward one, but one member of the group gave their bike some welly and splashed through a large and slippery muddy puddle! The short clip below might give you a better idea of the terrain of the woodland trekking area too:
The fun doesn’t start and end with quad bike trekking at Adventure Sports. Other activities include Karting (on a fantastic new track that opened last year), Clay Pigeon Shooting, Axe Throwing, Archery, 4×4 driving, Paintball and much more – for full details visit their website here. They cater for all groups from corporate events to couples or friends looking to celebrate a special occasion or just have some fun. Most activities are aimed at participants who are at least 14 years old, so whilst it isn’t suitable for our boys just yet, it would be a brilliant way to spend time with older members of the family too.
Want to try it out for yourself? Cup of Toast readers can get an exclusive discount on all activity bookings made over the telephone – details below!
N.B. We were gifted this experience in exchange for my honest review. As always, all thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.