We have had such a fun filled summer so far with days spent out and about exploring new places, movie nights at home and Pajama days slobbed on the sofa playing computer games and I’m actually starting to look forward to the boys going back to school just for a rest. This week we had out first family visit to the Crocky Trail near Chester with the boys. My husband and I went 10 years ago when we first moved to Chester but despite it being on our door step we hadn’t actually been back with the boys and we have no idea why.
The Crocky trail is an outdoor adventure play area that is divided into three main sections, four if you count the new wonderland area for under 5’s.
There is the a main attraction area as you walk in which is full of slides, drop slides, small slides, high slides, very, very, very high slides and slides that throw you off into foam pits, these were the tiddlers highlight of the day. It was hear that I thought I was going to have heart failure as our 5 year old climbed to the top of the highest slide and just dropped without any fear at all whilst I stood at the bottom wanting to be sick. The slides are perfectly safe I hasten to add but my goodness do they turn your stomach.
Here you will also find an array of football related activities and a couple of balance games too. The big’un loved the football goal area the best and stayed in there for ages challenging other children as well as members of staff. The idea is to stand in front of a goal which also has another goal area either side and as people try and shoot you have to dive from the goal into the padded nets and save the ball.
From here you can walk into a second area that is similar to the first but instead of slides there are more ride type attractions. Things that make you spin, ninja warrior type activities, a hunted house and the titanic.
Both boys favoured the titanic in this area which is a ride that gets higher and higher, steeper and steeper and then starts to shake. The aim is to stay seated as long as possible although for the spectators its much more fun when people start to drop.
The haunted house is pitch black and contains moving objects and although both boys were brave enough to try it neither of them would go on again and I think that it was maybe a little to scary for them, especially the 5 year old.
After we had completed both these areas several times we took to the third area which is the actual trail itself. This is a circular path that has a number of obstacles dotted about. Some are easier than other, such as thin bridges and stepping stones, some are more fun such as the swings and the water blaster and others are more difficult such as the chain crossing but all are great fun. The trail can be accessed by all and even the parents were joining in with most of the families including our. You can walk the trail without doing the obstacles so don’t avoid it simply miss out the bits you cant do and have a go on the ones you want to.
Here are my top tips for making the most out of your visit
Top Tips for the Crocky trail near Chester
Only take placid dogs that are used to noise.
You can take dogs as long as they remain on a lead at all times. I think this is great however I would point out that the park is noisy with people and the mechanics of the rides and we saw one dog getting very distressed, shaking and barking at everyone and everything so please consider this before you take yours. We chose to leave Buddy at home and I am grateful that we did.
Take a picnic
The Crocky Trail encourage you to take your own food and they have a number of pic nic areas dotted about that you can use, including one under cover should the weather turn. You can leave the park easily to retrieve lunch from the car and go back in the park to eat it too which saves you dragging it round with you all day. If you don’t want to take a picnic that is also fine as they do have two cafes and an ice cream stall.
Upgrade the small kids tickets.
If you have a young child they can get in cheaper and be given a red wristband however if you have an adventurous little one I would recommend asking for the upgrade and paying the extra for a yellow band as there is a lot that only yellow bands can use.
Allow at least 3 hours.
You will need at least three hours to fully enjoy the park although to be honest you could easily stay all day.
(We were gifted the tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.)