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Kite surfing – on the South Coast

13 Feb

Not exactly a work organised trip.  It was my partner’s birthday and I thought I’d suprise him with a romantic weekend away.  As we’re both quite active I decided on some beginners kite surfing lessons on the South coast in Camber Sands which is about an hour away from south London.

Our cool holiday let

Our cool holiday let

I’d rented a nice cottage only a few minutes walk away from the beach in Camber Sands which was on a delightfully quiet development called whitesands.  Camber Sands itself is a small village with not much in itof note other than a nice restaurant called Gallivants. Only a short drive or 40 minute walk through fields is the town of Rye which is full of cobbled streets, nice pubs and lovely independent shops.

If you’ve not heard of kite surfing before it involves being pulled along the sea on a surf board by an incredibly large kite.  We booked a six hour session which cost £99.00 each, this included all the equipment required.  The first few hours were spent learning how to control the kite with a very patient instructor.  The main aim is to make sure you don’t end up getting pulled out the channel towards france!  I have to admit this took me considerably longer to master than I thought but we got their in the end.


We then move onto how to kite surf, thankfully the instruction included how to perform a ‘self resue’  By the end of the day we were both well and truly zonked as well as incredibly wet.  To be profficent I think you need quite a few more lessions than we had but it would be well worth it if I lived closer to the coast and could pop down on in the summer evenings.


This makes a great birthday treat for kids, boyfriends or a group activity.  it is reliant on the wind blowing in the correct direction and the tides being out.  For more information on kite surfing in Camber Sands try these guys.


Childrens Days Out – London – GO APE in Bracknell

11 Feb kids days out london

It was bitterly cold when the childrens day out at GoApe took place in the middle of January. Thankfully that didn’t deter my party of 12 children aged between  10 and 16.   They thoroughly enjoyed the rope bridges, tarzan swings, sliding down sip lines.

Childrens Days Out – London

For those that have no knowledge of Go Ape it’s an adventure course for children and adults.  They have a number of venues usually in forests than are ideal for childrens days out. Catering for most age ranges but it’s particularly suited to energetic kids aged 10 years and above.

You’ll find it usually takes about 3 hours to get around the course.  The kids will be equipped with safety helmets and support harnesses  and guided round the course by patient instructors. You find a number of companies send their employees on team building days so it will probably give you some indication that these courses are not just for children and considered challenging for people of all ages.

When we’d finished out circuit of the course we all took some time to eat a picnic in the beautiful surroundings whilst the kids regailed us of tails of the heroism!

kids days out london

Go Ape

Prices at the GO APE in Bracknell were £20.00 for Children and £30.00 for adults.  Obviously if you’re in a large group you may be able to get this discounted.  For more information and to find a suitable venue take a look at their website

The Small print:

Go Ape: Age 10 or over. Over 1.4m/4ft 7 tall. Under 130kg/20.5stone.  Under 18s must be supervised by a participating adult. An adult can supervise either two children (where one or both of them is under 16) or up to five 16-17 year olds.

£30.00 adults £20.00 10-16yrs