Hours to go before one of the best adventure centres in the North of England – Active Adventures, Liverpool – opens to the public and what a flood it will cause, especially if the fantastic weather continues. High ropes, zip wires and a military style obstacle course to help keep the dads trim and fit!
I spent some time talking to Keith Perryman the ex marine who was the brains behind this extravagant, complex centre. He told me how he turned 3 acres of grass and an old ice-cream kiosk into an impressive timbered cafe with beautiful landscaping overlooking the River Mersey and a massive raised rope walkway and wooden fort for all ages.
I found myself thrilled with the abseiling tower, taunted by the high wires and put my name down for the zip wire thrill of a lifetime. After an energetic few minutes on the combat course, rest and team building session, I was up for membership but not before tasting the delicious cakes in the Otters cafe and a tempting cup of cafe latte.
To conclude, I enjoyed the centre with my daughter immensely and can easily see the attraction bringing in hundreds of people to experience some action. That all said however, with all the action centering around the Otterspool area, I wonder if it can cope with the increase in traffic. Active Adventures and the old Garden Festival site being revamped both may cause some parking problems or congestion if on a sunny day the nearby refuse centre backs-up or the Mersey Road gate is closed then some serious bottlenecking may occur unless there is some control over the chaos.
More info on Active Adventures can be found at: http://www.activeadventuresliverpool.com