Just recently we were invited along to Walltown Country Park, part of Northumberland National Park for a family day. Its quite a long drive for us, but the idea of pizza making, zip lining (we were all too youg or too scaredy cat to actually try this) and bushcraft spurred us on and I braved the big scary (not really scary at all) roads.
The family day used a voucher system which you could pay for in advance to get a great deal or pay on the day, advance vouchers were 10 for £25 and on the day 10 for £40 or £5 each. Vouchers could be used for Zipline, Bird of Prey, Bird Box Making, Archery, Rock Climbing, and Pizza Making.
10 voucchers would be more than enough for a child to do a whole day of activities but with 4 children in tow we had to choose wisely, we decide on bush craft, pizza making (always for the food with my lot!) and rock climbing, you can see some of our adventure here..
Bush Craft was absolutely our favourite activity, and our whistle's even worked! We built dens, and a fire, we toasted marshmallows and had a very lovely hour with the rangers.
Pizza making was very good fun, and with delicious homemade stone baked pizza at the end too!
The rock climbing was great and the climbers were helpful and encouraging, I can't believe how eager Termite was during the whole day to just get into the thick of everything, actually I can she is totally the one who always has my heart in my mouth!
The quarry itself is an amazingly beautiful location, just one of many amazingly beautiful places in Northumberland National Park which covers a vast area of over 1000 square km from Vindolanda right up to the Borders with plenty on offer, check out these 25 Things to Do. The park is looked after by an army of Park Rangers who we found friendly and enthusiastic happy to chat about the things to see and do.
We came home duitable muddy tired and happy and will definitely return next year.
This family day was part of National Parks Week, an annual celebration of the UK's 'Breathing Spaces. We had a brilliant time and we shall definitely be exploring some more of the Northumberland National Park in the future
We were compensated for attending this event but all opinions are our own