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The Little Welly – family festival fun with obstacle course

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Looking for something a little bit different to do this spring/summer? The organisers of the Little Welly have been telling me all about their events which sound great for helping the kids burn off a bit of that post-winter-hibernation energy, while being a fun family day out too.

Little Welly is a family festival aimed at connecting people back to nature, and what makes it unique is the 3km kid and parent friendly obstacle race at its heart. There are four dates/locations for 2018 and first one is on the Wintershall Estate in Surrey, 12-13 May 2018, followed by Henley-on-Thames on 9-10 June. So not too far for Londoners who want to blow off a few of the cobwebs by heading out into leafier climes.

The Little Welly


I can say hand on heart that as I’ve been writing this post, and looking at the website, I’ve been feeling excited about this event, and it’s offset a bit of the grey gloom that I’ve been feeling for the last few weeks of this interminable winter. (Loved the snow though!)


3km kiddie obstacle race

The big attraction at Little Welly is the huge 3km obstacle course for kids four and over through ancient woodland and the estate grounds, with a medal at the end.

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If your children are anything like my son, they go giddy with joy at climbing, clambering, swinging, sliding, crawling. Especially if they can get muddy at the same time. (And I love my son getting filthy – I think my job as a mother hasn’t been done right if he doesn’t end the day in dirty clothes!)

And yes – the organisers say that parents and carers can take part too! Hurrah!

foam at Little Welly

Let’s face it – how many times have you seen your child clambering in the playground and wanted to join in, or wanted to run round the soft play centre with them?

Finally, us parents get a chance to get muddy too!

(I’m going on the assumption that as the course is for four year olds and up I will actually be able to complete it. I grew up watching the Krypton Factor, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have got past the first climbing wall! Or made it through the auditions for ‘Gladiator’. Or any other physical challenge 80s programme – also conscious I’m showing my age here!)

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There are 30 obstacles on the course and Little Welly promises that your kids (and you if you want to!) will be “scaling the towering heights of The Web Frame, conquering the looming Dark Crawl, splashing through the Mud & Water Pits, braving the new Spider Tunnel, fearlessly facing the Three Hump Dragon, giving it all for the Wall, bouncing around in the Foam Pit and balancing on the Long Pole…” and more!

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(This will not be a day to forget your morning coffee!)

 The Little Welly

Festival village fun – music, food and helter skelter

So when you’ve finished crawling, climbing, scaling and sliding, you can kick back and enjoy the rest of the festival.

There’s a stage with live music, food stalls and lots of other (paid) activities like zorbing, pony rides, laser tag, a climbing wall, den building and the thing that our son can never resist whenever we see one – the helter skelter.

The Little Welly

Surrey Wildlife Trust – 30 days wild

As I’m passionate about old fashioned activities that connect children back to nature, I think it’s a great accolade that Surrey Wildlife Trust have put their support to the event, using it as a way to kickstart their 30 Days Wild campaign.

They’re putting on Mini-beasts Hunts, Leaf Bashing (making Art by bashing leaves), cooking Marshmallows over camp fires, getting muddy in The Mud Kitchen, Fire Lighting lessons and a quiz area for adults.

“Surrey Wildlife Trust believes that all children should be able to explore their wild side and The Little Welly ‘Goes Wild’ offers just such an opportunity,” says the Trust’s Sophie Coad. “Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Wintershall Estate, children will be able to get active, have fun & be more connected with nature.”

Sounds good to me!

The Little Welly

The info

Child Course & Festival Ticket £19.50 Adult Assist Course & Festival Ticket £9.50 Festival Only Ticket £6.50

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Free car admission

Wintershall Estate, Surry Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018

Henley-On-Thames, Oxon Saturday 9 June & Sunday 10 June 2018

County Showground, Herts Saturday 7 July & Sunday 8 July 2018

St Clere Estate, Kent Saturday 22 September & Sunday 23 September 2018

The Little Welly


Sponsored post in collaboration with The Little Welly – but I honestly believe this looks like a fab event. Words my own, photos copyright of The Little Welly.



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