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Sunday, 25 January 2009

Dawn Walk

A few days ago I set a challenge to myself to join my mum and dad in partaking in the Dawn Walk, Pembrokeshire to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. A couple of days on and I am beginning to wonder whether training for a 26 mile walk is a little too adventurous!

I used (and I stress that word greatly) to be a relatively fit kind of person, riding two horses pretty much everyday of the week, with the riding came the mucking out, carrying the hay bales, the large water buckets, walking to the field to round them up and now I do absolutely nothing, diddly squat. So there you have my problem, I cannot begin to imagine where I start to be honest!

Martin (my partner), is being very reluctant in joining us at the moment, I think the damage it would do to his regular drinking schedule is more than my life is worth. So, I am zipping my trap and hoping that when he sees my figure taking shape and my glowing skin (I will hide the rather disgusting foot sores), that he will not think twice about jumping on the wagon and making our team complete.

At this point I would just like to add that if anybody out there has any advice whatsoever about how I begin devising my training session, your knowledge and fine wisdom would be greatly received! In other words don't hold back...!

I was debating whether to let my mum and dad be the brave candidates and take a back seat by joining them half way at the 13 mile point, but I did think that would just be a little bit lazy. If I am going to do this then I might as well go the whole hog, right? You can though take that option if you don't fancy the 26 mile slog, I think either goal is fair play.

The date is set for Sunday 17th May 2009 and will begin at 06.00am sharp. I can't understand why on earth such a time has been invented, but I suppose that is the whole point of the title, 'Dawn Walk' really isn't it, so if you began at say 09.00am you may have to revert to the 'Mid Morning Walk' instead. But let's not get into all that jazz and concentrate on the cause behind sores. See what I did there?!

Macmillan Cancer Support is an outstanding charity that doesn't need any other explanation than what it says on the surface. They provide great support for those who live affected by cancer, along with their families, friends and carers. I would also like just to mention that they have set themselves one mighty impressive mission, in that their primary goal for 2010 is to reach and and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. Good luck!

When I hear that goal and then turn the attention to my own goal in being able to somehow walk 26 miles in a few months from now, I have to say that my goal does sound a lot more possible than I once thought.

That is why I am going to train hard, drink water and only have a bag of chips once a week and complete that Dawn Walk of 2009! I will most definitely keep you posted during my progression to fit bird!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Business is Ballooning!

I am delighted to be shouting from the rooftops that business is absolutely booming at present an long may it continue right the way through the year! It's great when the phone doesn't stop ringing and you walk through the door at 9 and it feels like 10 minutes later you are walking right back through at 5! Not only does the constant bustle and talking make the day pass right on by, it also let's our team know that we must be doing something right and that is a bigger incentive than most.

I would now like to introduce you to yet another fantastic, exciting and unique operator that we are delighted to have join the crew at Activity Wales, Bailey Balloons. I think you can at this moment begin to imagine just what they offer and if you are thinking Hot Air Ballooning then congratulations, but on the other hand if you thinking bird watching say, then I at this point I would accept defeat as you are absolutely 100% incorrect.

Bailey Balloons are quite frankly brilliant. They offer you a once in a lifetime experience that plain and simply cannot be missed by any man or beast. Now if you are thinking ok, it would be great to go on a balloon ride, full stop. You are wrong. This is more than just a balloon ride people this is one massive, gigantic big deal. You help to prepare all the bits and pieces for take off, find out interesting facts on how the balloon operates and when you're on your way back down safely, crack open the bubbly, enjoy a chilled glass of champers and receive your very own special flight certificate. How about that for class?!

If you are like me then mornings can sometimes, just occasionally come around and slap you in the face leaving you in average mood for around the first couple of hours that day. On the other hand, I do believe that some people embrace the rise of the sun and are able to welcome a brand new day with a gracious, sparkly smile and open arms. If only.

The point that I am making is that Bailey Balloons can offer all you happy, morning people an Early Bird Flight and trust me, you will see the sun rising! I suppose when you think about it though, the morning is a pleasant, peaceful time of the day, when the cows are yawning and the cockerel is squawking funny noises and so I think I would probably make an effort to get out of my cosy bed for this ballooning experience.

For those guys who feel that they prefer the lie in, then fear not as they also have a flight just for you too. We like to call it a 'Hot Air Balloon Experience Flight' with Bailey Balloons. Both flights give the opportunity to really see our beautiful welsh countryside as though you are flying sky high like a bird.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Welcome and Embrace 2009

Here we are having a spent a ridiculous amount of pennies over the Christmas and New Year season wondering whether 2009 will bring tremendous quantities of full-bellied laughter or tears. Let's hope for the sake of everyone around us that it is certainly NOT the latter. Though I suppose we could be talking tears from way too much laughter! I didn't think of that.
Well I just thought that I would entertain you all as there is nothing like starting the New Year with laughter, and plenty of it. Please find to follow a few quotes...

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to.

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

I have made absolutely no New Year resolutions at all, full stop. Why, because what is the point when I know fine well that I am going to break them. By saying 'I am not going to eat chocolate' makes you think of chocolate and so you will want to eat twice as much than you would have before because you know that it is really naughty and you shouldn't be eating it. Sound Familiar? Actually I have started this New Year by telling you all a fib. I did make one, to get on a four legged beast with large nostrils and a tail. No, not a frog a horse, really I miss horse riding. So yes that is my resolution. I am going to get back up on a horse, I didn't have a bad experience or anything, I used to be pretty good and own 2 of my own, but due to 'growing up' and having to take responsibility for my self and actually get a job meant that I no longer really had much time for them disappointingly. Have you made any? If not I can give you a few to choose from...

I will contact Activity Wales to book my Tandem Sky Diving Slot
I will contact Activity Wales to book my White Water Rafting Experience
I will contact Activity Wales to book my friends and I to 'spot some spooks' (Ghost Hunting!)
I will contact Activity Wales to book me to go and squash a car with a battle tank
I will contact Activity Wales to try my hand at JCB Driving
I will contact Activity Wales learn how to Surf

The list could keep going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going and going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, but I will stop here.

Honestly, how better than to clean your wotsits and 'detox' your insides with a few activities that we can make happen with Activity Wales Ltd. Just pick up the phone and dial. Need the number? 01437 765 777 or 01437 766 888!