The sun was shining as I headed out for a day in the Forest of Dean with Chloe, my little brother Sam and Chloe’s friend Charlie. We packed up our picnic, filled up our water bottles and grabbed the Vimto Squeezy and drove the 30 minutes to the Forest of Dean. Now we are lucky to have such a beautiful Forest on our doorstep but don’t get out there enough, I have already decided that we need to get there more frequently over the summer holidays.
The four of us were full of smiles before we saw the activities we were expected to climb, Zip wire and throw ourselves at!
We took to the sky and I wondered if I would master this, the head was willing but the heart was pounding especially when I saw the ladder I needed to shimmer up. Now my physique is not really made for shimming, unlike my companions who are agile and fit!
As we took on the challenges my confidence improved and I handled the carbines like a pro! Each area is in zones with my favourite, the zip wire at the end. Five zip wires in total. After each stage you can grab some water, but seeing as I prefer squash it was a good opportunity to use the Vimto Squeezy. The handy little bottle can be used approx 20 times and was ideal in my pocket. I wish I had been brave enough to keep my phone in pocket and take some pictures when up in the trees, but I didn’t quite have the confidence so the only photos are taken before and after!
Now vimto squeezy is one of those products that has grown on me, not the taste as I have always enjoyed it but I wasn’t sure whether it was a product I actually needed. I questioned whether people would carry this about and water, why not just pack cartons of drink? However I have now been converted partly due to my Yr 10 Sociology class. I happened to see one of my students passing another the drinks capsule. In school the students can fill their water bottle from several water fountains and many don’t like just drinking water and now they add a dash of the Vimto Squeezy and as a result they are drinking more, which keeps them hydrated and we all know that hydrated students can work better. I am like a broken record at school if a students comments they have a headache, my first question is always how much have you drank today. And normally it is not enough. I am also planning on taking some on holiday to Florida as we will be able to fill up our drinks bottles with water there. My children are not allowed to drink any fizzy drinks unless it is with the evening meal and Erin obviously doesn’t have fizz full stop. This is a great alternative to water. Basically if there are place where you fill up your sports bottle with water – then Vimto squeezy is a good accompaniment.
Anyway back to the tree’s – it was all going so well for us and I thought I had it nailed until the last main challenge, the tarzan swing. Basically you throw yourself of a very high ledge and crash into a rope net. You then climb the net up onto the final ledge. I threw myself with my eyes closed and thought phew I have done it. However as I crashed into the net I ended up in a right muddle and needed rescuing by my little brother as I was about to free fall from the cargo net! I freaked out totally, obviously I was fully attached to the safety harness but I still freaked!!
I restored my pride on the final 183 foot zip wire which I loved. The Go Ape staff are brilliant and I had total confience in the course. They were always on hand, really cheery and encouraging. Definitely an activity I would do again. I would like to thank Vimto Squeezy for arranging a fab day out for us. Vimto Squeezy is available in all the supermarkets and costs £2.49 for the water enhancer and it will make approx 25 servings and comes in three flavours original, cherry and strawberry. You can find out more about Vimto Squeezy on the Facebook Page.
Disclosure: We were gifted the Go Ape experience courtesy of Vimto Squeezy.