Here’s one way to test whether you’re a nervous parent or not: see how you feel watching your child swinging from rope to tyre to net, many metres above the ground, on a leg-wobbling high ropes course. That’s just one of the many activities you can enjoy at Let Loose! Adventure Park, an hour from York on the outskirts of Hull. We visited for the first time this spring and were impressed with what we found: a handful of exciting and energetic activities for a range of ages, supervised by friendly and professional staff. Here’s why we enjoyed our visit, and why our kids keep asking to return.
- All of our children had something to do – The eldest (10) braved the high ropes course and, despite admitting to feeling a bit nervous, rose to the challenge and loved it. It’s not for the faint-hearted (I was petrified just watching him) but the buzz he got from completing it was obvious. Our six-year-old was equally chuffed with herself for tackling the low ropes course, a more manageable indoor rope adventure with plenty of interest. The four-year-old was too young for the ropes but didn’t feel short-changed because she had a whole play area to herself, with ride-ons, rope swings, games and more.
- Much of it’s outside – It was overcast and chilly when we visited, but that didn’t matter as they’ve packed a lot of temptingly fun activities into a compact area so everyone was too busy to feel the cold. The kids loved clambering in the outdoor play area, trying to score goals, shooting some hoops and scaling the climbing wall.
- But the dome is packed with activity too – There’s barely a brick in sight at Let Loose: much of the activity takes place on the large wooden tower and inside the dome. There’s a play area for under 6s and an inflatable obstacle course for over 5s, both of which are free with entry to the park. Neither is huge, but both were big enough to keep our youngest ones happy.
- There’s a mixture of activities – Our kids gave our trip to Let Loose 9, 10 and 11 out of 10 respectively, and they’ve all asked to go back. Next time they’re keen to try the Big Leap, zip wires and archery, so there’s a reason to return. Aside from park entry (free with some activities), each activity is charged separately so you only pay for what you do. It does mean that costs can rack up if your kids want to do everything though!
- It’s active – Without a screen in sight, this is a place that’s all about activity and hanging out as a family. It was amazing to watch our kids attempting things that we didn’t know they’d be brave enough to do, and succeeding. They could teach their scaredy-cat parents a thing or two about feeling the fear and doing it anyway!
If you’re thinking of visiting Let Loose Yorkshire, here are our top tips –
- Book in advance to save money and to make sure you’ve got a place on your chosen activity.
- Many activities have age and height restrictions, so be sure that your children will be able to take part before you go!
- There’s a cafe serving hot and cold food, or you’re welcome to take a picnic to eat in the picnic area. We popped into the garden centre next door on our way home and ended up eating lunch there (there’s a short but sweet children’s menu)
Let Loose, Hull Rd, Woodmansey, Beverley HU17 0RS – letlooseyorkshire.co.uk