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Things to do in Warwickshire

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

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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Escape Rooms – One of the Latest Things to do!

People do different things to escape their every day routines! Our friends decided to entertain us with a hour in their local Escape Room!


For years and years 31 Greenhill Street, Stratford upon Avon was a charity shop. Today, it houses “an absolutely spellbinding escape room”. We had been told not to get there too early! We did, so hung about outside for a bit. We could have had a haircut, done our laundry, made a phone call, sent a parcel or had fish and chips while we were waiting!

But we just waited for our slot...

Ten minutes before the appointed hour, we were let into the building. Joe, the games master gave us a briefing and led us up to the room. Before we knew where we were, we were locked in there!

Escape Rooms - One of the Latest Things to do - Anticipation
Escape Rooms - One of the Latest Things to do - Execution


We had an hour to break the curse! Time zipped past and the four of us were totally absorbed. We had to figure out answers to puzzles to enable us to open boxes and doors.

Some of the room was quite high tech. We had wands that changed the lights! Other bits were really low tech as we tried to create a triangle out of string!

I can’t tell you too much otherwise it will spoil it for you if you decide to have a go. 


All the while the music creates a sense of urgency. The clock ticks down faster than you would expect. Did we break the curse? No we didn’t, but apparently we were really close.

The last game defeated us because we just weren’t quick enough. We knew what to do but needed a minute or two more!

Would we do another one in another town? Yes we would!

Escape Rooms - One of the Latest Things to do - Completion

Did we prefer it to playing the Treasure Trails games. No we didn’t. With a Treasure Trail you can take all the time you need to figure out the answers!

We left the escape room and headed out into the sunshine to enjoy Stratford upon Avon and double check on a couple of clues on the Stratford Treasure Trail!  

Have you been to an escape room? Let us know what you thought of it.

24th April 2018

Posted In: Things to do, Warwickshire


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