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4 Things To Do In Stoke On Trent

If you’re planning a fun day out for you and your family, what could be better than looking for things to do in Stoke on Trent? You might not have considered Stoke as a place to whisk the family off to but there’s an awful lot to see and do here, so you certainly won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll want to come back again and again! Here are a few ideas for fun days out in Stoke.

World of Wedgwood

Come here to see some of the very best examples of incredible British craftmanship. The Wedgwood collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the whole world, spanning more than 250 years of ceramic production. Not to be missed!

Trentham Monkey Forest

Big and little kids alike will have an absolute blast here. This is actually the only place in the UK where you can walk around with 140 Barbary macaques here, there and everywhere. The woodland is beautiful and the monkeys roam free so you’re sure to see some hilarious sights.

Rudyard Lake

For some of the finest scenery in the Staffordshire Moorlands, you’ve got to visit Rudyard Lake. It covers an impressive 168 acres, is more than 2.5 miles long and actually started off life as a reservoir back in 1797. It’s also where Rudyard Kipling’s parents first met – hence the name!

Foxfield Railway

In need of an idea for a family afternoon out? Hop on board a historic steam engine and go on a five-mile round trip through some of the best countryside in Staffordrshire.

The Benefits Of Rock Climbing.

The Benefits Of Rock Climbing.


There are a whole lot of benefits to rock climbing as a hobby.  It’s such a fun thing to do, and learning about the health benefits, as well as the psychological and emotional ones too, you’ll want to start doing it too.

Rock climbing can be described as any situation where you’re ‘climbing’ up a rock. It could be at a climbing gym, a mountain side or a natural rock climbing location, or a ‘bouldering’ spot which is rock climbing, only it’s done sideways as opposed to climbing up. (It’s more focused on low to the ground movements). Anyway, let’s move on.

Some benefits of rock climbing

There are many benefits of this sport, but they’re not all physical. Some of the perks are actually emotional and psychological. I’ll explain them all so you can get a better understanding of why rock climbing is so good for you.

Physical benefits of rock climbing

Rock climbing is a difficult sport.

You’re required to use your strength to cling to the wall and often times you are holding most of your muscles in a static hold, constantly tensed. You should aim to be as relaxed as possible to get better at climbing, but sometimes you can’t and it’s very hard work. This is a good thing.

Here are some notable physical benefits of climbing:

  1. Stronger arms.Your arms will become stronger the more you climb, this is because your arms are used to traverse the climbing wall or face. Your grip strength will increase dramatically after just a few weeks of climbing.
  2. Stronger Shoulders.Of course your shoulders are part of your arms, but the strength you’ll gain in your shoulders is important. You’ll develop nice toned shoulders, as this muscle group is used to keep you stable on the wall.
  3. More powerful Thigh muscles.Your legs will become more toned, although this isn’t one of the main muscles that will become stronger. Your legs are used to push you up fro leg holds and further up the wall, but it’s not a ‘very strenuous’ workout for them.
  4. Stronger Back and neck.Your neck will develop stronger muscle groups around it because you’re always looking around you and up and down as you climb. The nature of the sport also means your back gets  nice workout too!
  5. I had to mention this one, because I love this muscle! Forearms, specially on a man look great when they’re toned, and your strength here will increase a LOT.
  6. Improved Cardio.Because it’s a low impact cardio exercise, your breathing and heart rate will improve as well as your stamina etc..

And every other muscle group (pretty much).

It’s a full body workout and can improve your strength, endurance and speed in most muscle groups on your body. The nature of the exercise forces you to use your entire body to climb the wall, not just your upper body. Many people think it’s just about having strength in your arms, but it’s not.

You don’t usually see a monkey climb with arms bent as if it’s doing a pullup, do you? They have straight arms because they know the most efficient way to climb is with straight arms and by using their whole body. they use momentum, legs and their core muscles to swing and propel themselves higher.

Oh, there are more benefits by the way..

Psychological/emotional benefits of rock climbing

Climbing is a full body workout, meaning your head as well.

It doesn’t just keep your muscles fit, but it also stimulates and improves your cognitive ability, problem solving, confidence etc. Let’s look at the mental benefits of rock climbing.

  1. Better goal setting.To climb rocks you must set goals and move towards them. We’ve already talked about why that’s important in life.
  2. You’re more aware of yourself.It requires you to be more aware of the space around you, and how you’re moving your body through it.
  3. It can relieve stress.When you’re climbing, nothing else matters. It’s much the same effect that skydiving has on you, because you’re so focused on the moment and what you’re doing right now, you don’t have time to worry about things like work or bills. It’s an antistress device!
  4. More confidence.If you can climb up a mountain, you can do anything. Things that seemed like a big deal before, (public speaking, confrontation, job interviews) now don’t seem hardly as daunting.
  5. Better perseverance.When you’re climbing you always want to get to the top, and you’ll keep trying to get there. That’s what makes it such a good sport because it teaches you life skills as well as giving you a workout.

There are a whole lot more benefits to rock climbing, but I’m just covering a few here. It’s sort of an introduction to the sport if you didn’t know about the benefits, and I’ll probably do a few more posts about the sport when I get back into it in the coming weeks. Oh, I almost forgot.

This is probably my favourite part about rock climbing (Apart from getting thick, strong forearms!)..

The very important reason! – It’s YOU vs YOURSELF

Just like in other areas of life, often it’s just you vs yourself. You’re the one who normally holds you back in most things, and learning that through rock climbing will show you that in other aspects of life, you can often remove limitations by just stepping outside of them.

The point is, rock climbing is about you challenging and pushing yourself, so it makes you stop thinking about competing and getting approval for others (Unless of course, you’re actually competing in a rock climbing competition!).

It pushes you and makes you want to achieve more, and that’s a skill that’s useful not only on the climbing wall, but in every aspect of your life.

Try it this Summer!


Summer at Audley Climbing Centre – Audley


Why not try our Summer climbing at Audley (ages 4-14)

Why do kids love climbing so much and why is climbing so good for children?

Climbing is an all round sport, activity and form of exercise which uses every muscle in the body, and many, many parts of the brain! Climbing is awesome for children and kids love climbing, so you won’t have to drag them away from their computer game to get them to the Audley Climbing Centre. Our climbing walls have all the thrills they need! If your child has not yet managed to engage with sport or exercise in general then it is likely that climbing will be the key, so keep reading!

If you have been worried that your child spends a little too much time with eyes glued to a screen, be it a smart phone, computer, tablet or the TV, then you’re going to want to try climbing.

When you face a climbing wall, all outside influences wash away and leave your head clear and ready for the task at hand. Climbing a wall requires focus and concentration.  Children learn very fast that if they must pay attention if they want to progress. They also see very early on that belaying (managing the rope for the climber) is of paramount importance and they are responsible for someone else’s life (fret not, all ropes in instructed sessions are also held by an instructor). While the goals we set ourselves in climbing are very personal, we must work together as a team to ensure we are 100% safe. The bond created between climbers introduces great teamwork and trust from a very young age.

Climbing a wall teaches children great hand, feet and eye coordination. They must look, plan and then move their hands and feet to the chosen spot. This awareness can then be transferred to all other aspects of life and to other sports. It is also a great way to reinforce the understanding of left and right!

Every route on the climbing wall is a puzzle that needs working out. Problem solving requires patience, planning and analysis in order to successfully crack the code. Many new, beginner climbers, tend to approach each problem as they climb the route but as they progress, climbers learn to visualise the route they will take, what hand and foot will be placed where and work out the roughest part of the climb (the crux) before they set out.

When children can set their own goals and then continually keep pushing themselves out of their comfort zone to achieve them – it creates great self esteem. The height can be a limiting factor for some children, but working together, building trust and confidence step by step, will help overcome fears. Once your children have overcome some of these fears they will be mentally strong and able to handle what comes their way in other aspects of their lives. It can take children a long time to find their ‘thing’/ something which they can really shine at. Climbing, with its endless challenges and possibilities, allows kids to set and achieve goals every time they come to the climbing wall.

Climbing is so much fun that children and adults do not even realise that it is exercise! With so much focus and concentration on achieving the goals they set themselves will allow them to forget any concerns they have about their body. With time, the sport builds body confidence, self awareness in addition to physical strength.

These incredible outcomes and benefits of climbing speak for themselves, but if you need a little more convincing, read on to find out what other people have to say…

The amount of goals you can set yourself is limitless. Setting individual goals and meeting them gives you a great sense of achievement, which in turn can help build everyday self-confidence.’ NHS 

Climbing requires a lot of problem solving, mental concentration and focus, so it helps sharpen your brain. A lot of people like it as it allows you to escape everyday worries and just focus on the climb.  It also can give a great sense of achievement.’ The British Mountaineering Council

Kids acquire all kinds of positive skills. Because climbing requires a combination of creative thinking and physical output, less athletic kids often shine, surprising even themselves. Kids also learn problem solving. Climbing is a puzzle to unlock, sometimes requiring the ability to back off, look at the route anew, and start again.’‘ Portland Family 

Our Summer of fun runs July-September

Summer at Underbank Activity Centre – Yorkshire.

Between woodland and the magical Peak District, find yourself in just a small piece of heaven when you visit Underbank Activity Centre. We take you on lifetime experiences in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Our Summer events are available for ages 7-16 and run from July – September 2017 offering…

  • Raft Building & Orienteering,
  • Watersports Challenge Day,
  • Canoeing & Catapults/Rockets,
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding & Climbing,
  • Land-Based Challenge Day,
  • Climbing & Archery, Canoeing & Bushcraft,
  • Kayaking & High Ropes,
  • Land-Based Challenge Day,
  • Bushcraft  and loads more…

Call us on 01782 722226  or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UnderbankAC/

 £25 per person, per day

 FREE Breakfast Club

 Packed Lunch for only £3 extra! Choice of ham/cheese sandwich, crisps, fruit, drink and chocolate per person

Here’s what your day will look like:

Breakfast Club: 8.30am

Drop Off: 8.30am-9am

Activities: 9am-3pm

Pick Up: 3pm-3.30pm

Optional Late Stay Available (up to 5.30pm): +£5.50


5 days for the price of 4 when you book a whole week!

Underbank Activity Centre, Underbank Reservoir, Oaks Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 4GH

Easter at Astbury Water Sports Centre

Are your children aged 7-16? Take a look at our Easter Activities coming to Astbury Water Sports Centre soon!

We can’t wait to get your children involved in all the exciting activities we have planned.

Monday 3rd April: Watersports Challenge Day
Tuesday 4th April: Canoeing & Catapults/Rockets
Wednesday 5th April: Navigation & Hot Chocolate
Thursday 6th April: Land-Based Challenge Day
Friday 7th April: Team Challenges & Rafted Canoes

Monday 10th April: Bushcraft & Canoeing
Tuesday 11th April: Water Sports Challenge Day
Wednesday 12th April: Canoeing & Catapults/Rockets
Thursday 13th April: Navigation & Hot Chocolate
Friday 14th April: Land-Based Challenge Day

For only £25 per day, call 01782722226 to book now!
Book a 5 day week for the price of just 4!

FREE Breakfast Club from 8.30am-9am
Drop Off: 8.30am-9am
Activities: 9am-3pm
Pick Up: 3pm-3.30pm

*Packed Lunches and Optional Late Stays are available on request*
Advanced booking and payment is essential!

Simply call 01782722226 to book now!
Find Us At: Astbury Water Sports Centre, Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4HL

Easter at Underbank Activity Centre

Our Easter activities at Underbank are now live to book!

If your children are aged 7-16 why not give them an Easter they won’t forget!

Here is our Easter Timetable:
Monday 10th April-Watersports Challenge Day
Tuesday 11th April-Canoeing & Catapults/Rockets
Wednesday 12th April-Land-Based Challenge Day
Thursday 13th April-Climbing & Archery
Friday 14th April-Canoeing & Bushcraft

Monday 17th April-Orienteering & High Ropes
Tuesday 18th April-Watersports Challenge Day
Wednesday 19th April-Canoeing & Catapults/Rockets
Thursday 20th April-Land-Based Challenge Day
Friday 21st April-Climbing & Archery

For only £25 call 01782722226 to book now!
Book a 5 day week for the price of just 4!

FREE Breakfast Club from 8.30am-9am
Drop Off: 8.30am-9am
Activities: 9am-3pm
Pick Up: 3pm-3.30pm

*Packed Lunches and Optional Late Stays are available on request*

Advanced booking and payment is essential!
Simply call 01782722226 to book now!

Find Us At: Underbank Activity Centre, Underbank Reservoir, Oaks Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 4GH