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Things to do in Lancashire

Amazing, fun things to do in Lancashire, days out in and around Lancashire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Lancashire.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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Things to do in Preston

Don't worry - there are always things to do in Preston with Treasure Trails!We were delighted that Rachel, one of our customers wrote a post about her day out. She told us that she is a wife and mum to two girls and has a blog where she loves to document life’s ups and downs and everything that goes with it.

Things to do in Preston - Preston Parks and Gardens Treasure TrailShe said “As a family we are always looking for something to do and having girls who are 4 years apart in age, sometimes it can be tricky finding something they both like and want to do.  Now a while back we were given a gift from a family member and it was a Treasure Trail, we knew nothing about them so thought we would give it a go and see what it was all about. I have to say our Trail took us a while to complete but we all loved doing it. It made us look at our surroundings in a different light.  We have done a few local trails so I thought I would share with you one we did that I blogged about.”

Rachel’s Day Out in Preston 

We chose to go to Preston as it’s not too far away from where we are and it seemed like a good family friendly treasure hunt. I’m not going to spoil it and tell you about the hunt as I would recommend that you try them out for yourself as they are great fun.

Here are some pictures that I took while we were out on our Treasure Trail.

The Treasure Trails voyage of discovery - one of many thins to do in Preston.We all enjoyed this Trail and I was surprised there was this beautiful park, hidden away but not far from the centre of Preston. We found out a lot of information about Preston through this Trail too and I’m glad that even though we were doing something fun it was still educational. The girls didn’t even know they were learning as we were going.

It did get a little competitive at times between me and the Mr who really does have no sense of direction…. Sorry if you are reading this but well let’s admit it you don’t. He didn’t like it when I spotted a clue from quite a distance and then didn’t agree with the way I said we needed to go. Even though I was only reading the instructions on the sheet. It panned out that I was right and he pulled a face and pretended like he had just been testing my ‘skills.’ This happened a few times and well you can guess how it turned out……

I was right and he was wrong haha!

Have you been on a Treasure Trail, which one did you do?  Or would you consider doing one? Rachel would love to find out. Pop over to her blog to get in touch with her.

6th July 2016

Posted In: Lancashire


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