An award-winning Shropshire leisure resort is expecting another surge in interest in activities at its adventure centre following the UK staycation boom last year.
The team of activity instructors at the multi-million pound Love2Stay resort in Shrewsbury have been honing their bushcraft skills in readiness for a busy year ahead.
Activities manager Cassie Miles and instructors Oli Wilde, Will Chatting and Ali Perkins have all achieved the Adventuremark Provider Accreditation, which applies to all adventure activities and to all age groups.
During bushcraft sessions at Love2Stay, participants learn a range of skills, from carving and survival to cooking. They can learn how to make a tent peg, shelter, a fire and popcorn and roast marshmallows without a match or firelighter.
For younger children, between the ages of two and four years old, there’s Saplings Woodland School which includes activities based around a mud kitchen area, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am.
Love2Stay is also investing in extra training for watersports and other activities to ensure that guests receive the best possible adventure experience,
For older children and adults, Love2Stay Adventure Centre has a diverse selection of activities, including swimming, kayaking, den building, fitness bootcamps, archery and paddleboarding.
For the more adventurous, there’s a purpose-built assault course challenge, which is a combination of specially built obstacles. Love2Stay instructors focus on functional fitness classes, obstacle training, kid classes and making fitness not only fun but effective.
The adventure centre is open to individuals, teams, families, schools, boot camp groups, corporate, hen and stag groups.
Love2Stay welcomed groups from around 40 schools and colleges to the adventure centre during 2021. The resort’s business development manager, Laura Wilde, is keen to attract even more schools and corporate groups this year.
Chemical free swimming in a natural bio pool is proving popular all year around. Swimmers of all ages ae enjoying cold water swimming in the pool throughout the winter, with up to 30 swimmers a day visiting.
Filtered through a reed water garden, the pool’s pure water is safe, soft and rejuvenating and there are hot tubs to warm up in afterwards.
Love2Stay also runs outdoor bootcamp sessions which comprise a range of drills, with a mixture of bodyweight exercises and use of the outdoor equipment. Taking fitness training back to basics, exercises include tyre flips, sledgehammers, rope slams and much more.
For those that prefer indoor workout sessions, the resort has a state-of-the-art techno gym with the latest equipment to build muscle, or burn off holiday acquired, extra few pounds.
There are even yoga classes with Cat Merrick who teaches vinyasa flow style which focuses on posture and breathing. Massage, reflexology or facial therapies are also available to aid de-stressing and relaxation.
“Love2Stay will be celebrating its fifth birthday this year and the resort has become a very popular leisure and adventure destination,” said Laura. “We are also attracting many more local families who come to enjoy the children’s play park.”
In addition to the adventure centre, the resort has 22 luxury lodges, a touring caravan park with 122 pitches, a café and pizzeria and a cinema on the 22-acre site which enjoys views across to Wales and the Shropshire Hills.
For more information about the packages available, visit https://www.love2stay.co.uk/activities/adventures/