Review of The Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC

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Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Sarah, husband and son Harrison (12)

What they say: Test your limits on some the world’s most incredible, mental and physical challenges.  Escape the ordinary and achieve something epic at The Bear Grylls Adventure.

What we say: “What a great facility; looks amazing, well built, realistic! The arrival and sign on process could be a little more dynamic and swifter to negotiate, queue’s can start to build up when staff stand and wait for customers to read disclaimers etc.

Basecamp is an interesting exhibit! Face Your Fears takes you through the Caves, tests your wits and resources to negotiate tiny spaces. Escape Room, this one was quite difficult to crack.

Eating bugs, yuck! Not for me, but the boys dug in! Some of the snake and spider cages were not fully stocked yet and more could be made of showing visitors the animals in these exhibits.

The Archery was fun and the instructor was really good. The session was quite short, but the instructor was engaging, encouraging and gave everyone a great introduction to having a go at Archery

The Assault course was great fun, Harrison was very proud of his 1st place for the quickest time!  Having the lit-up display scoreboard gives a bit of fun motivational rivalry to the event and again the instructors were really encouraging.

To get the most of your visit you really need to take part in at least 1 or 2 of the additional activities, Harrison and his Dad chose to do the Climbing.  This was an amazing incredibly well-run experience, quite difficult, you need to be totally up for this! The climbing area is built to mimic real life famous climbing mountains, such as El Capitain. The climbing instructor was brilliant, a professional climber who was going off to climb the North Face of the Iger, this gave you the feel of having a proper climbing lesson, rather than just having a go at an indoor climbing wall and felt good value for money. He gave a display of climbing a mountain one handed, the boys were very impressed.

After all the exercise, a sit down, something to eat and drink is most welcome!  The café is fun, themed and serves a pretty healthy menus, pastas, salads, water, fresh coffee etc. It has a real deli/coffee shop feel and is reasonably priced.  A welcome change from the usual event type overpriced not great quality burger, chips and fizzy drinks.

The photos taken for you during the visit are a nice memento, Harrison is especially proud of his photo of him and Bear Grylls hanging off the side of a mountain! Although more could be made of how this process works and how you can get the merchandise, Harrison missed out on getting his photo made into a Keyring.

All in all, a great alternative day out, but you have to love the whole outdoor extreme experience and be prepared to dig deep and push yourself mentally and physically, great for the adventurous teen!

A big thank you from the boys for a great day out!”

 

For more information and to book visit www.beargryllsadventure.com

  • This attraction is suitable for 11+ years
  • A guardian/parent must sign the safety waiver on behalf of an under 18
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult companions may participate or purchase a spectator ticket
  • Due to the nature of the activities, it is not safe for pregnant women to participate

 

We were given complimentary tickets to review The Bear Grylls Adventure – all comments and opinions are our own.

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