Whilst Otterspool Adventure Centre has been a favourite choice amongst locals for an action packed day out for some time, its recent refurbishment has given it a new lease of life, and the results are worth checking out. Having newly been acquired by Steven and Cheryl Cosgrove of Velocity Leisure, the company wanted to offer an alternative to their already successful portfolio which focuses on indoor activities. Velocity Leisure centres in the North West currently offer soft play fun for tots, trampolining, climbing walls, and exercise classes for adults. The refurbishment of Otterspool Adventure Centre is a result of Velocity Leisure wanting to offer even more opportunities for its customers to get active, and the Adventure Centre now boasts an impressive array of activities for all ages.
The centre offers high ropes, abseiling, a climbing wall, a maze, and even a parafan. Although the lower level of the high ropes is mainly designed for children, it is still challenging enough for adults to start with (when they’re not quite ready to go on the big level yet, like myself.) As you meander your way around the course, you can tell each section of high ropes has been carefully designed to challenge your ability, and your bravery! A notable feature of the centre is the high attention to safety that is evident around – the two safety harness clips are top of the range, and impossible to detach simultaneously. The instructors are highly qualified and motivating, and do the course each morning themselves before the day begins.
The high ropes course is fantastic for children and adults alike, and a perfect start to the day before moving onto the more challenging activities such as abseiling off the 50ft tower! One of the most exciting things at the centre was the powerfan – a leap from the top of the 50ft tower, and a descent stimulating that of a parachute… (it took me 2 attempts before I could jump, just to make you feel better.)
If you’re with little ones, the centre has an exciting maze for children, and soft play and a bouncy village. The cafe on site was fantastic with a wide variety on offer; from burgers to wraps, and jacket potatoes to homemade soup – it was very high quality and absolutely delicious! It was also very affordable, which obviously attracted people out walking their dogs along the promenade to pop in for some cake and a cup of tea. We were told that in winter a homemade Scouse is on the menu – and it’s a must-try.
It’s a fantastic day out, whether with your family, partner or as a large group. All of the staff at Otterspool Adventure Centre were friendly, attentive and made it a fabulous day.
Check out their website below to see a video of the centre and see further details: