A new indoor adventure playground has recently opened in Tameside and it’s brilliant. The kids loved it and it’s a fabulous rainy day activity. The centre is based within a council run leisure centre, located about ten minutes from the Ikea junction off the M60.
Sky High consists of two main areas – one houses the Bouldering and Caving wall with the high ropes swinging precariously above, and the other has an amazing selection of multi-coloured Clip ‘n Climb climbing walls. I’d booked six children aged 8-11 years an hour session which included High Ropes, Caving and Bouldering. The Caving didn’t suit all our party! Lots of small tunnels to wriggle through and all quite dark – I’m not not sure it was something I’d have done! The High Ropes were brilliant – you get clipped in and then step onto a track system through wooden tunnels and over bridges and wooden stepping stones until you get back to the start. As long as you have a good head for heights and good balance, kids will be fine!
The multi-coloured climbing walls looked amazing, with loads of different styles and structures, with no experience necessary you just literally clip the rope onto your harness and start climbing. It’s a clever weight system so that if you’ve gone high enough you can just let go and you would drop slowly back to the ground. There is absolutely no pressure on the kids to go higher and they could go back to walls they liked time and time again.
Also in this area are two extra bits of kit which you pay an extra £2 for. One is a Vertical Drop Slide and the other the Leap of Faith. We ended up trying both. For the Vertical Drop Slide you get into a boiler suit and helmet then have to hold on to a bar which then literally pulls you up the vertical slide. The idea is to hold on until you reach the top (or number 10 on the scale) I don’t think any of the boys made it past number 5 –so much for upper body strength! They fared better on the Leap of Faith. Again kitted up with a harness and helmet you climbed up about 20 feet and had to choose one of two jumps, either out onto a metal swing or a hanging punch bag type thing. You then just leapt out into the air and grabbed on! Again as it’s all weighted you gently floated back down if you missed. A terrific adrenaline rush!
We went in the half term and it was incredibly busy; we had booked online in advance but I’d still recommend you get there in good time as there was quite a queue, which didn’t diminish all day. Inevitably, the noise levels are high and it’s fairly chaotic as you enter straight into the cafe area. There is a large soft play area (free with your ticket price) which was fine to run a bit of energy off before our time slot, but it was crowded and not managed, so perhaps not so great if you’ve got very little ones with you. Don’t be put off by any of this though, fore warned is fore armed – it’s great fun and the cafe is good value for money.
Hold on to your harness, this is the best thing you’ll do all year!
Mon-Fri 3-8pm, Soft Play 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
£8 for an hour.
Sky High Adventures, Gardendold Way, Droylsden, Manchester M43 7XU
Tel: 0161 413 8299 http://www.skyhighadventure.com/