Travelling and trying new things are just two of the ways that we like to spend our family time. Chloe and I are adrenalin junkies who love to push and challenge ourselves and water sports is something we both love doing. Looking at my 16 year old daughter is like holding up a mirror to how I was at her age and participating in activities with her is so much fun, we just giggle and laugh the whole time. Saturday saw the four of us crossing the border into Wales for an activity weekend. We had decided to leave Erin (6) at home (not alone, she was off having fun with her grandparents) to enjoy some age related fun with the older two!
Visit Wales had invited us to join in with their ‘Year Of Adventure’ and they encouraged us to ‘Find Your Epic’. After looking at the vast array of activities on offer in Wales we opted to go white water rafting at CIWW which is in Cardiff. Cardiff was really easy to get to and we had so much we wanted to squeeze into our time. Arriving at CIWW we decided to grab a coffee and watch some of the different activities on offer. there were people kayaking, a group doing a ropes course and others rafting. We couldn’t wait to get started.
As I said, Chloe and I are up for challenges but Lee and Dylan are more cautious. They too are very similar and Lee is a non swimmer, which made him a little apprehensive. However he has sailed many many time and does not have a fear of water. Dylan can swim but is not quite so gung ho as Chloe and takes his time to try new things. However he was keen to give rafting ago after learning (and loving) water sports on our Mark Warner holiday last summer.
To start we were kitted out in our wetsuits and life jackets and then we made our way down to the waters edge. The instructor we had in our raft was brilliant and he explained all the moves we would need really carefully. To take part in this white water rafting you must be 12 and Dyl was only 12 the previous week. Chloe and I jumped in the front and we all soon got the hang of rowing together and getting down when required. The course is great fun and certainly gets your pulse racing. The session lasted two hours including getting kitted up. Chloe wore our gopro which gave us some great footage of us. You can see it below.
After getting warmed up we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at Sleeperz which is a budget hotel near the train station and right in the center. The children loved that in the reception area there was water, fruit and cookies to help yourself too. The children declared them the best cookies ever, not sure whether they had worked up an appetite but they devoured them! We freshened up before going shopping! Again, without Erin we decided some retail therapy was the order of the day and we loved the shops! Chloe and I found a MAC make up shop and did girly stuff whilst the boys browsed the Apple Store. Dylan also bought new trainers. Chloe decided this might even be the University Town for her. She was really impressed and imagined herself loving uni life their and getting a part time job at the CIWW too.
For Dylan no visit to any city is complete without visiting their football ground so we popped along to the stadium too.
We then spent a good while deliberating where to eat as there were plenty of options. Eventually we settled on Frankie and Benny’s in the main shopping complex. We had a lovely meal and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of city center life.
We would recommend a trip to Wales if you are seeking some family fun. Next time Chloe and I want to go gorgewalking which we plan to do when the summer comes. The coastline is beautiful and we want to explore it together, maybe that can be her post GCSE treat.