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South Cumbria treetop attraction in line for top award

Published on: Thursday 9th April 2015
Categorised under: Play , Lake District, Lifestyle

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY adventure park is top of the tree as it is out to grab a national tourism award.

Treetop Trek, near Windermere, has been nominated for Tourism Experience of the Year in this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Journalist Helen Perkins swung by for a previous edition of in-cumbria magazine to try out this award-winning experience...

ALLOWING your three-year-old to play a major role in the design of your business doesn’t sound like an immediate winner.

However, Mike Turner, who masterminded Treetop Trek at Brockhole, managed to do just that. And, while involving all three of his children in a business idea sounds like a recipe for disaster, the principle of designing a concept around the customer it seeks to impress is something that has helped make Mike’s tourist attraction a success.

The 40-year-old, of Arnside, started Treetop Trek in June 2012, to offer climbing experiences for families, situated among the foliage of the Lake District.

His rope course, with its 35 challenges, caters for families seeking a high-wire thrill. This year, he expanded his business to cater for an increasing age range – with kids as young as three now able to enjoy the 1,500 square metre Treetop Nets.

Mike’s latest net attraction, which looks a bit like a massive multi-level hamster course, was constructed with the help of fishermen from Brittany, who had designed a similar creation in France.

He said: “It took a year to convince them to come over and help us build one here, but it was worth it.”

The design, which is neon blue, red, black and green, is high maintenance and needs completely re-creating every five years – which the business has had to factor into its planning.

Mike added: “We wanted to offer something that the whole family could enjoy. Having young children – aged three, six and nine – helped us to design something we knew would be practical for kids of all ages. All of the adventures we have created here have been created with our own family in mind.

“We know families who come to the Lakes don’t want to be inside with the kids, and this is relatively weather proof, which we felt was important too.”

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