Bank Holiday Adventures with Piri Allergy

This spring & summer we are working with Piri Allergy to prove that life is just more fun when you get outdoors!  We spent a good chunk of our Easter holidays “Wild Living” in the Lake District with Ben McNutt from Woodsmoke which was so far out of our comfort zone we could barely see it any more, but honestly just the most amazing experience.  (If you missed this I will link in a series of posts and videos at the end so you can catch up!)

Continuing with the theme of “getting outdoors” we had a very busy Bank Holiday weekend trying out a range of different adventures and testing our limits.

Saturday – Smithills Open Farm, Bolton

Smithills Open Farm is one of our favourite places.  I first visited with the kids on a Butler / Burgess day out last spring and Dave took Amy back in the autumn when they were having a special day out together.

We're going on an adventure at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy

We're going on an adventure at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy

Amy particularly loves Smithills Open Farm because she’s basically obsessed with cows – she will happily stand and watched them be milked for the full milking session if you let her.  Previously she hasn’t been quite brave enough to touch or feed the cows but over the course of our visit last weekend she over came this and stroked some of the calves.  (She’s still not a massive fan of being licked by them but then who is?!)

Amy and the cows at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy

Stroking the calves at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy

Our visit also included that typically British summertime activity of a donkey ride along with feeding and holding a whole range of animals in Pet’s Corner.  Now I’ve mentioned before that I’m allergic to dogs (and cats but I would never go near enough to one for that to affect me because I can’t stand them!) but I genuinely don’t know how far my animal based allergies go – it’s a fairly safe bet that sitting feeding lambs, stroking donkeys and cuddling rabbits could all be things which would set off an allergic reaction be it aggravating my asthma or breaking out in hives.  Of course I have no desire to let my allergies stop either me or my family doing the things we love so a quick dose of Piriton before we set out for the day meant I didn’t have to worry about it.

Riding donkeys at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy
Stroking lambs at Smithills Open Farm with Piri Allergy

Sunday – City Cycling Tour 

Dave has been a fairly keen cyclist for a few years now but I’ve barely had my bum near a bike saddle in twenty five years.  I had a bike briefly in a my mid twenties but never really got on with it and it was soon banished to the garage.  Ben has been able to ride a bike for about a year now but he hadn’t been out on it since last summer so it was safe to say that we were all a little nervous about how a city cycling tour would pan out!  Dave spent a bit of time planning out a route but soon realised that it was a good 3 mile ride just to get from the bike shop to any of the planned cycle routes.

We're going on an adventure - Family cycling tour round Manchester with Piri Allergy

In the end we just set off and with the help of Google Maps managed to stick to cycle paths to get us from Salford out to Whalley Range at which point Amy had fallen asleep in the trailer and I  had started to panic that he was going to take us too far out so that Ben & I wouldn’t manage to get back!  We decided to head to nearby Fallowfield to show Ben where I had lived as a student and the infamous post box which Dave had leap-frogged the night we got together!  We did attempt to stop for some lunch however it would appear you can only eat in Fallowfield if you’re over 18 so we ended up with a bag of crisps each and hopped back on our bikes to ride back up into the city centre.  Ben was gaining in the confidence all the time and thankfully the cycle paths up through Rusholme are quite wide and mostly separated from main road as it’s a really busy road.  We stopped outside the old MMU Student Union on Oxford Road for a quick selfie as it was there that Dave and I met some sixteen years ago!

Colette & Dave outside the old MMU Student Union with Piri Allergy

We hit a bit of problem when we made it back to the city centre as we basically needed to get across the course of the Great Manchester Run . . . honestly you couldn’t make it up.  In the end we had to walk alongside our bikes following the route of the run through the crowds until we made it past the finish line and could cross over!  If I’m honest I was quite glad of the walk as my bum was really starting to suffer!  All in we cycled somewhere in the region of 1o miles.  The cycling itself was fine but I was definitely saddle sore and my hands hurt.  I enjoyed our family bike ride far more than I had expected but I would definitely avoid such busy roads in future as it was pretty nerve wracking and also meant that the ride was quite “stop -start” in places.

Monday – Go Ape, Delamere Forest 

Regular readers will know that Ben is something of a thrill seeker (he’s desperate to hit the magical 1m 40 to be able to go on all the biggest theme park rides)!  He has been keen to visit Go Ape for quite a while now so he was particularly excited about our trip to Delamere Forest on Bank Holiday Monday.

Exploring Delamere Forest with Piri Allergy

Of course a forest full of trees is not necessarily an attractive prospect if you suffer from hayfever.  Ben and I both dosed up on the appropriate Piri Allergy products to make sure that we wouldn’t have our adventure ruined by our allergies!

Safey equipment at Go Ape, Delamere Forest with Piri Allergy

Testing the equipment at Go Ape with Pri Allergy

Once we had put on our safety equipment and had a go on the practice course to make sure we knew how everything worked it was time to get on with it.  I must admit I was really impressed with just how confident Chloe was once she got up onto the course, she clearly trusted her equipment and just got on with it!  Amy was also very brave considering she hadn’t really wanted to do it in the first place!

Adventure kids at Go Ape

Excited faces at Go Ape, Delamere

The biggest challenge arose when we got to the end of the course and were faced with the zip wire.  Chloe broke down in tears and couldn’t bring herself to do it.  I think the fact that she was the first in the queue didn’t really help matters so to give her time to get to grips with it we swapped her round and Dave went down first followed by Amy!! Yes, three year old Amy.  She was clearly nervous but she just jumped off and did it.  Dave said she was smiling when she got to the bottom but she didn’t want to go back up again!  Obviously we didn’t push her as we were just so impressed with her for doing it in the first place.  Ben obviously just launched himself off with no fear, even pulling out a dab on the way down!  Once the others had had a go it was Chloe’s turn to try again.  I reminded her of the time she got to the top of the water slide at Splash Landings and refused to go down but then absolutely loved it once I’d made her get on.  With lots of help and coaxing from a fabulous member of Go Ape staff, she took the leap. . . . and guess what?  She loved it.  Of course she did.

Zip wire at Go Ape, Delamere Forest with Piri Allergy

Chloe feeling nervous about the zip wire

Chloe braving the zip wire at Go Ape

We're going on an adventure at Go Ape, Delamere Forest

Having conquered the first course, Amy decided to sit out and watch from the ground, Ben set off around the more challenging course on his own whilst I did the main course with Chloe again.

Amy waited for the big two on the ground at Go Ape

There’s quite a step up between the two courses and whilst Ben was able to manage it by himself, Chloe found it considerably more challenging so after having a go with Dave, she reverted back to the first course for her final turn.

Chloe conquers the more challenging course at Go Ape, Delamere Forest

Dabbing on the zip wire at Go Ape, Delamere Forest
All said and done Go Ape was a great success.  Ben came home and immediately told Mich that she must take Finn because he’d love it!  In all honesty, although Amy was tall enough I don’t really think she was old enough to properly enjoy the experience and I certainly wouldn’t’ take her again until she’s quite a bit bigger as one go round the course doesn’t really offer great value for money!  As it is I’ve booked a similar activity for them all this coming weekend but Amy will be doing a course that’s just a metre off the ground so I think it will be more along the lines of the practice trail which she was perfectly happy with!

Dave and I were both especially proud of the girls for overcoming their fears and giving it a go!

Team photo at Go Ape

Of course we’ve made a video of our adventures so you can get a real flavour of our Piri Allergy adventures there too!

We’ve now finished our Piri Allergy advetures and, later this month, I will be writing all about how we’ve benefited from getting outside this spring & summer.  Of course, in the meantime keep an eye on the Piri Hub, my instagram and youtube!

Getting outdoors with Piri Allergy this summer

* Wild Living with Piri Allergy at Woodsmoke

* Ecotherapy & Tree Climbing at Woodsmoke

* Rambling, Scrambling and Sinking Sand with Piri Allergy at Woodsmoke

*This post forms part of a paid collaboration with Piri Allergy* 



  1. June 10, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I remember doing something similar to Go Ape when I was about 7 and I LOVED it! It was so much fun!

  2. June 10, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time at the Smithills Open Farm in Bolton. I think the Go Ape looks amazing 🙂 x

  3. June 10, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time at the farm and at Go Ape! my 6 year old nanny charge went to a Go Ape party recently and loved it!

  4. June 10, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Man you look like you have had an amazing time. I get hayfever and allergies and it’s been so bad recently. I am trying to find something that will work for me so I will have to try the Piri range as i saw it is the pharmacy this week and was wondering if it would work for me as the one I’m using is not very effective.

  5. June 11, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Looks like you have been having a fun and busy time, we have a Go Ape near us but never been, it does seem to be a popular activity with children and adults x

  6. hannah
    June 11, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. The farm looks really fun

  7. June 11, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    wow what an amazing trip! My Mum seems to have developed really bad hayfever out of nowhere (she’s always had it but it’s got a lot worse) I’ll have to tell her about the range! ? xx

  8. June 12, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I suffer so badly from hayfever, I’m actually struggling to breathe as I write this. Sounds like you had a great Bank Holiday, and happy you managed it all without allergy struggles. I went to a place like Go Ape a few years back and I was just like Chloe, it can be really daunting at first

  9. June 12, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Wow! Such a fantastic trip! I would love to go bike riding, but bit nervous has I haven’t rid a bike in over twenty years too. I would love to go to Go Ape, looks so much fun.

  10. melissa major
    June 12, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    looks like a fantastic family friendly trips, the farm looks like a nice place to visit

  11. June 12, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Busy, busy and fun weekend. That picture of all 5 of you at the farm is divine, definitely one for a frame. Mich x

  12. chantelle hazelden
    June 13, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Looks like you all had loads of fun, I love Go Ape but I’ve not taken the kids yet #triedtested

  13. June 13, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Smithills Open Farm look amazing! I love all the adventures you guys have been on lately! I think we’re about a year shy from enjoying Go Ape to it’s fullest but it’s on the bucket list for next year. #TriedTested

  14. June 13, 2017 / 8:42 am

    What a busy few days you had. We have been to Smithills lots as it’s not far from us. The kids always have a great time!


  15. June 13, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Impressed with your 3 year old. My 6 year old bottled it at his brothers party (4 year old did it though!) #triedtested

  16. June 13, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Wow – it looks like you’ve had such a fantastic weekend! I wish I was brave enough for Go Ape – let alone a theme park rollercoaster.

    Also, cows have reallllly rough tongues don’t they! I remember that from being in India.

  17. June 13, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Oh my what a wonderful bank holiday set of adventures and a little allergy protection is perfect to help you make the most of all those lovely activities. #TriedTested

  18. June 13, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Crikey, what a busy weekend! Smithills Open Farm looks fab, I must take Ben sometime. I have to be careful where I go too, I have a hellish dust allergy so pet dander can set that off too. I always carry antihistamine just in case.

  19. June 13, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I suffered so badly at the weekend with hayfever at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. I definitely need something to enable be to enjoy the brief hours of good weather!

  20. June 13, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    That farm looks amazing!! It really looks like everyone had a great day #TriedTested

  21. Lisa (mumdadplus4)
    June 13, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Ever so slightly jealous as I want to go to Smithills Farm and also do Go ape at Dealmere. Go Ape is on the kids bucket list of things to do.

  22. June 13, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    You are very brave to do such a long bike ride near main roads! I haven’t been on a bike since I was a teenager and unless I was in a park or on private land I don’t think I will again! Looks like you had a fun packed bank holiday! #triedtested

  23. June 13, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Such a fun looking adventure. #triedtested

  24. June 13, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    What a busy bank holiday! Nothing better than getting out and spending time together as a family and making happy memories together #triedtested

  25. June 14, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Looks like an amazing action packed bank holiday! Glad that your allergies and hayfever didn’t stop you. We’re going to Go Ape at the weekend, can’t wait ? #TriedTested

  26. June 14, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Looks fantastic! I loved GoApe when I gave it a shot a few years back. Can’t wait to take my son 🙂

  27. June 14, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Go Ape looks amazing! I’m so impressed your 3 year old had a go. We did something similar while on holiday in Australia but this looks even better. I can’t wait to take my 5 year old! #TriedTested

  28. June 16, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Wow it looks like you all had a great time at the farm and at Go Ape! I’d love to take the boys to GoApe, but they haven’t wanted to yet. Looks fab xx

  29. June 21, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Wow looks like you had fun. Luckily none of ours suffer from allergies – not that we know of yet anyway! #TriedTested

  30. June 21, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I really have been envious of your experiences on this campaign. We have done GoApe and my boys loved it and a petting farm is a bit of a busman’s holiday for this family, but the camping and all that looked amazing

  31. June 22, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you and the Piri ethos: life is definitely much more fun when you get outdoors! This looks like such an adventure, I love the pics of you on bikes and the kids in the trailer – Rose would fall asleep too I think! x

  32. June 25, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos.

  33. Laura H
    June 26, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I have lots of allergies too, especially during the summer and when around animals. I should check these out!

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