Branching Out Adventures
Branching Out Adventures is a tree top activity centre set in the beautiful woodland surrounding Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Halland near Lewes, Sussex. They offer a range of high adrenaline activities in a safe and professional environment. We were invited to try a few of their activities last weekend and absolutely loved every minute. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff, made to feel like the day could be tailored to suit us and felt reassured that staff were knowledgeable and thorough in their safety techniques. Activities are generally suitable for children aged 6 and up…although there is also a cafe and play area on site so even our toddler was happy to totter about. If you visit on a dry day it’s a great place to sit and watch the action in the trees as you enjoy a coffee in the sunshine…and for those who want a bit more excitement…well there’s plenty in store!
Our party consisted of myself, Leon (age 10) and Daisy (age 7)…. Daddy and Logan were also on site but didn’t take part in any of the tree top activities. This was Daisy’s second visit to Branching Out and on both occasions she has just come short of being tall enough to take part in the High Ropes course. For this reason all three of us took part in the Low Ropes course and the Giant Swing…Daisy and Leon also tackled the Climbing Wall.
Before taking part in any of the activities staff will assist you with your equipment and talk through safety procedures. Branching Out uses a click it safety system which allows visitors to be continuously connected to a lifeline cable from start to finish of the course. This means there is no possibility of climbers becoming unlocked and able to fall at any point. Once kitted up a member of staff took us over to the safety briefing area where we were all talked through the process of clicking on and off the life line. This does take some getting used to and we felt staff were particularly patient in helping our party feel confident in this skill before moving onto the Low Ropes course.
Age 6 upwards and a minimum of 1.2 m
Children under 12 are required to be accompanied by an adult
The course takes between 45-60 minutes to complete
£12 Child £14 Adult
The first thing you need to understand about the Low Ropes course is that it’s actually quite high! The rope trail elevates up to 4 metres in some parts of the course..which especially when you’re 6 or 7 years old is pretty high! The course is a great introduction to the High Ropes course or a challenge in itself for younger climbers or climbing novices. You ascend the course from ground level up a through a large netted area. The course is made up from a number of suspended wooded walkways which each present their own challenges…wobbling zig zag walkways, swinging platforms, rope walks will all have you holding on and asking yourself how do I do this then? There are also 2 small zip wires within the course as well as a long zip wire at the end. Both Daisy and Leon were able to navigate this course without too much assistance…Daisy needed some support clipping on and off the click it system to begin with but soon picked up the knack. As for me… I actually found this course reasonably challenging. It IS quite high and the strides you need to take to reach some of the platforms had me giving myself a little a few words of encouragement (right Zoe, on the count of 3) but it wouldn’t be rewarding if it wasn’t a little bit out of our comfort zone would it!!?
Age 8 years and a minimum of 1.3 m
Adult supervision but not participation required
Total time about 15 minutes
£5 Child £6 Adult
The Giant Swing is SO MUCH FUN!! I was able to go on the swing with both Daisy and Leon on either side of me as a special Mother’s Day treat. Indeed there’s nothing that says I love you Mum quite like being utterly terrified on a giant swing in the middle of a forest! We were secured into place on the swing by our harnesses and winched up to a ridiculous height. Then the worst bit… it was my job to pull the release the pulley to bring us back down. Once at that height your tummy is in knots. I went with the theory of lets just get this over and done with and yanked the chord. The initial swing takes your breathe away…I don’t think we could even get out a scream to begin with. After that it’s utter relief and manic hysteria. My tummy was doing somersaults but it was such a giggle…a great activity to share with the kids.
Age 6 and a minimum
Adult supervision but not participation required
Activity takes about 30 minutes
£5 Child £6 Adult
Daisy and Leon tackled the climbing wall without me (it was my turn to watch the toddler!) Despite watching them from a distance I could see that their instructor was giving them clear instructions and supporting them when they needed help which I found really reassuring. Daisy was an absolute natural! She climbed both sides of the wall showing no fear. Leon did really well too…he froze at one point but was guided down to a point where he felt confident enough to abseil down. The ropes work on a great system which means even if the climber were to let go they are lowered down gradually rather than free falling. Once the children became used to this system you could see their confidence and trust in the equipment grow.
In addition to the activities we were able to try on our visit to Branching Out there’s also the High Ropes course, 110 m zip wire and cosy cafe on site. We were impressed with all aspects of our day. The staff friendly and fun but also professional and helpful. We were looked after in the cafe and felt comfortable using the facilities as and when we needed. The setting is idyllic in the beautiful Glyndebourne Woods. A genuinely great way to enjoy a physically challenging activity with the children that will leave the whole family with a buzz!
We received complimentary activities at Branching Out Adventures in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. We would like to say a massive thank you to Mark for organising our visit…and to all the staff who looked after us so well on the day.
April 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm
This looks like a lot of fun for older children. #countrykids
April 10, 2017 at 6:09 pm
What a great day out. We’ve got something similar about an hour away and my children received vouchers for Christmas so we’re going to go soon. My dating 6 year old will be in his element! #countrykids
April 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm
What a fantastic place. This brings back memories for me. #CountryKids
April 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
Oh what fun and a beautiful day you chose. How frustrating for Daisy to be just too short for the high ropes, though it looks like you had a good time on the lower ones. I had no idea there was one of these near Lewes. My Mother in Law lives there and we visit a couple of times a year, my kids would love this. We have done it a couple of times on holiday in France and it is such a thrill being up high. Some of the climbing sections can be really challenging there. Is the high rope course longer? I’m definitely looking into this.
Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
April 13, 2017 at 10:35 am
Oh my goodness this looks and sounds immense. We are not far from these guys so will be making a note if it for when Monkeys old enough next year. As this is totally up his street. I like the fact that the age is quite young compared to others we’ve looked at! Great write up x #CountryKids
April 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm
This looks so much fun, i would love to do something like this. Although my first experience of indoor wall climbing wasn’t very successful. I actually i brought a voucher for us to go to something similar a few years back but then i found out i was pregnant so Adam went with a friends instead.
Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)
April 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm
Wow that is really an amazing adventure. I always wanted to try wall climbing but I am scared. That wall looks so newbie friendly! I wish I can go here to try all these! #countrykids