This week I got to try out the brand new Aqua Parcs inflatable obstacle course that has found its new home on Willen Lake. I’m used to running around the lake cursing how big it is whilst trying to finish parkrun on a Saturday morning, so actually being able to get on to the lake and get a new perspective was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
In my attempt to say yes to more I jumped at the chance to go along to the launch of Aqua Parcs MK with Perception PR without overthinking it. My only concern was the hygiene factor of being in the lake, but after checking out the FAQ’s and learning on the day that the water had been tested that morning and was 0.02% away from the clarity of drinking water, my mind was put at rest. The thought of being concerned about fish didn’t cross my mind until my friends wimped out of being my plus 1 because of fish in the lake- I’m happy to confirm that I didn’t see or feel one fish- I think I was splashing around and making too much noise for them to come and say hi!
What is Aqua Parcs MK?
Aqua Parcs MK is the newest addition to the activities on Willen Lake. The inflatable obstacle course is 120m long with over 30 obstacles and even though I’d seen pictures I was surprised how big it was when I saw it taking pride of place on the lake. When I arrived the team were so welcoming and took care of me, signing me in, getting me a wetsuit- which I got on with a little help from the tips on a poster in the changing room- making sure I was safe in my life jacket and heading down the pontoon ready to jump in. The only thing I needed to do was show up with my swimsuit and make sure I could swim 25m unaided (to be able to swim over to the start of the course). I’ll admit it, I was a little nervous when I arrived (can you tell by the picture above?!) but the course is patrolled by life guards and as soon as I jumped in the nerves went and the laughter took over.
To get on to the course you need to swim 10m from the pontoon, with this glorious weather we’ve been having the water was surprisingly pleasant and contrary to my friends’ fears we weren’t bothered by the fishies at all. Climbing up on to the parc from the water was a little daunting but there are well placed handles all over the course to help you get back on when you’ve fallen in- which happened more than I expected but I actually really enjoyed being in the water! I got myself up on to the course and the real fun began, you can wear wet shoes but I faced it barefoot meaning it was more slippery but definitely more funny! There are 30 obstacles around the course from climbing walls, figure of 8 slides, ninja warrior jumps, monkey bars and my favourites: the swing and a chill out section in the middle where you can take a breather or try to jump over if you’re feeling brave. Each session on the course is an hour which is loads of time to get round and get back to your favourite obstacles again and I was pretty chuffed that my Fitbit recognised my time jumping, splashing & laughing on the lake as an aerobic activity, much more fun than sweating my way through a 5k around the lake on a Saturday morning.
How To Book
To have a go yourself you must be 8 years or older and be able to swim 25m unaided. Sessions start on the hour every hour between 12pm-6pm every day of the week and cost £20pp which includes your time on the parc and your wetsuit and buoyancy aid. In my opinion the parc lends itself amazingly to anyone looking for a laugh and something different to do this summer from couples, friends, family outings to hen and stag dos and even privately hiring the whole thing for a corporate day out or special occasion. There are so many obstacles that there’s something for everyone, and there’s a few I’ve got my eye on to conquer next time I visit.
Even though I was a bit nervous I’m so so pleased I said yes to the opportunity to try it out and push myself out of my comfort zone. I had so much fun, I hadn’t laughed like that in a while and am pretty proud of myself that I faced the obstacles and the lake head on. Even though I’ve grown up in MK and spent so much time at Willen Lake this was my first time on the lake and I’ll definitely be trying to persuade the girls to come back with me whilst Summer is still here. If you fancy jumping, running, sliding, swinging and splashing your way around Aqua Parcs MK I can thoroughly recommend it, you’ll have such a laugh and get a bit of a bonus workout! To find out more and book a session just head over to their website and the team will look after you from there.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to try out Aqua Parcs MK free of charge, all opinions in this review are my honest opinions. You know me babe. I can’t resist a Love Island reference.