Firstly, I want to say I’m absolutely knackered! I woke up aching, so it’s fair to say the Bear Grylls Adventure Birmingham definitely tested my physical ability. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Bear Grylls Adventure in Birmingham before the masses and boy oh boy it didn’t disappoint. The 20 million pounds invested into this facility was worth ever penny.
On arrival we received a warm welcome from a member of staff who escorted us to the ticket office. Staff were extremely welcoming. The process was organised and customers were processed through efficiently!
At reception point, customers are issued with a waiver form, a wrist band which contains details of your activities and times. And a clever little rubber band which stores all customer photos from each activity. The band also gives customers access to a locker to store personal belongings.
Basecamp comprises of 4 activities each estimated to last 22 minutes. Each task most definitely challenges your mental and physical ability. And I can confirm YOU will be completely knackered by the end.
Before completing the base camp activities customers are permitted to watch a short video, containing health and safety information and details of experience.
”Let me out” the famous words of ‘me’ as I progressed through the experience.
I don’t think I’ve screamed so much since being in labour. When the lights went out I went into panic mode. During this task customers loose their ability to see, which heightens all other senses.
To make it out the other end a series of tasks are presented including small and confined spaces, tunnels, water and the ability to work as a team. I have been asked not to give too much information away, to prevent ruining customer experience. However, what I can say is, if you like creepy crawlies and trying new “foods”.. You’re in for a treat.
To ‘Break Out’ team work is an absolute must! Not only that, if you’re brain isn’t in gear, you’ll end up trapped! Unfortunately it was only myself and my other half who completed the break out task. As I have the well known “baby brain” I was completely confused.
Escape rooms are equipped with several clues which teams are permitted to solve to break out. We failed miserably. After standing scratching our heads for 5 minutes and arguing over our inability to solve the problem, we progressed to a “forfeit room”. Which included dark holes, steep drops and a series of problem solving elements.
The break out experience challenges your ability to solve problems, piece together clues and actively listen. The more team members the better.
“Survival is about making calm, smart decisions under pressure. Get that bit right and the rest will fall into place!” (Bear Grylls)
This was one of my personal favourites although I failed miserably at it. The assault course is inspired by Royal Marines training camp in Lympstone. However some elements have been removed. Those who have physical ability will thoroughly enjoy this element. You might even want to challenge yourself at beating the 55 seconds it took the marines to progress through the assault course. OR you may just lie on the floor in defeat and hope no one sees (like me).
The base camp is a non stop intense package which ends with a Archery experience. Customers are shown a health and safety demonstration followed by a brief from trained members of staff. This experience was another personal favourite, and for that reason I wished it would have lasted longer.
Honestly we had so much fun. The member of staff was friendly and interactive. He was definitely an expert in his field as he was able to teach muggings over here how to aim with just one attempt. Now that’s talent. Thank you to the amazing member of staff for making our experience all the more pleasant.
Customers are given 8 attempts to get the perfect shot before ending the base camp experience.
Each challenge was allocated d the perfect amount of time given that they are high endurance. However I would have loved a little longer on the archery experience as it’s a brilliant end to base camp.
“Europe’s tallest high ropes” and little old me got all the way to the top. However that was not without out the help of the fantastically trained staff member who offered encouragement and support all the way to the top.
Bear Grylls high ropes comprise of 36 different challenges over 5 floors with the 5th floor being 20 metres high. Overcome your fear and walk across the slim lined rope at the top floor, however if you’re scared of heights look straight and don’t look down. You might want to challenge yourself on the rolling beam which tests balance and ability to focus under pressure. I did dip my toe in and attempt to walk across the rolling beams, however I wasn’t quite brave enough on this occasion.
The highropes also features zip lining from a Chinook helicopter, 8 metres hire.
Over all We had an absolutely amazing experience and it most definitely exceeded all of our expectations. This adventure is appropriate for families, groups, team building days for work and couples.
– The interior design is phenomenal
– Acivities are extremely affordable
– Staff are well trained within their field
– The Adventure brings the ocean and the mountains right to your doorstep
– There are a variety of activities to choose from
– There is a restaurant onsite
– Ideal for those who do not have experience in such activities
– Activities are well structured
– Health and safety is always at the forefront of their minds
– You can have your photos from each activity emailed straight to you.
– I would have found a note pad and pen in the breakout room really useful to write down clues.
– I would have loved a little longer on the Archery excersise as it was really enjoyable.
Thank you to Bear Grylls Adventure for allowing us the opportunity to visit and review this amazing facility.
*DISCLAIMER: I was gifted with the opportunity to attend the Bear Grylls adventure to experience Basecamp and the high ropes In exchange for an honest review. I can confirm that all of the opinions are my own and I will always remain honest to my readers.*
Check out my Bear Grylls invitation post here