You may think that, as a seaside town, Bournemouth falls short when it rains. With so many fun, indoor and all-weather activities available around the local area, a little rain won’t stop us from having fun! A couple of weeks ago, Ed and I took the older two children along to Rock Reef, situated on Bournemouth Pier, to try out their climbing walls, pier cave and high-line activities.
I had only been to Rock Reef once previously and hadn’t actually taken part myself before, so it was all new to me when we were shown into a room for a quick safety briefing and helped into our safety harnesses, which must be worn at all times whilst climbing. There are different harnesses dependant on size/weight. I was worried I wouldn’t fix it properly and something would go wrong, but the staff are brilliant at checking everything is tight and fitted properly before you head out.
Before we got going, we were shown a wall and asked to try out climbing and pushing ourselves back off again, as it was important we were confident and comfortable doing this before going on to more challenging walls. I was pretty terrified when it came to letting go and trusting the harness and rope, but I managed to land on my feet and we made our way across to the walls.
I tried climbing a couple of the walls but the children and Ed were definitely more daring than me!
After we had gone on some of the walls, Ed tried out the high-line, despite being afraid of heights. It is an overhead obstacle course, which you manoeuvre whilst safely attached via your harness, so you are not in any danger of falling. Some people going round had chosen to be blindfolded, adding an extra challenge to the course. This is an optional activity, which requires an additional charge.
Whilst Ed was busy above us, the children headed to the pier cave, which is another optional activity you can choose to add on to your main ticket for a surcharge. They were both very nervous to begin with and the member of staff working on the activity was amazing, reassuring them it would be ok and even going in with them until they got used to it.
I have claustrophobia, so there was no way on earth I was going in, but I was determined not to let my own fears be transferred to the children so I was really grateful that the member of staff went above and beyond to help the children feel at ease. After a few goes, they were hooked and ended up on the most challenging route! They would have happily stayed in there for hours but it was time for us to head home for a well deserved Sunday roast.
Rock Reef is the perfect rainy day activity for children and adults. Situated right on the seafront, it is in a great location for locals and holidaymakers alike.
We were provided with complimentary entry to Rock Reef, the Pier Cave and High-Line for the purpose of this post, however all words and images are my own.