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Published June 13th 2017
The perfect venue for your next event
I am lucky enough to have reviewed Planet Commando before which you can see here, but this time I was invited back with a group for a birthday party to see what the incredible group of people have on offer. And boy do they have a lot on offer. So if you are in charge of organising a birthday, work party or team building exercise then I have done the research for you, so sit back and let me take you on a three-hour adventurous journey!
We began with a quick safety briefing about how to use the harnesses. Like most adventure venues, those of us who had been there before didn't need to go through it again, but it is always good to have a quick refresher. Then, before hitting the high, high, high ropes, we were taken through a set of obstacles significantly closer to the ground to help us get used to the harness system. Whilst scrambling over wobbly steps, swinging between platforms and balancing on a wire, the wonderful staff gathered below us and shouted supportive advice and compliments to help us power through the course.
This is me undertaking the low ropes course with friends.
Next up was the high ropes course. It has to be done early in the session because if you are a normal person, you will get tired and it is better to get tired later on when you are closer to the ground. After scaling a telephone pole participants move through a series of high-rise challenges including riding a surfboard from one platform to another and swinging into a large net. I must admit that I am too much of a wimp to try this one, BUT I still felt like I got my money's worth with all the other amazing adventures I was able to experience.
After this, we tried our hands at rock climbing and abseiling. A year ago I gave the rock climbing wall a go but this time I took it up a notch and tried the opposite wall on the tower which involves a very complex challenge. Adventures carry with them, attached to their harness, as series of pegs which are inserted into holes in the wall, which they use to pull and push themselves us the world. However the challenge is that if you use all your pegs at the start – you won't be going very far, so after you have used one, you need to remove it, place back in your pocket, keep climbing and use it again later to reach the top.
Next was a leap off a ledge, unattached to anything, and plummet into a giant inflatable bag. The lower platform I will tell you was pretty scary but the staff member who supported me knew exactly what I needed to hear to take that step. For some people, she counted down or she distracted with small talk and for others, she pumped up with a motivational speech and tips to make the leap. I was pretty proud of myself for getting off the edge and even more proud of my husband and one of our mates for jumping off the higher platform (which is seven metres in the air – but looks much higher).
For the brave you can jump from the 7 metre high platform.
Planet Commando is every evolving and since my last visit – only a year ago they have introduced two other new experiences. The first is an on-ground obstacle course reminiscent of a spider web that you must navigate your body through. If you accidentally hit one of the strings the whole thing rings with bells and you must start again. This activity is great for large groups as you can send people through it without staff supervision, which means more people can be occupied.
The other new addition is one for the adrenaline junkies – a giant swing. Only two members of our group were daring enough to give this one ago. They harnessed up, climbed up a very tall ladder and jumped off a platform only to swing through the air multiple times. Along with the big bag jump – this is where you get to hear your friends, colleagues and family members scream at the top of their lungs. It was actually a good way to end the session as you don't actually need your arms to jump off a ledge – which is good because they had stopped working at that point.
At the end of our session, we were treated to a delicious and light cake with strawberries and cream made using a secret family recipe belonging to our hosts. It tasted absolutely scrumptious and was a lovely added extra at the end of a hard, but fabulous, work out.