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“900 acres of activities”

summer 2012

There’s lots to do at Crieff Hydro. In fact, there are over 60 onsite activities to make your stay as energetic or relaxing as you like.

The first three sections in this guide will give you the lowdown on some of our most popular activities. At the back, you’ll find a handy ‘at-a-glance’ chart showing the full range on offer, along with locations and prices. The extension numbers shown work from the hotel’s internal phones. If you’re calling from outside the hotel, dial 01764 65 followed by the extension number. Our resort activity booking desk is in the Ballroom.


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ARCHERY RANGE Raise aloft your bow and arrow – and transport yourself to another time. Not only is archery a sport of kings, it’s really brilliant fun. If you’re a beginner, our instructor will have you hitting targets in no 1622 time. Ask about our Sky Shot archery too! £26pp

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BASKETBALL Basketballers of all heights are welcome on our indoor courts. Shoot some hoops or play a full game, the choice is yours. Bring your own 1617 ball, or hire one from Melville Hall. £4 court hire

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BOWLS Forget alleys and pins; lawn bowls is the real deal. Our synthetic outdoor green is suitable for bowlers of all ages, and it comes with unlimited fresh air. You bring the competitors, we’ll provide the jacks, 1617 bowls and mats. £2.20 (set of 4)

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AIR RIFLE RANGE Ready, aim, fire! With three simple words your adrenalin will soar at our Air Rifle range. Sessions last an hour, and we’ll provide everything you need. Well, everything but a keen eye and a steady trigger finger, that is. £26pp 1622

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CINEMA After a busy day, dinner and a movie can be just the ticket - even if there’s no ticket required. We show movies for free every evening in our 38-seat cinema room. So grab an early dinner (popcorn optional) and enjoy. For directions and showing times, ask at reception. FREE 8000

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CROQUET Mallet whacks ball, ball rolls through hoop, victory is nigh. Hardly anyone seems to play croquet these days, but it’s plenty popular with our guests. Lawn provided, mallets and balls available from Melville Hall. £5 1617

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CRAZY GOLF Miniature game, maximum fun. With its small-scale versions of Scottish landmarks, our miniature golf course is not to be missed. Hire balls and clubs from the activity centre, then come and find us near the 1st 1622 of the main course. £2.50pp

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DISC GOLF Instead of hitting a ball with a club into a hole, you throw mini flying discs into a series of baskets. Easy peasy. Or is it? Gear hire from the Activity Centre £3pp 1622

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DRIVING RANGE Beginner or seasoned golfer, work on your swing at our covered 8-bay driving range, near the main golf course. Use of the range is £3.50pp, with club hire 1622 for £12.50 (half set)

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GOLF The 18-hole course is set right in the Strathearn Valley, with atmospheric views of Ben Vorlich and Ben More. That said, you’ll have to switch off from the scenery a bit if you want to play your handicap on this challenging course. Driving range, club and buggy hire also available. 18 holes £24pp 1622

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GYM Get your dose of endorphins in the hotel’s full kitted-out gym. Do your usual workout, or book a session with a personal trainer, who can assess your fitness and devise a training programme to help you meet your goals. The gym’s open daily from 7am to 9.30pm, and guests are 1624 welcome to use it for FREE. Fitness assessments £13

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HORSE RIDING Experienced rider or first time in the saddle, if you want to explore our 900-acre estate on horseback, we’ll make it happen. Our instructors are here to encourage and advise riders of all levels. Gear provided, but please wear flat shoes with a small heel (not trainers or sandals) and arrive 15 minutes early. One-hour trek £37pp. Private/group lessons 1616 from £24.50pp

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CLAYS Come down to the outdoor activity centre for a shooting experience that’s guaranteed to bring out your competitive side. With our instructor and all the safety gear on hand, we make sure it’s only the clays 1622 that get hurt. £50pp (min 5 people)

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OPEN TOP POLARIS RANGER CHALLENGE Off-roading with no roof or side panels. Hold on tight whilst one of our fearless instructors takes this high performance all terrain vehicle 1622 though its paces. Bring on the mud! £60 (five people, 30 mins)

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WOODLAND LOW ROPES You don’t have to be metres off the ground to end the day on a high. On our woodland low ropes you and your team will balance, grip and clamber your way through a challenging ten-stage course. Bring sensible shoes and gritty determination, our instructor will take 1622 care of the rest. £16pp

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MOUNTAIN BIKING What could be better for the soul than 900 acres of freedom on two wheels? Stick to the paths, or choose your own route. Bike and helmet hire available. One hour - £5.25 per hour, half day - £12.25 or full 1617 day £20.50

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OFF ROAD DRIVING All torque, all action. Our 40-acre all terrain course was once a sand and gravel quarry. Now it’s a playground for big 4x4s and people who love to drive them how they’re built to be driven. Bring up to five passengers; anyone with a driving licence (and steely nerve) can have a go. £105 per hour, per vehicle (max 5 people) 1622

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QUAD BIKES ADVENTURE This is four-wheeled mayhem at its best. Book an hour session for up to 18 people and a qualified instructor will lead you round the estate, across all manner of challenging terrain. We’ve got all the equipment, 1622 just bring outdoor shoes and a need for speed. £46pp per hour

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SEGWAY TREKKING It’s impossible to describe the off road Segway experience. Simply nothing compares. And that’s all the more reason to try it while you’re here. 900 acres, two wheels, 45 minutes of craziness you’ll never forget. Bring flat, outdoor shoes, and our instructor will keep you right. £30pp 1622 (1 hour session)

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SNOOKER Crieff Hydro’s very own Crucible is located in the leisure club. Friendly game or gloves-off tournament, you bring the competitor and we’ll 1624 provide the rest. £4 per 45 mins

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TABLE TENNIS It’s fast, it’s addictive and it’s a must. What else need we say about table tennis? Bats and balls for hire from Melville Hall. £2.50 (per set) 1624

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OUTDOOR LASER QUEST See the woodlands become a temporary warzone with outdoor laser quest. Think paintball without the pain, but you still have to be fast on your feet and quick on the trigger. Outdoor shoes and warm clothes are wise. Best for larger groups, and always supervised by a fun yet safety-conscious instructor. £28pp (min 10) 1622

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TENNIS Sure, Wimbledon's the big one. But you don't need strawberries and ball boys to have a spine-tingling indoor or outdoor tennis tournament here. Cliff Richard-style sing-a-longs optional. Court hire £4, individual 1617 lessons £25 per hour

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VERTIGO Kiss terra firma goodbye and head 14 metres up on our Vertigo high ropes course. We’ll provide the ropes, supervision and everything else you’ll need. If you’re taller than 1.2 metres, you’re cleared to climb. £35pp (min height 1.2m) 1622

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TASTE OF VERTIGO - TEST YOUR NERVE Climbing wall, leap of faith and 100m zip line £25pp 1622 Climbing wall and 100m zip line £18pp (min height 1.2m) 1622

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WATERSPORTS With the size, scale and scenery of Loch Earn to play in, our water sports are some of the best around. Water ski, wakeboard, get thrashed around on giant inflatables – it’s water-based fun all the way. Wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets provided. Boat hire (inc driver/instructor) £50 for 30 mins/ 1622 £90 1 hour/£165 2 hours

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WATER WALKERZ The human hamster ball on water! Step inside a giant floating ball and see how long you can stand up 1622 (or roll around) for. £5pp (5 mins)

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GLOW - BODY AND FACE TREATMENTS What could be more luxurious than a top-to-toe massage or hot stone therapy? And it’s not just about relaxation. Facials, body polishing and wraps will leave you looking as good as you feel. Just put yourself in our capable 1609 hands. Prices from £49pp

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SPARKLE - BEAUTY TREATMENTS Whether you choose a manicure, fish pedicure, wax, tint or any of the other star treatments, our beauty therapists will bring out your inner glow and leave you looking your very best. Best to book in advance, and arrive 15 1609 minutes early for maximum pampering time. Prices from £10pp

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PAMPERING SPA DAYS Choose from a range of pampering from head to toe. All day, adults-only (18+) packages include a delicious light lunch in our informal Brasserie Restaurant as well as access to our adults-only Victorian Spa - complete with spa pool, steam room, sauna and spa 1609 bath. Prices from £90pp per day

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VICTORIAN SPA It's not just for the ladies, although it is only for grown-ups (18 and over). Morning, noon and night, our tranquil Victorian Spa pool is the most relaxing place on the resort with steam room, sauna and spa bath (bliss). Ask about our signature treatment room too. £10pp per day, Twilight Pass (5.30pm 1624 onwards) £7pp

SHINE - HAIR SALON Forget second-rate hotel hair salons. Not only do the team at Shine offer a full range of services - from a simple trim to up-dos, colouring and highlights – we’re full of great advice on how to recreate the look on your own. Prepare to be impressed. Prices from £6pp 1609

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MEN’S COLLECTION Sport, work and life in general all take their toll. This is your chance to give your mind and body some TLC. Important meeting or social occasion - who needs an excuse? From massage and face treatments to waxing and barber shop rituals - the whole experience will leave you feeling revitalised. Prices from £24pp 1609

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just for kids MINI EXPLORERS Big adventures for mini explorers – let the fun begin! Water Pedlerz, Quad pods and crazy golf or disk golf (ages 3-6) £10pp 1622

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SUPER HERO TRAINING Save the day with our Hydro Hero activity bundles – to the Activity Centre and beyond!

Mini quads, water walkerz and zip line (ages 8-11 years) £22pp

Quad pods, water walkerz and zip line (ages 6-7 years) 13pp

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ADVENTURE PLAY AREA Grown-ups look on with envy at the climbing frames, walkways, flying fox (wheee!), full-sized old tractor and mini fort. Adventure Play is completely free, and you’ll find it next to the tennis courts, close to the main hotel. AIR RIFLE RANGE Ready, aim, fire! With three simple words your adrenalin will soar at our Air Rifle range. Sessions last an hour, and we’ll provide all the essential gear - including a safety-conscious instructor. £26pp (ages 8 and up) 1622

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ARCHERY RANGE Raise aloft your bow and arrow – and transport yourself to another time. Not only is archery a sport of kings, it’s really brilliant fun. If you’re a beginner, our instructor will have you hitting targets in no time. Ask about our Sky Shot archery too)! £26pp (ages 6 and up) 1622

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BIG COUNTRY Relax. Your 2-12 year olds will love the friends and fun at BIG Country. And you'll love the fact that two three-hour sessions a day are included in the room rate, even for self-catering guests. Even better, it’s all supervised by highly trained, disclosure-checked staff. Free for 2-12 year-olds, booking advised. 1663

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BASKETBALL Basketballers of all heights are welcome on our indoor courts. Shoot some hoops or play a full game, the choice is yours. Bring your own 1617 ball, or hire one from Melville Hall. £4 court hire

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BUSHCRAFT Learn the art of survival in woodland settings from the experts. There’s plant eating, shelter building, marshmallow roasting and treasure hunting (to name 1622 a few). £19pp (6 years and up).

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CINEMA Hooray for Hollywood. Family movies keep everyone entertained, and we show them all day and evening in our 38-seat cinema room. For directions and showing 8000 times, ask at reception. FREE

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CROQUET Mallet whacks ball, ball rolls through hoop, victory is nigh. Hardly anyone seems to play croquet these days, but it’s plenty popular with our guests. Lawn provided, mallets and balls available from Melville Hall. £5 1617

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CRAZY GOLF Golf for the smaller, less serious player. Negotiate the mini versions of Scottish landmarks one shot at a time, and guess where the ball will appear from next. Whether you’re keeping score or not, this kid-friendly course is not to be missed. Hire balls and clubs from the activity centre, then find us near the 1st of the 1622 main course. £2.50pp

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DISC GOLF Instead of hitting a ball with a club into a hole, you throw mini flying discs into a series of baskets. Easy peasy. Or is it? Ages 6 and up (because of the tall baskets), and located at the outdoor activity centre. Adult £3, junior £1.50, or £6 for a family of four. 1622

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ENTERTAINMENT Our daily entertainment programme typically includes family fun, from face-painting to treasure hunts and evening entertainment in season. For what’s on today, see the ‘Resort Round-up’ on our website, ask at 1707 reception or pop into BIG Country.

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GIANT CHESS Go for a checkmate on our jumbo outdoor chess set. No need to book, just head down to the lawn outside the Brasserie. FREE HORSE RIDING For children under five, we offer hand-led pony rides, while there are larger ponies for children over six. Booking’s advised, as is arriving 15 minutes early to get kitted up. Sensible footwear essential, carrots 1616 optional.

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BOUNCY CASTLE Jumping Jacks (and Jills) will love the bouncy castle at BIG Country. It’s inflated and full supervised between 10am and 4pm every day during school holidays, and every weekend during term time. £2 for 15 mins, 1663 £4 for 30 mins and £5 for a full hour.

OUTDOOR LASER QUEST There’s outdoor laser quest at our activity centre. It’s all about speed as you dodge your opponents’ lasers and fire those all-important retorts. Safe and supervised, it’s woodland warfare for the whole family. £28pp (min 10, age 8+) 1622

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WOODLAND LOW ROPES You don’t have to be metres off the ground to end the day on a high. On our woodland low ropes (just a few feet up) the whole family can balance, grip and clamber their way through a challenging ten-stage course that takes around 90 minutes to complete. £16pp (age 6+) 1622

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OFF-ROAD 4X4 DRIVING For kids and grown-ups who’d rather not drive, book a half-hour off-road tour and an instructor will take the wheel. £60, 30 mins session (Bring booster seats if 1622 required)

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QUAD PODS Even toddlers can get in on the action with our quad pods, a convoy of off-road pods for the tiniest adrenaline seekers and their grown-ups. Equipment and supervision provided. A ten-minute session for tots of 1622 all ages (accompanied) costs £5 per child

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SEGWAY TREKKING Personal transporters as seen in Mall Cop (muddier offroad version). The 1 hour Segway adventure is open 1622 to anyone aged 10 or over, and costs £30pp

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SOFT PLAY Young kids (including under 2's) and their grown-ups can play to their hearts’ content in our indoor soft play area - next to BIG Country. It’s open from 3pm-6pm 1622 daily, and completely FREE

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SWIMMING Lagoon Leisure (in the resort’s main leisure club) is a great place for kids and grown-ups to swim, play and meet. There's a shallow pool for little ones, a whirlpool for relaxing, and a heated 20-metre pool for generally playing about in. Towels provided, just bring a £1 coin for your 1624 locker. FREE

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TABLE TENNIS It’s fast, it’s addictive and it’s a must. What else need we say about table tennis? Bats and balls for hire from Melville Hall. £2.50 (per set) 1624

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TANDEM BIKES Explore our estate on a bicycle built for two. For families, trailers and tot seats mean nobody has to miss out on the fun. Hire our bikes for £6.75 per hour, £13.75 per half day (4 hours) and £22 per day 1617 (8 hours).

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TENNIS Sure, Wimbledon's the big one. But you don't need strawberries and ball boys to have a spine-tingling indoor or outdoor tennis tournament here. Racquets and balls for hire, Cliff Richard-style sing-a-longs optional. Racquet hire £1.15. Court hire £4 Individual lessons £25 per hour 1617

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MINI QUADS Our 50cc mini quads are a great size for kids on our mini track. We’ll provide driving coveralls and all the other safety equipment, just bring sensible shoes and a mud-friendly approach! A 15-minute session for kids 1622 aged 8-11 years costs £16pp

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THE GALLERY For older children and teenagers, the Gallery has a TV, pool table, table football and Xbox 360. The Gallery is just above the Hub café; get the entry PIN from reception. The air hockey and pool tables are coin operated, so bring some change if you’d like to play. 1617 ENTRY FREE

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VERTIGO Kiss terra firma goodbye and head 14 metres up on our Vertigo high ropes course. We’ll provide the ropes, supervision and everything else you’ll need. £35pp (age 6+, min height 1.2m) 1622

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TASTE OF VERTIGO - TEST YOUR NERVE Climbing wall, leap of faith and 100m zip line £25pp 1622 Climbing wall and 100m zip line £18pp (age 6+, min height 1.2m)

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WATERSPORTS With the size, scale and scenery of Loch Earn to play in, our water sports are some of the best around. Water ski, wakeboard, get thrashed around on giant inflatables – it’s water-based fun all the way. Wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets provided. Boat hire (inc driver/instructor) £50 for 30 mins/ 1622 £90 1 hour/£165 2 hours

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WATER PEDLERZ Self propelled pedal boats in a mini pool at our activity centre. This is a perfect 1622 treat for little adventurers. £5pp (3 years and up)

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WATER WALKERZ The human hamster ball on water! Step inside a giant floating ball and see how long you can stand up. £5pp (ages 6 and up - but adults seem to love 1622 them too!)

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Here’s a quick reference guide to our onsite activities, their prices and what you need to bring.

WOODLAND WALKS Within the estate, you'll never be short of woodland to explore, and it's home to all manner of local wildlife. Packed lunches available to take with 1666 you - just call us in advance.

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ACTIVITY: ADVENTURE PLAY AREA AIR RIFLE RANGE ARCHERY RANGE BADMINTON

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Bags of energy Outdoor clothes, keen eye for a target Outdoor clothes, decent aim Gym kit and trainers (racquet and shuttlecock hire from Melville Hall) BASKETBALL Gym kit and trainers (ball hire from Melville Hall) BIG COUNTRY Boundless energy, team spirit BLINDFOLD DRIVING Driving licence, nerves of steel BOUNCY CASTLE General appreciation for jumping BOWLS Outdoor shoes (bowling set hire from Melville Hall) BUSHCRAFT Outdoor shoes and sense of adventure CHILDREN’S POOL Suits, goggles, armbands, beach balls - all things aqua-funtastic CINEMA Programme from reception, BYO popcorn CLAYS Outdoor clothes, steady trigger finger CROQUET Good mallet control (croquet set hire from Melville Hall) CRAZY GOLF Crazy disposition (club and ball hire from the Activity Centre) DISC GOLF Frisbee skills (kit from the Activity Centre) DRIVING RANGE BYO clubs, or hire them from the Clubhouse ENTERTAINMENT Daily ‘Resort Round-up’ from the website or reception EXERCISE TO MUSIC Comfortable clothes essential, sense of rhythm optional FITNESS ASSESSMENTS Gym gear and trainers, something to prove FITNESS INDUCTIONS Gym gear and trainers, an open mind FITNESS PROGRAMMES Gym gear and trainers, dogged determination GIANT CHESS Kasparov’s brain, giant pieces outside the Brasserie GOLF BYO shoes (club and buggy hire available) HAIR AND BEAUTY Nothing but the need to feel pampered HORSE RIDING Flat shoes with a small heel, carrots optional HORSE RIDING HACKS Flat shoes with a small heel, sense of adventure HORSE RIDING LESSONS Flat shoes with a small heel, advance booking INDOOR FOOTBALL A love of the game (ball hire from Melville Hall) MINI QUADS Outdoor shoes, a love of bumps and mud MOUNTAIN BIKING A sense of adventure and feet that reach the pedals NEW AGE BOWLS Softer, smaller bowls (for hire from Melville Hall) OFF-ROAD DRIVING Driving licence, steely nerve. Max 5 per vehicle

PRICE FREE £26pp (aged 8+) £26pp (aged 6+)

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8/17 OUTDOOR LASER QUEST Outdoor shoes, warm clothes, willing victims PERSONAL TRAINING Gym kit and trainers, endorphin addiction PONY RIDES (UNDER 5s) Pony-friendly little one, camera to capture the moment POOL TABLE BYO rules (cues, balls and chalk all supplied at the Leisure Club) PUTTING Good short shot (club hire from Melville Hall) 9 QUAD BIKES ADVENTURE Outdoor shoes, adrenaline addiction 18 QUAD PODS Very small person and accompanying grown-up RACQUET BALL Gym kit and trainers (racquet and jumbo ball hire from Melville Hall) 9 SEGWAY TREKKING Shoes with grip, ability to lean 9 SHORT TENNIS Gym kit and trainers (racquet and ball hire from Melville Hall) 9 SNOOKER Nothing but a competitor (everything else supplied) 18 SOFT PLAY Tiny sense of adventure SPA BATH Swimsuit, bubble obsession STEAM ROOM & SAUNA Swimsuit, love of perspiration salvation SUMO SUITS Willing competitor (sumo suit hire from Activity Centre) 19 SWIMMING Swimsuits, rubber rings, waterwings - just these things 9/19 TABLE TENNIS Bats and balls from Melville Hall TANDEM BIKES Outdoor clothing, pedal power 9/19 TENNIS Kit and trainers (racquets and ball hire from Melville Hall). Court hire separate. 19 THE GALLERY Some £1 coins for table games, ability to ‘hang out’ 10/20 VERTIGO Height over 1.2 metres, ability to not look down 10/20 TASTE OF VERTIGO Height over 1.2 metres, ability to not look down 12 VICTORIAN SPA Over 18s only, bathing suits, determination to relax VOLLEYBALL At least one other player, obviously (ball hire from Melville Hall) 10/20 WATERSPORTS Warm outdoor clothes, towels, ‘try anything once’ approach. Price per boat not per person 20 WATER PEDLERZ Pedal power and sea legs 20 WATER WALKERZ Bare feet and gritty determination 8/17 WOODLAND LOW ROPES Sensible shoes and a height over 1.4 metres 20 WOODLAND WALKS Warm clothes, walking shoes, love of all things peaceful

PRICE £28pp (min 10, age 8+) £25 an hour

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