Treat Your Dad With FREE Entry This Fathers Day

Free entry for dad

It’s Fathers day this coming Sunday 15th June and to give dads a treat, we are offering FREE entry to all dads!

Dads Have A Great Day Out On Us!

We think the Crocky Trail makes the ideal day out for families and it’s not just kids that have a great time! Visitors of all ages love the Crocky Trail and treating your dad to a brilliant family fun day out is a great way to celebrate this Father’s Day.

We are open 10am until 5pm every day, including Fathers Day and if you need to find out exactly where we are, or need any additional admissions information, you can find it all here.

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer valid on Sunday 15th June 2013 only
  • 1 free dad for every 1 full paying guest. For example, If dad and grandpa both want free entry, then there would have to be 2 other full paying members in the party

 

Crocky Trail Hot Sunny Day Tips

Many of our visitors come to visit the Crocky Trail time and time again, but it might surprise you to learn that many of our visitors prefer to come when the weather is wet – rain means puddles and mud, which makes the trail even more fun for the kids, who just love getting mucky!

With summer fast approaching and the lovely recent warm weather we’ve had, we thought we’d put together a few tips to help you get the most out of visiting the Crocky Trail when the sun is shining and the temperatures soar.

Tips for keeping cool when its hot

Sun cream is a must

Even on cloudy, cooler days, UV levels can still be high which can still lead to burnt skin. It’s easy to get carried away, what with all the fun you can have here, so it’s important to remember to pop on sun cream when you arrive and to reapply it throughout the day. Most supermarkets do handy little pocket size sun creams, ideal for a day out. You don’t need to carry it around with you all day though, you can keep it in the car and just pop back to the car park when needed.

Wear a sun hat

Sun hats and caps are a great way of helping the kids to stay cool and keep the sun out of their eyes and off their faces, decreasing the chances of them burning in the sunshine.

Drink lots!

When kids (and grown ups!) are running around the trail, they will get thirsty. On a hot day, dehydration is even more likely as you sweat more, so make sure you bring along plenty of drinks. Even better, freeze some juice the night before and it will slowly thaw throughout the day, but will remain ice cold and so lovely and refreshing!

Take breaks

With so much to see and do, little ones can easily get worn out, so take time to make sure you have a few regular rest stops. Having a long leisurely picnic lunch is a great way of having a rest and if you use one of our covered picnic areas, you’ll have some shade from the sun, and a good chance to cool down too!

Say no to flip flops and sandals

Even if it’s red hot, flip flops are not the best idea for the Crocky Trail! Open sandals or light slip on shoes aren’t practical and will mean you’ll spend more time trying to keep them on than getting on with the fun. Even in summer a pair of grippy trainers, sturdy pumps or walking boots are highly recommended.

Dress in layers

A strappy vest top might be tempting, but it means shoulders, arms and chests will be more likely to burn. It’s a good idea to wear a loose fitting tshirt  or shirt as this will allow air to circulate whilst protecting you from burning.

We’ve got more great tips for planning your family fun day out at the Crocky Trail here.

 

 

Share Your Day With Us!

Here at The Crocky Trail, we always love getting your feedback and hearing about the fun that you’ve had.

We also love seeing your pictures, so next time you visit, be sure to Tweet, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram pictures of your day out. Use the hash tag #MyCrockyDay and we’ll re-tweet and share our favourites!

SHARE YOUR PICS WITH US!

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Half Term Competition – Win 2 FREE tickets

 

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WIN TWO family tickets to visit the Crock Trail at half term.

Each family ticket admits up to 6 people and is worth £66. We’ll be choosing TWO winners, and each winner will receive a family ticket for 6 people.

Entries

Visit our Facebook competition page to see share here: http://on.fb.me/I4ObnT

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • To qualify as a valid entry, all entrants must 1) Like the Crocky Trail Facebook page AND 2) Share the official competition post on Facebook
  • 2 winners will be randomly selected after the closing date and each will receive 1 family ticket that admits up to 6 people
  • Automated entries from competition bots and similar will be automatically disqualified
  • Closing date is 11:59am on Friday 14th February 2014
  • No cash alternatives will be provided
  • The Crocky Trail maintains the right to amend or withdraw this competition at any time
  • Winners will be selected after the closing date and will be notified shortly after on Facebook

Get Your Kids Outdoors & Active This Year!

Just like the adult population in the UK, our children are getting fatter. Part of the problem is that parents are reluctant to let kids go out to play, and kids are increasingly distracted by the vast quantity of passive entertainment they are able to consume, slumped in front of a screen. The long term benefits of an active lifestyle are widely documented and numerous, from better concentration and performance at school through to decreasing the chances of suffering from weight related illnesses. Making a pledge to yourself and your family to be more active is one of the best things a parent can do for their offspring, and there is never a better time than now!

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I can clearly remember long summers as a child when i’d go and call for my friends and we’d go off on our bikes, roller boots or on foot, spending the entire day being active. Building dens, climbing trees, making rope swings, running around, exploring and generally being a healthy, active kid! I’d return home at lunch time for a sandwich and scoff it down as fast as I could, before whizzing straight back out again, and we’d stay out until it started to get dark. For modern children, that kind of scenario is unfortunately alien, and they are much more likely to spend even the most beautiful summers day, sat in front of the TV, computer or playing on video games.

The new year is a great time to make a commitment to getting the family outdoors and active!

We now live in a time when many children are unable to entertain themselves, seeking instead constant stimulation whilst remaining completely passive and inactive. Parents have played an integral role in re-defining childhood, with some too scared or paranoid to let their kids play outside of the home and many working long hours, leaving them with little time or energy to direct their children’s activities. I know myself that when my daughter was little, working full time with a very long commute on top meant that I had very little time in the week to do anything apart from slump in front of the TV, but I tried to make up for it at the weekend with long woodland walks.

Our children imitate and learn from what they see around them, and many of us, don’t set a great example!

Living an active lifestyle will bring you heaps of benefits, not only will you be fitter and healthier, but you get to spend quality time with the family too. Getting active as a family makes  a lot of sense, because if all of you are making changes at the same time, it makes it that little bit easier to stick to! Ideas to get your kids outdoorsFree download

Choosing outdoor activities is a great ideas, as doing so provides you with lots of different options, many of which are absolutely free! Going for a walk or a woodland ramble is a fun and easy way to get active and you’ll find that once you get into the routine a couple of weeks in, that it’s really not too difficult to be mindful and make better decisions that will help to increase the amount of exercise you and the family get.

Tips For A More Active Kids

  • Most children spend several hours in front of the TV or a computer screen every single day. Limit the amount of time both you and your kids are allowed to spend in front of a screen, instead, encourage them to do more active and fewer passive activities and make sure you lead by example by making sure you are not constantly connected and distracted.
  • Take the kids out for a woodland ramble, and stop them getting bored by giving them a list of things they need to collect, or spot as they walk. Make your own list or download and print our woodland walk spotters list here.
  • Go for a walk with the kids and let them take pictures or get them to collect leaves that they can use later on for craft purposes.
  • Try a range of different activities, from swimming, to kayaking, to mountain biking. Set yourself a goal of trying one new family activity a month and you’ll soon find something you love and want to stick with!
  • Set realistic goals. If your kids are real couch potatoes, don’t expect them to go from doing nothing to fitting in strenuous exercise daily. Start off with making a commitment to 1 afternoon a week and then move on from there. If you try to do too much too soon it can seem overwhelming and make failure more likely.
  • Go for a weekly visit to the town park, play on the swings, feed the ducks or let them kick a football around.
  • Instead of a family trip to the cinema choose an outdoor attraction to visit. It will probably work out cheaper and will definitely be much better for you all! There are lots of places all over the country to go to, from nature trails, to urban farms, to family adventure parks, so there’s no excuse to slump in front of yet another screen!
  • Pack a picnic, football and Frisbee and go for a walk. Once you find somewhere pretty, unpack the picnic and blow off some steam with a kick around or game of Frisbee. When it’s fun and absorbing, healthy activities are much less of a drag and make exercise easy.
  • Have your kids ever fancied dancing, gymnastics, Karate or swimming? Find out what classes are run in your local area, you’ll find everything from martial arts to yoga for kids, and give your kids some options and let them choose a new activity to try out.
  • Encourage kids to go out to play and to call for friends. Most have mobile phones these days, so the chances of anything ‘bad’ happening to them is actually lower than you might think.
  • Make a den! Your kids could opt to make a shelter in the forest, a den in the garden or even inside the house, it really doesn’t matter where, but getting them up off the couch is what counts.

So there you have it, lots of ideas for getting both the kids and the family as a whole up, outdoors and more active!

Children’s Birthday Parties In Chester

The Crocky Trail is the ideal place to hold a children’s Birthday party. Located close to Chester we’ve got plenty of space for your kids to let of steam and have fun!

Let’s face it, when it comes to party time kids are often giddy with excitement and bouncing off the walls! With so much enthusiasm and energy bubbling away, you’ll find that a party at the Crocky Trail is an excellent way letting them use up some of that energy.

Looking For A Children’s Party Venue in Chester?

Our parties are ideal for adventure loving and outdoorsy children and one thing is for certain, all of your guests will enjoy an unforgettable day!

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We offer group discounts for groups of 10 or more and you can even bring your own picnic lunch and party cake with you. If it’s dry and sunny there are plenty of lovely outdoor picnic areas for you to choose from, but if it’s not a perfect day weather wise, no need to worry, we’ve got plenty of shelters and indoor areas for you to enjoy your party lunch.

Party Game Ideas

  • Topsy Turvey prize – the slowest person to complete a challenge wins!
  • Tag Team – split the children up into small teams and have each child complete a challenge with a prize to the fastest team
  • Muddy Pants – Award the child who manages to get themselves the muddiest (or if you are taking them home afterwards, you might want to award the cleanest!)
  • Crocky Treasure Hunt – Set the children a task to count the number of crocodiles they see as they complete the trail
  • Who’s The Fastest – Who can climb to the top or whiz down the slide fastest?

Hassle Free Children’s Parties

If you’d like us to do it all for you, simply give us a call on Tel: 01244 336161 to discuss your requirements and we’ll put together your own custom party package. Depending on the age of your child and your guests, we can choose party games that will have them screaming, giggling and best of all, smiling their little heads off.

Get in touch with us here or find out more about our Kids Parties here.

Corporate Team Building Days in Cheshire

Spending a day in the Great British countryside is a great way to energise your employees. Time out of the office can have an energising effect and getting outside and having the chance to have some fun with colleagues is an excellent way of strengthening a team and helping employees to develop key skills.

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Here at the Crocky Trail we offer an invigorating environment in which to bring your employees together. We offer customised team building activities here in the heart of Cheshire in a stunning rural setting. Whether you are looking for structured exercises that will help you team to develop specific skills like improved problem solving or communication; or if you just want to give your employees a fun day out, then the Crocky Trail is the perfect environment.

If you are a business located in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington or any of the surrounding areas and you are looking for team building activities in Cheshire, contact us here at the Crocky Trail!

Why Corporate Team Building Makes Sense

If you can put a smile on your employees faces and facilitate them having fun, you’ll find there are a whole host of benefits to be had.

The Benefits of Team Building

  • Increase productivity
  • Helps with problem solving
  • Improve motivation
  • Overcome conflict within same/different departments
  • Drive creativity

One of the most common goals of corporate team building is to increase productivity and get individual team members working more efficiently together. Team building exercises are a great way of helping employees become more familiar with their colleagues, which in turn can lead to insights and shared common ground that might otherwise have been unapparent.

A team is made up of a group of people and to be productive the group must be cohesive, which essentially means there should be no conflict within the team and each individual member should be working towards achieving a common goal.

Group dynamics however can be complex with multiple underlying processes that will influence how effectively people work together. Tuckman’s theory of group development, published in 1965 identifies 5 distinct stages.

  • Storming
  • Forming
  • Norming
  • Performing
  • Adjourning

1 Group Storming

When a small group of individuals first come together it takes time for individual roles and personalities to become apparent. During this stage individuals will seek to relate to each other and share information about themselves either directly or through the projection of their personality. This is generally a tumultuous time but should progress forwards to the next forming stage.

2 Group Forming

The group of individual can now identify themselves and others as members of the same time. During this stage structure and hierarchy will be defined. This stage often causes conflict as members fight for their preferred position and attempt to prove themselves suited to a particular role. Team members may be defensive and resistant, clashing with others due to differences in things like personality and communication skills.

Negotiation is often helpful at this stage to ensure that all group members are relatively happy with their position in the group, perceived or otherwise.

3 Group Norming

The group is now established and can begin working together. Individual roles will be clarified and essentially all the foundations will now be put into place to allow the group to begin working together to achieve their goal(s).

4 Group Performing

This stage involves the group performing in order to meet their goals. The focus during this stage is upon performance and getting things done. Group members will often need to interact with each other in order to complete tasks and individuals at this stage should be working to support each other, rather than hinder the tasks progress.

Roles during this stage are generally highly function oriented, think of a well oiled machine operating with all the component parts working harmoniously together to move forwards.

5 Group Adjourning

This final stage involves completion of the task and the team members once again becoming individuals as the team is disbanded.

Clearly there are many elements of teams working together that could present potential problems that can hinder a groups ability to move forwards and operate effectively, damaging the groups cohesion.

If you are a Cheshire based business and feel that your employees would benefit from a team building day, get in touch with us, we can help.

Group Team Building For Increased Efficiency

Team building however doesn’t just help out employees that aren’t performing well together. Team building can help existing teams become even more efficient and can be a great way of bringing new people who are going to be working with each other together. By gaining a deeper understanding of team members, trust is fostered, helping the group formation process.

Corporate team building days offer a tried and tested way to bring individuals together and get them working together in a relaxed and fun way, free of the normal workplace rules, helping them feel more relaxed, less constrained and crucially, happier and as a result more productive.

Find out more about corporate team building days or get in touch with us here.

Christmas Competition – NOW CLOSED

 

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We’ve just closed our 2013 Christmas competition that saw us give away not one, but TWO family tickets to visit the Crock Trail. Visit us whenever you want to – we are open weekends and school holidays throughout the winter months, or wait until the warmer spring months, it’s completely up to you!

Each family ticket admits up to 6 people and is worth £66. We’ll be choosing TWO winners, and each winner will receive a family ticket for 6 people.

Entries Are Now Closed!

Visit our Facebook page to see our winner notification here: http://on.fb.me/I4ObnT

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • To qualify as a valid entry, all entrants must 1) Like the Crocky Trail Facebook page AND 2) Share the official competition post on Facebook
  • 2 winners will be randomly selected after the closing date and each will receive 1 family ticket that admits up to 6 people
  • Automated entries from competition bots and similar will be automatically disqualified
  • Closing date is 11:59am on Friday 13th December 2013
  • No cash alternatives will be provided
  • The Crocky Trail maintains the right to amend or withdraw this competition at any time
  • Winners will be selected after the closing date and will be notified shortly after on Facebook

Winter Opening Information 2013 – 2014

Despite the change in season, throughout Autumn and Winter we still get some lovely bright and sunny days, ideal for some outdoor fun with us here at the Crocky Trail!

Winter opening hours

To help you get outside and active during the cooler months, we are pleased to announce that the Crocky Trail is open every day  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. until 3rd November.

From Monday 4th November throughout the Autumn and Winter months the Crocky Trail is open weekends and during the school holidays only. If you are in any doubt, please give us a quick call and we can clarify things for you ahead of your visit to us.

During Autumn and Winter, you will of course need to wrap up warm! Walking boots and wellies are the order of the day and a warm fleece and waterproof layer will help to ensure you have a great adventure day out with us. For more information on what to wear, see our blog post Planning Your Family Fun Day Out.

Make Exceptions For Bad Weather!

Over the Winter months we still get some lovely bright days, however even at weekends the Crocky Trail may close due to adverse weather conditions, so please make sure you keep an eye on social media and/or our website for the latest information – or if you are at all unsure, give us a call.

For enquiries please call us on: 01244 336161

For full contact details and how to find us, click here.

Looking for Family Days out in Chester? Visit the Crocky Trail!

The Crocky Trail will give you and your family one of the best family days out in Chester that they’ll ever have! The trail itself is a mile long and along the way there are bridges, rope swings, stepping stones, slides and all sorts of fantastic attractions to divert your attention as you make progress along the trail.

An action packed family fun day out, whatever the weather!

One of the great things about the trail is that although it is an outdoor trail there is lots of fun to be had even when the weather isn’t perfect!  In fact, in a recent survey we ran on Facebook, most people said that they preferred visiting the Trail on a drizzly day rather than a bright sunny day.

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Looking for family days out in Cheshire? You got it!

If you’ve never visited before, think of it as an massive adventure playground, that the whole family can enjoy, packed full of attractions that are definitely adult sized! Guests, whether old or young, will find plenty to keep them entertained on their day out enjoying the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

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Why is the Crocky Trail so much fun? We think it’s because of the mud. I’ve yet to meet a child that doesn’t take an immense amount of pleasure in getting good and muddy and at the Crocky Trail your children will have muddy good fun! Of course traipsing mud into the car and wet bums on the way home is no fun for anyone, so make sure that before you come, you check out the guide that we’ve written on what to wear and how to get the most out of your day here at the Crocky Trail.

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The adventure day out in Chester that’s not just for the kids!

The Croocky Trail is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going, from teetering on narrow rope bridges to daring giant slides and rope swings across a stream, there are plenty of things for adults to do at the Crocky Trail too, so even if you don’t have kids, it still makes a great fun day out!

You can also bring your canine friends, but please ensure they are kept on a lead as you walk the trail and have fun on the various attractions and obstacles that you’ll meet along the way.

Take a look here for admission information or find out more about us here.