This month just before the children went back to school I discovered an attraction in Cornwall I hadn’t visited before. The Great Cornish Slip and Slide which is between Truro and Perranporth.
I had a tip-off from some guests who had discovered it by accident and was amazed to see how booked up they were. I managed to book my four grandchildren in online and set off on an adventure!
The premise is simple – a large inflatable tube slide with long extensions, 2 sets of steps to climb up to the top, a stream of cold water flowing down both sides and a kitchen table in a field with car parking. Mmmm, minimal expenditure, maximum fun, profit and a hefty insurance bill methinks.
I must say that I found the organisation to be chaotic, I had to book myself in and pay even though I wasn’t sliding. The website asked for the children’s email addresses – what? They wouldn’t accept mine. There is no telephone contact and they don’t answer their emails…
Having said that I decided to turn up and was glad I did. The 2 teenagers in charge of the whole site (slightly concerned vibes from me) sat behind the kitchen table looked bored but checked us in and waved us in the general direction of the slide.
You get about an hour session and my grandchildren are aged 4-14 years old and they all absolutely adored it.
Top tips – get the children to wear wetsuits, an hour being doused with cold running water is a big ask without them. Take your own rubber ring or polystyrene board to go down on.
There were a few but the place was littered with punctured ones and those fortunate to grab a whole one weren’t sharing so my kids spent most of the time just throwing themselves off the top, getting a slide but not going so far until the other kids got bored or cold and abandoned theirs.
Having moaned about all the booking and admin issues, I must say that the children had an absolute ball and can’t wait to go again.
The booking page is showing availability until October half term so check it out, there is no mention anywhere of opening and closing dates.
They have a Facebook page
and are on Instagram @cornishslipandslide.
I’ve just discovered an even more impressive rival on the North coast at St Endellion with 4 lanes of sliding and much higher www.giantslipandslide.co.uk
They close at the end of September so will have to wait for next year – who knows, I might even have a go? – got to live up to my @Action_Nan
Enjoy a break in Cornwall
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