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Things to do in Shropshire

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

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

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15th March 2019

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Things to do in Kidderminster

Kidderminster itself has a couple of interesting things to do, but the best thing when looking for things to do in Kidderminster is to take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway!

Severn Valley Railway

We did just that. We caught the steam train one gloriously sunny Friday morning. It was so nostalgic getting into the train’s carriage. I was reminded of days gone by when I used to catch a steam train to school. I’m not that old, but the train went from Mombasa to Nairobi back in the 1960s. This one goes to Bridgnorth and back. It took around an hour and a half. We had been given a guide book that details the things to do and see along the way. The most exciting bit was when we passed the West Midlands Safari Park and saw two enormous rhino. We learnt that the railway is staffed by 1,300 volunteers! The ultimate job for all those men who wanted to be train drivers when they grew up.

Things to do in Kidderminster - Severn Valley Railway
Things to do in Kidderminster - A little bit of Spain

A little bit of Spain

Bridgnorth is such a picturesque historic market town. On arrival in Bridgnorth we wandered around the castle before heading to our lunch venue. We had a table booked at a tapas restaurant which we’d heard was excellent. The recommendation was a good one and we thoroughly enjoyed all the little tapas dishes we chose. It did feel a bit weird though eating Spanish food in the middle of Shropshire.

Cliff Railway

After lunch we went on the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway. Its the oldest and steepest inland funicular in the UK and only £1.60 return per person. We thoroughly enjoyed the short trip down the cliff face and the wander along the riverside. We picked up an ice-cream and then headed back to the station to catch the train back to Kidderminster. A really fun and memorable day out. Next time we plan to catch the train to Bewdley for lunch and back again! Watch this space.

Things to do in Kidderminster - Cliff Railway

We have Treasure Trails in Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Bewdley so there is no excuse not to do at least one of them if you follow in our footsteps.

10th October 2017

Posted In: Shropshire, Things to do, Worcestershire

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