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Adventure Golf at Volcano Falls, Xscape, Castleford

December 29, 2014 Leave a comment

If you fancy a game of adventure golf with a difference, Volcano Falls in the Xscape complex at Castleford is a great place to visit. No boring golf courses here┬á – with a choice of two different courses to play on, you can choose whether you want to play next to roaring dinosaurs, or amongst the luscious surroundings of the rainforests and all their plants. We decided to play in the rainforest, which had 18 holes, all with some different type of obstacle or feature to play around to make things more interesting and challenging. This one, for example, had balls to manoeuvre around before you got to the hole: obstacles The small people made a great job of getting their golf ball straight past and into the hole. Unlike me who managed to get mine stuck behind one of the balls pictured and had to try and ‘whack’ it out the next time. Ooops. The highlight of the course was a talking rock creature that, when you putted your ball into its mouth, lit up and gave you feedback on how your shot was. talking rocks volcano falls Hit the ball into its mouth, and he lights up – if your shot is on cue, it will drop through the hole and back onto the course, leaving you with a nifty hole in one! (He’ll also tell you something like it was a good shot to make yourself feel even better!) If you hit it offside though, it won’t go down the hole, and it’ll slide out to the side unceremoniously and he isn’t quite as complimentary. Oh dear. The small people loved this hole best, and did quite a few shots on this one just to laugh at him talking to them! Beware of sudden ‘thunderstorms’ too. Every so often there’ll be a clap of thunder and the sound of rain falling. If you love playing adventure golf, you should definitely pay Volcano Falls a visit. It’s great fun for all ages, from little children, right through to fully grown adults. We’ll definitely be back, especially as I need to work on my technique and make that talking hole a little more complimentary next time! ­čÖé I was given a family pass in order to do this review. All thoughts, views and opinions are completely honest and strictly our own.

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A day out at Jorvik Viking Centre

December 13, 2014 2 comments

Located in the heart of York, the Jorvik Viking Centre celebrates the city’s rich historical past and Viking days gone by.

The original Viking Centre opened in 1984, but since then it has undergone several updates and re-developments to make it into the attraction that is there today.

On entering the Centre, we were taken into a room which has an amazing glass floor gallery so underneath your feet you can see exactly what and how all the Viking Age remains were found.

Everyday items are also on display to look at.

The best part of the whole experience (in our eyes) was the sit on time capsule ride that takes you around a re-created city of York in Viking times.

We rode past ‘Vikings’ going about their daily business, such as shopping at the market, or crafting items such as combs or knives.

We also passed by their houses where we got a glimpse of families sat around the fire.

The attraction’s┬á made all the more authentic by having everyday smells piped through, so you get to smell what life really was like back then.

The man on the Viking Age toilet near the end caused much hilarity with my toilet obsessed children!

(No photography can be taken in this part of the attraction, so no pictures I’m afraid. Although this just adds to the experience – it would hardly be the same and a true sense of Viking life if modern camera or phones were pinging and flashing everywhere!)

Once we emerged from the past and came back into the modern world, we could take a look around an exhibit which displayed two Viking skeletons which were unearthed on a previous dig.

skeleton 2 jorvik

Morbidly fascinating to see what ailments Vikings were afflicted with, and what they would have looked like.

There’s also a little kiosk where a ‘Viking’ will hammer out a Viking coin for you as a souvenir to take home.

If you’re into days gone by, archaeology┬á and the Viking way of life, you’ll be enthralled with the Jorvik Viking Centre.

It’s definitely worth a visit to see how they lived.

Jorvik Viking Centre website

We were given a family pass in order to do this review. All views strictly honest, and completely our own experience.