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

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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Secret Picnic Hotspot, Sunny Nunney

 

Welcome to Sunny Nunney

 

The English Countryside is full of beautiful villages which provide the inspiration for many a poet, artist, photographer, tourist, rambler and day tripper from the cities. These villages also form the backdrop and inspiration to many of our ‘secret picnic’  Treasure Trail locations. Although they are less obvious places to visit, they are no less enjoyable than our more popular hotspots.

Nunney is no exception to this; a beautiful, sleepy village set amongst the Mendips and close to the more vibrant, Artisan market town of Frome in Somerset.

At the heart of the village are Nunney Castle ruins, complete with moat, which date back to 1373 when John de la Mare built the castle under royal license. This 14th Century Knight was hoping to gain favour within Royal Circles and it has been suggested that the castle was built to improve his circle of influence.

The castle is looked after and maintained by English Heritage, and entry is free. It is a perfect place for a little quiet fishing and perhaps a family picnic before or after your Treasure Trail experience.

Although the castle was extensively modernised in the late 16th Century, some parts suffered significant gun damage during the civil war. Despite this damage to the main tower, it wasn’t until 1910 that the tower finally collapsed.

Overlooking the castle is All Saints Church, separated from it by the quiet dusty high street. The church dates back to the 12th Century.

The village and immediate area offers a wonderful setting for one of our ‘secret picnic’ Treasure Hunt locations. As you explore and discover this ancient village surrounded by delightful English Countryside, you might want to remember to take some food for the ducks!

You can find out more about Nunney here or purchase the Trail here.

We’ll be bringing you more ‘secret picnic’ locations as we approach the summer, so keep following and let us know your own ‘hotspots’ by leaving a comment below.

Author: Dave Gill, Treasure Trails Wessex.

17th May 2012

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