Camping, the 'Cobra' and 'Edge'

This week, I’ve been trying to simply get back into routine. I only had one week off, but it’s taken me nearly as long to get used to normal life again!

We took our kids camping, which if you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know is something I don’t adjust to very well. I like 4 solid walls. I like being able to boil the kettle in less than 20 minutes. I like being able to go to the loo without stepping outside or walking 500 yards. I also like not having to wear 5 layers and a woolly hat in bed ‘cause it’s soooo cold at night. You get the idea.

Having said all that, we did have a great time. The weather (on the whole) was good and we pitched our tent on the edge of the New Forest so we could soak up all the South Coast had to offer. This included a day out to “Paultons Park”, the biggest theme park in the region.

Since my mid-20s, I’ve managed to avoid theme parks on the whole and as a result, chicken out of scary rollercoaster rides without anyone really noticing. But when you have a 5, 8 and 11 year old who would love nothing more than to spin around at 100mph and hang upside down from a great height, it’s not so easy to hide your fears. To be fair, for my 5 year old son, the big attraction was the less-scary & newly opened “Peppa Pig World” which I have to say is VERY impressive. Rides, restaurants and play-zones all based around the popular kids tv show. From riding on the back of George’s Dinosaur Adventure to getting the best views from The Windy Castle, it’s a magical atmosphere which is no doubt a treat for any child, particularly those who love Peppa & her family. It’s been beautifully designed and even includes a chance to meet Peppa & George too.

After a relatively peaceful start, I then had to somehow prove what a brave and courageous Dad I am by agreeing to take my other 2 children on rides such as “The Cobra”, “The Sky Swinger” and most worrying of all “The Edge”. Their website describes it like this: “Riders swoop and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc travelling along a 90 metre track at 43mph! The first in the UK, EDGE features a 'camelback' hill to create an amazing floating sensation!”

Now if I’d read that before going, I’d never have stepped foot on “The Edge”, in fact I wouldn’t have even got close to … the edge. So why is it that even though these rides scare the living daylights out of me, and are clearly completely bonkers, once it’s all over you just want to go on it again. And again! Something I’ll never understand.

All I can say is, we had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. By the time we got back to our tent, it seemed to me that sleeping on a mattress that deflates, having a cold shower that’s more of an occasional drip and pouring luke-warm milk on my Corn Flakes wasn’t so scary after all.


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