SWINGING on ropes, leaping across beams and scrambling over nets has been given a grown up twist – eight foot in the air in a Lytham warehouse.
Europe’s first indoor high-wire adventure centre Kaos throws opens its doors today, and it’s already been given the thumbs up from big kids of all ages.
The brainchild of Lytham couple Sarah and Rob Ansell, it’s taken their life-savings to bring their dream of a high-wire course for all the family to life.
Mrs Ansell said: “The kids love it – and the beauty of it is even if they are not sure they can just do one or two parts.
“The interaction is the key, normal ropes courses don’t have any interaction because they’re linear, but on here people are laughing and joking as they pass each other.”
Obstacles at the Lytham Trade Park centre, off Preston Road, range from scramble nets to a rolling balancing pole, wobbling tightrope, a climbing wall and rope bridges.
Participants – who can range in age from six to 60-plus – are strapped into a full-body harness and clipped onto the system, which allows people to tackle the obstacles in any order.
Mrs Ansdell added: “We’re going to have a golden afternoon for older people and I’ve already had a phone call from a woman in her 70’s who wants to come down.
“I’m excited and nervous it’s up and running.”
Lytham Coun Ken Hopwood was one of the first to head up onto the course and said: “I think it’s a wonderful addition to the attractions in Lytham, it’s something all the family can enjoy and take part in.
“It’s unusual and not only a first for Lytham but a first for Europe.”
And Coun Hopwood’s wife, Verline, added: “It’s excellent – people over 60 think they should be sat on the settee but it’s not true.”