If you are looking for things to do in the Midlands this summer, then you must not miss out visiting Conkers! Conkers is a great family attraction at the heart of The National Forest, with indoor and outdoor play areas, interactive discovery zones, 4D cinema and an amphitheatre. Also not forgetting the Vertigo Adventures which was opened three years ago! Note that some activities will require booking at the Discovery Reception and extra fees may apply.
Conkers has such a vast area of woodland and lakes to explore. It has been a while since we last visited Conkers and we were so surprised by the number of outdoor activities. We decided to explore the Vertigo Adventures first since it is not very far from the Discovery Centre. If you are keen to try out the 12 aerial sections, you have to book the course via the Discovery Reception. This outdoor course is suitable for children aged 8 and above. Some of the activities require participants to be at least 1.4 metres. It is such a shame that both of my children aren’t quite tall enough at the moment.
Anyway, there are so many places to explore like the Activity Trail, Sensory Trail, Fairy Labyrinth and many more. The Activity Trail caters for older children and adults but you do get younger children who also love to try it out! Just like mine! Both of them having fun climbing the wall, battling through steps, climbing frames and wobbly bridge! They spent a good 50 minutes walking through the courses!
We then went back to the Discovery Centre to watch the 4D show but unfortunately, someone was taken ill and we all had to vacant the cinema for them to clean up. Anyway, there is always next time to experience all the five senses with special effects including wind and rain! During their Christmas Holidays, they will show a Christmas themed film, including snow effects.
Later, we walked around the Fairy Labyrinth, Sensory Trail, Barefoot Walk and explored the woodland. We had the best weather of late. It was quite cool and cloudy which made it so easy to walk around without breaking a sweat!
After lunch, we took the Conkachoo Train to the Waterside Centres to play at the Playdale Adventure Play Waterside. It was raining lightly but it didn’t stop the children from sliding down the slides, playing at the swings and zipping down the zip wire many times.
We then finished off by going back indoors for more playing and some learning at the discovery centre. We all had so much fun and sadly had to go home before they closed! It was a truly great adventure and already the kids can’t wait to tell their friends all about it. This year, they will be opening The Warren where you can explore 65 metres below the forest floor in a human-sized Rabbit Maze with tunnels and light and sound experiences! We can’t wait to check that out!
Disclosure: We were invited to visit Conkers in exchange for our honest review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.