You may have heard about the exciting new socially distanced wild adventure family woodland walk right here in Greater Manchester! Totally Roarsome opened this month in Mottram and we went recently on Joshua’s 8th birthday. I was very excited to review it, I’d seen some fabulous photos but couldn’t wait to try it out for ourselves. You guys that have followed some of our adventures over the last few years will probably know how much we love the great outdoors plus…..we love a trail! Anything that keeps kids entertained, happy and interested in walking gets a big thumbs up from me.
You can find out all the information you need about Totally Roarsome here or on their Facebook page, but to sum up there is 6 themed zones in the woods for you and your family to explore. Families enter at staggered points so perfect for a social distanced adventure. Don’t forget your wellies!
When you book, you are emailed with details of where to park on the day. Once parked we followed the Totally Roarsome signposts to the starting point. From the start, we noticed the safety measures that had been in place in order to social distance. We stayed behind the waiting point until called for our slot. At the starting point there is also toilet facilities.
We were given a trail map as well as some safety information including first aid and emergency exists. The children were excited to get started, on the back of the map are 18 characters that we needed to write down the name of. At the end you need to pop it in the post box as you leave to be in with a chance a winning a prize! The lady at the reception point explained how the trail should take about an hour, she told us to take our time, not to rush, take plenty of photos and have fun!
We set of into the woods and first came across the dinosaurs! My two boys do love dinosaurs so they were certainly a big hit! Joshua liked reading the facts on the posts dotted about whereas my younger children just enjoyed looking at the big dinosaurs. There was plenty of photo opportunities, luckily my kids are too young to be embarrassed by their mum yet………
As we wandered through the woods, we noticed that the family in front and behind were a good distance away and we never felt rushed. There were plenty of one way signs and routes to follow plus hand sanitiser everywhere.
We continued the trail past plenty of jungle animals and more, there were even pirates! Joshua loved having a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow! My kids do enjoy walking as we do it a lot, they especially love walking through the woods, but there’s nothing better than a trail. Having something for them to look for or be focused on keeps them entertained and happy to walk.
Next we walked through the Alice In Wonderland themed part of the woods, which was my favourite part. We walked past the playing cards guards, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and of course Alice. Everything was brightly coloured and oversized in that part and it looked fab. Isla said seeing ‘the princess’ (she means Alice) was her favourite part too.
If you have any superhero fans then they will love the next part. Joshua had to have a photo with Spider-Man, whereas Oscar thought Batman was better! We probably spent about 45 minutes walking through the trail from start to finish. We could have spent a little longer if we had walked slower perhaps, but we had three very excited children that couldn’t wait to see what’s next!
Isla of course spotted a unicorn and that then was her favourite bit.
If your looking for something a little different this summer holidays, want to get out and about more, explore the woods, see some dinosaurs and other special treats then I would certainly recommend Totally Roarsome. We had a great morning out and Joshua said he had a fantastic birthday treat. It’s really reasonably priced too at £25 for a family of 5.
In return for an honest review, my family and I were gifted tickets.