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Make Summer Memorable

Posted on July 6th, 2016

 

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Make Summer Memorable!

This Summer Aerial Extreme is offering a fantastic 20% off all online bookings from the 23/07/16 to the 04/0916. All you need to do to take advantage of this excellent offer is use code ‘SUMAE20’ when booking online today.

Term and Conditions

  1. Discount code is valid on bookings made between the 23/07/16 and 04/09/16
  2. Discount code will be set live and allow you to pre-book in advance on 11/07/16
  3. Discount code is valid on individual tickets
  4.  Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and will not reduce the price of a family ticket
  5. Subject to availability
  6. Aerial Extreme reserve the right to cancel or stop the offer at any time

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Half Term is Here!

Posted on May 24th, 2016

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It’s been a really busy half term here at Aerial Extreme, and we’re pretty sure it will have been for everyone else too!

The holidays are here!!

It’s time to relax, spend quality time with the kids and have some fun! With this in mind, we’ve brought back our 25% off for families this half term holiday – so why not get the kids out of the house and up on one of our courses?!

This offer is valid on our family tickets only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer; valid for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children when purchasing an Aerial Extreme family ticket online.

To take advantage of this great offer all you need to do is click here choose the course you’d like to visit, scroll down and select the family ticket that suits you (prices quoted are already inclusive of the 25% discount)

This offer is valid on bookings from the 24/05/2016 – 05/06/2016.

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Aerial Extreme Breaks New Ground

Posted on March 31st, 2016

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Aerial Extreme is excited to announce its latest innovative endeavour.

We, along with Projection Experts Ltd have developed the world’s first lowest high ropes course… with a twist.

The Concept
As one of the market leaders in outdoor activity we constantly challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative adventures to improve the customer experience, and this one is nothing short of brilliant! Our brand new Low Ropes courses are constructed parallel to the ground, not exceeding 10 inches in height and require you to traverse the obstacles in a horizontal position, but remember there’s a twist…

The Twist
We have developed a range of projection based technology that will be situated just below your feet, allowing you to experience dizzying heights without ever leaving the ground. All you need to do is look at your feet!

Are you scared of heights? Do you want to access a safe way to gradually overcome that fear? Or do you just want to see the world from a different point of view, Yes? Then this is the activity for you.

The courses have been in development since 2013, and are specifically engineered to integrate in with world famous destinations in a way that has never been seen before. From the Great Wall of China, to the Statue of Liberty you can see them all and from whatever height suits you best. 1ft, 10ft or even a 1000ft high; it’s entirely up to you.

Still not sure? See below to find out how it all works.

The Technology

We have teamed up with market leaders in projection solutions, Projection Experts LTD to bring you their cutting edge HD projection technology. They have also produced a range of monitors linked via wireless technology to the projections that enable the imagery to react in real time to your every movement.

Here is what their MD Jake Williams had to say ‘I have to be honest, when I was first approached with the idea I was a little apprehensive. I’m pleased to say that my apprehension was completely unfounded and I couldn’t be more pleased to be supporting Aerial Extreme as they lead the way with this amazing new concept’.

For the last 2 years our partners have been mapping locations all over the globe, using high end Aerospace Drone technology to acquire the angles needed for the project. In an exciting revelation a well-known world-mapping internet provider (to be unveiled at a later date) have recently agreed to support us, this will mean you can come to us and we can show you your house, your street or your area in a way you could only dream of.

The Safety

What safety could you possible need? You have to remember that the courses are designed to give you the full high ropes experience with the ultimate goal of actually jumping 50ft from one of our Power Fans. With this in mind we have spared no expense and cut no corners. Every single customer will be fitted with a Petzl Newton full body harness, they will be clipped on with a dynamic stitched lanyard and attached to a Speed Runner continuous belay system. This should provide you with the full adrenaline inducing high ropes experience.

Simon Mason, Aerial Extreme’s Operations Manager had this to say, ‘The brief was clear, the course needs to be exactly like our current courses only lower; this is exactly what I have done. No expense has been spared and our Low Ropes courses are fully compliant with the current EN standards, and best working practices from the European Ropes Course Guide. I’m incredibly pleased with how this project has progressed and cannot wait to see customers enjoying this new experience and watching people overcome their fears’

What’s in it For You?

  1. Overcome your fears
  2. See the world
  3. Increase Core Stability
  4. Have a great time!

When can you join the fun?

We are currently in our final stage of testing and plan to unleash the fun to the public on the 1st of May 2016. It is however available for pre-booking from today and can be accessed at all five of our current locations: Liverpool, Manchester, North Yorkshire, Milton Keynes and Staffordshire.

For more updates or to book, go to our website at www.aerialextreme.co.uk

 

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Easter Offer!!!

Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Aerial Eggstremly Generous Easter Offer!

This Easter Aerial Extreme is offering a fantastic 20% off all our online bookings from the 25/03/16 to the 17/04/16. All you need to do to take advantage of this excellent offer is use code ‘EGG20AE’ when booking online today.

Term and Conditions 

  1. Discount code is valid on bookings made between the 25/03/16 and 17/04/16
  2. Discount code will be set live and allow you to pre-book in advance on 21/03/16
  3. Discount code is valid on individual tickets
  4.  Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and will not reduce the price of a family ticket
  5. Subject to availability
  6. Aerial Extreme reserve the right to cancel or stop the offer at any time

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Felicity’s Five ways to Face your Fears

Posted on March 14th, 2016

We all know what it’s like to feel fear. Sweaty palms, increased heart rate and that feeling of pure panic. Whether you’re afraid of the dark, swimming in the sea, or most commonly, afraid of heights, all types of phobias can have a significant effect on our mental and physical capability. It can hold you back from your full potential, with many of us choosing to ignore our fears and never really fully admitting the significance of them.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela

So why face your fears I hear you cry?! Quite simply, because we want to help! Are you terrified of heights? Then you… yes… you. You with the cup of tea in your hand reading this blog, we are calling out to you! Acrophobia, the fear of heights, can be crippling, making many of you buckle at the thought of jumping around a high ropes course, or even throwing yourself off a zip wire… but we want to help. We want you to face your fears, but more importantly, we welcome you to come along and tackle your phobias head-on with us at Aerial Extreme with the help of our instructors. No matter what age you are, what experience you have; we really have seen it all, and are here to help! As someone who was nicknamed “bambi” when I first started working here, I wasn’t the happiest dangling up in the air, but I quickly realised that the more you open yourselves to your fears, the easier it becomes, and the less afraid you feel. That I can guarantee!

So for those of you who do want to give it a go, or at least take a step forward in the right direction to conquer you fears, here are a few Aerial Extreme tips and thoughts for those who truly are brave enough to take on the challenge:

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Embrace the Zen – Before you start, calm yourself, find that quiet place and just take a moment.

Simple Steps – When you think about it, it’s just one foot after the other. Take a deep breath and carry on taking those baby steps.

Fly like an Eagle Get used to the feeling of being up high. Take in your surroundings and enjoy the view of the course!
 
Nothing to Fear – What is it that you’re actually afraid of? Take a look at our safety system and the amount of people that visit us who come away happy and still healthy! You are in experienced and safe hands, so let that steady your nerves.

Liberation! – Finally…think about how you’re going to feel once you’ve completed each obstacle. It’s a step closer to battling your fears, and it’s a step close to overcoming those thoughts. The sense of achievement can be liberating. Most importantly, you can do it!

 So what are you waiting for…today is the day to face those fears!

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Felicity Elder 

Assistant Manager, Aerial Extreme,

The Trafford Centre

www.aerialextreme.co.uk

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Aerial Extreme Splatacular Easter Challenge.

Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Back by popular demand, our Eggstremly popular Easter egg event!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to take an egg, a raw egg, around the course with you. This year however we’ve made it even more hilariously difficult than last year. You will be faced with with 5 potentially very messy options. Choose one of these options (blind folded) and that will dictate how you carry your egg around the course.

If you and your egg survive intact then you get a chocolatey prize. Options range from the pretty difficult – in your pocket,  to the out right impossible – under your chin. No we aren’t yolking! Think you’ve got what it takes? Limited places are available so click here to book your place today. The event will be taking place on the 26th and 27th of March at all of our five UK locations: Milton Keynes, Manchester, Liverpool, North Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

#Eggstreme – will you crack under the pressure?

 

 

 

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What Type of Mum are You?

Posted on February 26th, 2016

Mother’s Day! They say it only comes around once a year, but if you’re a mum every day is Mother’s Day just with less presents and appreciation!

So about that one special day; that one measly, spectacular day a year that’s all about you… Mother’s Day. Surely this day is about you, your children and your other half recognising how amazing you actually are and taking a moment to show and appreciate that fact.

Whether you’re a mum, step-mum, Grandma or carer, it’s a day for you to do what makes you happy. Therefore, what you do depends completely upon the type of mum that you are. So the big question is, what type of Mum are you?

I’ve got a few suggestions below, perhaps you can think of some more:

  1. The do it my way mum
  2. The feel too young to be a mum, mum
  3. The feel too old to be a mum, mum
  4. The working mum
  5. The stay at home mum
  6. The obsessively clean and tidy mum
  7. The messy mum
  8. The sporty mum
  9. The watching my soaps mum
  10. The action adventure mum
  11. The scaredy-cat Mum

I’m positive the list could go on and on, however, irrespective of what type you are, I think Mother’s day should be about doing something great. Doing something that perhaps you haven’t done before and showing your children, your husband and even yourself how truly amazing you are.

So, what can you do? Sit at home with your feet up, eat chocolate and drink wine whilst watching Coronation Street and allowing everyone to tidy up after you for a change? Admittedly that sounds pretty great but, it’s not the impressive statement I’m suggesting you make.

8 years ago I decided to do exactly this and took my mum to the high ropes course where I was working at the time. My mum… is terrified of heights! Terrified! She did however agree to the adventure and it couldn’t have gone better.

She kicked and screamed, whooped and hollered, cried real tears and cried with laughter. It was quite the roller coaster of emotions but it achieved what I wanted to achieve, it was memorable. It’s still the Mother’s day we talk about to this day and is a memory we will share forever, well that and the video of her screaming 150 metres down a Zip Wire without taking a breath!

Steer clear of the ‘mumdane’, do something great this Mother’s Day, do something memorable.

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Sam McNally

Business Development Manager
Aerial Extreme
www.aerialextreme.co.uk

Taking extreme adventure to the masses and fun to a higher level, a truly memorable experience everytime.

 

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Is Aerial Extreme Safe?

Posted on February 25th, 2016

As an Operations Manager I often get asked one very simple question, is it safe? The short answer is yes! Otherwise we wouldn’t be open to the public however the reasons for our safety record are far from simple. In fact I would go as far to say they are complex and downright impressive. There is understandably always an element of perceived risk and is half the reason people visit us… for the adrenaline rush!

Let me give you a brief synopsis of some key parts of Aerial Extreme’s Safety Operating Procedures. Our staff training and equipment are both compliant with the highest in industry standards. Even before you arrive on site your safety is our number one priority. With internal daily, weekly, monthly and even external annual inspections on both structure and Personal Protective Equipment. We really do go above and beyond in this regard.

When you arrive at one of our courses you will be given half an hour of all the training and instruction that you need. Once you are securely attached onto the safety cable by an instructor, that’s it, you are safe! From this point on our friendly instructors are always just a shout away and poised ready to assist if you need them. They are also constantly dynamically checking your equipment to ensure it stays safe during the entirety of your experience.

We use something called a continuous belay system. This means that once you are clipped on there is no coming off (unless you want to). There is also no need to personally ‘cows tail’ your way around which eliminates the ever present risk of user error.

At the end of your adventure you will be met either by an instructor, descend an exciting zip line or plummet (in a controlled fashion) 50 ft from a Power Fan descender. Again all of these are operated by experienced instructors.

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Something I believe you can never do with safety is ‘assume’ that everyone knows what they are doing. I have this firmly in mind and regularly perform instructor spot checks and larger site operational inspections to categorically confirm everyone is operating safely.

I also never assume that are our systems and procedures are the best they can be. With this in mind I regularly challenge our Safety Operating Procedures looking for ways to improve in this ever evolving industry.

The Senior Management Team within Aerial Extreme, including myself, steadfastly regard safety as the top priority and at no time will we compromise that value! We would sooner close a site down and lose money than risk hurting a member of the public.

Here are some fun facts relating to the impressive strength of the equipment we use.

  1.  All our equipment is at least 25KN (Kilonewtons) strong, A.K.A 2500 Kgs!
  2. It would hold 1.5 million paperclips
  3. Or up to 3 ½ fully grown cows
  4. Even a fully grown giraffe like in the picture below

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Now that’s seriously strong! So, unless you weigh more than a fully grown Giraffe, you are good to go. I guess there is only one way to know for sure how safe we are, click here to book today and try it out for yourself.

Thanks

Simon

Simon Mason, Aerial Extreme Operations Manager

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A Mother’s Day to Remember

Posted on February 25th, 2016

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That special time of year is here once again. The time to treat the most important person in your life and show her how much she means to you.

So what can you do this year? Flowers? Breakfast in bed? Doing the washing up for change? BORING!

We say, why not make this Mother’s Day memorable? To do this you first need to decide what type of mum you really are, to find out read our latest Blog here.

Mums – have a go on one of our ropes courses and show your kids how awesome you really are!

Kids – film your mum jumping of the 50ft Power Fan and show the rest of your family how great she is!

Come and take advantage of our Mother’s Day offer – 30% off for the whole family which includes a certificate each as well.

All you need to do to book is click here, choose your location and don’t forget to enter code ‘EXTREMEMUM30’ at the checkout.

Flowers and chocolates: £10, a video of your mum screaming!… priceless #ExtremeMum #MummyMemories

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Feeling the Stress and Pressure of Your Leisure Time? 5 Tips to help you choose the right Activity.

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

Christmas has flown by once again. We blinked and missed another new year and now there are only 2 weeks until February half term. Where does the time go? I for one find it terrifying and constantly struggle to find that work-life balance. I struggle to make the most of what little time away from work I get. How do you spend your time?

The majority of us spend at least 70% of our time at work. 5 days a week, 8 hours a day,  only 2 days off a week and 20 days holiday a year. This equates to a significant portion of our lives. The numbers can be even further stacked against you if you work hourly or are self employed. The really sad part is we are so tired from working that the other 30% is spent in catatonic re-cooperation, readying ourselves for the week of work ahead!

So, what does this mean? For me it means I feel an intense pressure to make the most of my leisure time. To enjoy my precious days off as if they where my last. How? How do you choose what to do? There are an overwhelming number of options these days. From free adventures like walking to Segways and Rage Buggies, Indoor Sky Diving or Skiing, High Ropes Adventures, Water Sports Centres, Safari Parks, Zoo’s and general family friendly excursions. The options are endless, exciting and they all say they are the one for you and your family… it’s exhausting and confusing!

So, here are my top 5 considerations for when choosing my leisure time excursion:

1. Price.

I don’t know about you but I am not Bill Gates, I don’t have a net worth just shy of 80 billion dollars and eat gold for breakfast! I can barely afford to replace the net curtains my kid just ‘accidentally’ pulled off the wall and if I turn my pockets out all I find are toy cars, dust and left over Cheerios (yes that actually happened once). With this in mind, price pays a large part of deciding upon my adventurous destinations. Generally I have a rough budget in mind, I search based on this budget and tend to allow 30% on top for secondary spend. Any food, drinks, fuel or even some fun extra things that the kids may attempt to negotiate for.

2. Value for money

This is a more pressing concern for me. What will I get for my money, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, a full day? I want the ‘biggest bang for my buck’ so to speak. I always check what’s on sections and complete your day out pages of websites to see exactly what I get before parting with my hard earned cash. If a company I am about to visit has taken the time to broker reciprocal deals with neighbouring businesses that I can take advantage of, then it indicates to me that this company also cares about my experience. With this in mind, any company worth their salt will also have an access statement. Always check these for information regarding the facilities they provide so you can be fully prepared.

3. Location

There are a number of things I bear in mind when considering the location of a would be activity:

A. The cost of travel. Yes we’ve circled back to money again but the simply fact of the matter is that the further you go the more it will cost. Public transport is expensive and fuel costs even worse, so think about your budget before embarking on that 4 hour journey.

B. How far am I willing to travel and is the activity worth it? Personally I tend to think that a 1 hour drive time is a reasonable journey for most activities. I will travel further if I am confident that the activity is worth it, see point 5 on how to decide this. The general rule of thumb I tend to apply is not to travel for longer than the activity itself. If you travel for 3 hours to enjoy 30 minutes of activity your are likely to wind up disappointed.

C. How long can you stand your kids for!?! My daughter is only 5 months old and she hates the car with a burning passion, so my wife and I tend not to go too far a field when looking for something to do. You don’t want the children making you irate as a result of their relentless chitter-chatter before you even arrive.

4. Type of Activity

What is it you want to do? Is it suitable? Do you want an exciting, exhilarating experience or are you in the market for a really relaxing retreat? These are all questions you should ask yourself before making a final decision.

5. Quality of Service and Product.

For me this supersedes points 1 and 3. If the service and product are spectacular then I would happily save up the money to pay and travel that bit further as I am guaranteed to get the desired outcome from my leisure time. But how can we be sure it’s worth it? The most obvious way is if you have been there before. We are creatures of habit after all and a first hand positive experience has to be the most trust worthy account. This approach however is obviously very limiting and doesn’t allow us to experience the plethora of outings at our disposal.

I also like to ask friends and family for recommendations. You would be amazed at the variety of things they have done that you don’t know about. Or is that just me? I think I may need to talk to my family more often…

Arguably the most obvious option in our new technological age is social media. Open public forums such as Trip Advisor, Facebook and Twitter provide a wealth of reviews untouched by PR and marketing experts. Here you can gain the juicy gossip, from people who don’t pull their punches and shoot from the hip. I find Trip Advisor to be the most open, honest, trustworthy and comprehensive platform. People take time to really explain their experience in detail which can be invaluable to prospective customers such are ourselves.

I would caution you not to worry about the 1 or 2 negative reviews but concentrate on the quantity and quality of reviews. If an activity provider has had 30 reviews and 95% are excellent then it is likely you will have a good time. You also need to be mindful of review decline or improvement. A provider could have 80% good reviews and 20% bad but if the 20% are all the latest reviews then this could be cause for concern and vise versa. Research tends to suggest people leave many more negative reviews than positive ones. So if you see a lot of positive reviews then the service they received must have been pretty impressive (of course this can never be 100% guaranteed).

A few useful websites I tend to use when looking for things to do in my area are the main tourist websites such as, Visit Liverpool, Visit Manchester, Destination MK, Visit Stoke, Enjoy Staffordshire, Welcome to Yorkshire and so on.

On a slightly less impartial note, go to Aerial Extreme, I work there, it’s great! Plus families get 25% off this February half term… #ShamelessPlug. Good luck in your search for leisure time fun, I do hope you found this helpful.

Written by Sam McNally, Business Development Manager.

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