First off, how hot is it!!!? I’m literally melting right now and this has been the case for the past 4 days, I love the sun but this heat is on another level! We needed to cool ourselves off on Sunday and thankfully found the perfect spot to do so.
We were very kindly invited to The Bear Trail near Cullompton, Devon. I have previously shared Bear Town which we loved and so we trialled the other attraction on site. What is The Bear Trail I hear you say? Well, let me tell you…
About The Bear Trail
Set in 10 acres of beautiful countryside, The Bear Trail is Devon’s muddiest adventure playground, and when I say muddiest I mean it! With over 30 obstacles to clamber over, this assault course will challenge you to the limit. Family fun for all ages to enjoy, from zip wires, tunnels, rope bridges, mud pits and bear nests to name but a few you will leave exhausted but elated.
Once you have completed the course and got covered in mud, you can shower off in one of two outdoor showers, change and settle down on the picnic benches to enjoy something delicious from the Bear Cave Cafe. You’ll be able to order wood-fired pizzas, paninis, drinks and other various yummy snacks. Or you could pack up a picnic yourself to enjoy under the shade of the trees, looking out at the stunning scenery.
Things To Know
- The Bear Trail is open every day and during the school holidays, bookings are right up until 31st October.
- There’s lots of free on site parking.
- 2 outdoor showers (a hose pipe, so don’t bring your luxury shower gel!) and changing rooms.
- Wear your old scruffy clothes and trainers as you will get very very muddy!
- Pack a big carrier bag to take your muddy clothes home in.
- Bring a spare change of clothes and a towel – do not forget a spare pair of pants like we did!
- Everything is very Covid secure and all regulations are followed.
- Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leads.
- Prices: Big Bears that are over 1 metre £8.75, Baby Bears that are under 1 metre £5.75 & Tiny Bears under 2 go free.
- If it is a very hot day, take plenty of water, wear a hat and don’t forget the suncream.
- There are two sessions a day to choose from – 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm.
- Food allergies are taken care of, just let a member of staff know beforehand.
The car was packed up and we were off! We booked into the morning session and I’m so glad we did as by the end we were melting! I had The Bear Trail on my summer bucket list so was very much looking forward it. This was very different to how we’d usually spend our Sunday morning, but it’s nice to do something totally out of your normal routine. We joined the queue, all socially distancing and were let in, the first obstacle stood in front of us so we got cracking climbing, scrambling up and through nets, jumping into muddy puddles/baths. I was so proud of the children for getting involved with everything, especially Charlie as he was a bit reluctant to get his feet wet or muddy at first.
There’s a massive mud slide which reminded me of one you would see at a waterpark but with a big muddy puddle at the end. I saw children from the age of 2 bombing down this slide, it was amazing and just goes to show this place is for all ages. What I did find really lovely was the people around you were cheering you on, everyone was really encouraging each other even though we didn’t know one another. It was definitely a good way to build confidence and meet new people along the way – proper team spirit.
You don’t have to do the assault course in any particular order, although there are arrows to guide you, and you can spend the entire 3 hours going back to your favourite obstacles again and again. As it was getting pretty warm and we were starving, we headed to the showers. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was an outdoor shower which was a hose pipe, so I wouldn’t recommend bringing your fancy soap and shower hat. But it was enough to wash off the mud and then hop into the changing rooms, these are adequate for your needs. I made a massive mum fail though, I forgot to pack the kids some spare pants – rookie mistake! I’m usually on it when it comes to a change of underwear for them but this time I forgot. Charlie went commando, much to his annoyance – he hates stuff like that, ha ha! Amelie had to sit in her muddy knickers but it was so hot they dried pretty quickly.
Lunchtime was at the Bear Cave Café where we were very kindly treated to wood fired pizzas, Amelie chose chicken nuggets & chips and we had lots of refreshing cold drinks. Now, you know me and my silly Coeliac dramas and how panicky I get eating at a new venue. Well, here you have a gluten free option which was music to my ears as usually I dip out on lunch and snaffle a Nakd Bar instead. However, I mentioned I was gluten free and ordered the BBQ Chicken Pizza. The lovely lady asked if I was Coeliac which really surprised me as not many people know the difference, anyway I said yes and I’m so thankful. Every precaution was taken to ensure my pizza was cooked in the correct manner, meaning no cross contamination etc. It arrived and was absolutely delicious! It is now Tuesday and I’ve not had any nasty side effects at all, yay!
We cannot wait to return to The Bear Trail, I think it would be amazing during the Autumn time. I think I’ll suggest to a few of my mum friends to arrange a play date here during the October half term, when it is a little bit cooler. You can also book birthday parties here too which is fab as I always struggle with ideas for birthday parties, and there is no hope in hell I’m going to hold a party at my house, ha ha!! Fresh air, getting mucky and making so many memories is the way I’m going.
Honestly, we had the best time and I recommend giving it a go, you won’t regret it!