Rock Reef, Bournemouth
As part of T's birthday treat we booked the Pier Zip for T (a giant zipline running from the end of the pier to the beach, costing £15 + 75p booking fee) and the Pier Cave for both T and N (a man-made cave inside the building, costing £8 each). It is really simple to book online and you can even sign the waiver before you arrive to help beat the queues. Unfortunately on the day T was due to zip down the line there were very high winds. This meant that they had to close the Pier Zip for safety reasons and we had to rearrange this part of the visit. They rang in advance to let us know and said we could reschedule when we went in for the Pier Cave. On the day itself it was clear that the weather wasn't suitable to take part in such an activity.
With it being so windy the walk along the pier was also entertaining - the kids were quite amused by the battle just to walk as the wind pushed us sideways. They were still giggling when we arrived, somewhat windswept, at the Rock Reef reception area.
Today we went back to Rock Reef so that T could do his Pier Zip. I felt so nervous on the way there, I wasn't looking forward to seeing my baby (he may be 12 but will always be my baby) do such a large zip line. T on the other hand was as calm as a cucumber!
It all happened very quickly - I stood on the beach to wait for him while hubby went to the end of the pier to see him off. I soon got the call from hubby to say T was on his way up the tower and that he was first in line so I quickly got my camera ready. Just as I did that I could see the first person about to jump off the edge so I started snapping away in the hope I might get an okay photo. This was the best one I got on the way down...
T absolutely loved it, he was buzzing when he came off the line and said he would definitely do it again!