After some recent sunny weather, we’re really looking forward to a fun packed summer of events here in East Lothian. One of our biggest events in 2017 will be the Foxlake Outdoor Festival which takes place at Foxlake Adventures on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May. Foxlake Adventures can be found 3 miles west of Dunbar in a beautiful, leafy setting just off the John Muir Way. It’s an outdoor adventure park with a difference, as not only is it Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park it’s also the UK’s only rope based assault course over water. What better venue for an outdoor festival?
Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017
This year’s festival is shaping up to be an amazing weekend, jam-packed full of things to see and do. There’ll be heart in mouth displays of free running, stunt biking and a pro wakeboarding competition. There will also be cooking demonstrations showcasing delicious local ingredients, stand-up comedy from popular comedians Des Clarke, Tom Stade, Jojo Sutherland and more, plus live music to suit all tastes from acts including, Take This, Status No, Little Fix and Beatles Revisited!Adrenaline junkies can enjoy an action movie experience by free falling 8 meters onto a stunt bag, then scaling a 7-meter-high climbing wall. Those with a competitive streak will love East Lothian’s very own Highland Games with a distinct Lowland twist. Think you have what it takes to be crowned the Wheat Sheaf Pitching or Hay Bale Rolling champion? Children will be well catered for too with the Kids Zone, an inflatable village where they can bungee, bounce, jump, sumo wrestle and spar with pugil sticks until their hearts are content! With fresh air and exercise comes a healthy appetite, so there will be lots of tasty food and drink (soft and alcoholic) on sale to keep the hunger pangs and thirst at bay. If you’d like to attend the festival, tickets are selling fast so snap yours up now before it’s too late.
An afternoon of adventure at Foxlake
As the Foxlake Outdoor Festival aims to encourage families to get active together outdoors, our blogging team from ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug’ paid Foxlake Adventures a visit to do just that. Our adventure guinea pigs (of mixed age and ability) had no previous experience of wakeboarding, or shimmying along narrow planks of wood over water. Luckily, they chose a perfect, sunny afternoon for their visit and the water looked almost inviting. Once everyone had been kitted out with wetsuits, buoyancy aids and safety helmets it was time for a wakeboard taster session. Two out of three participated (the grown-ups), and despite mixed success in the water, the sense of achievement felt at managing a few shaky meters upright was immense. Wakeboarding was given a huge, thumbs up. As Foxlake Adventures is a dog friendly park, the Wee White Dug was on hand to bark some encouragement from dry land. After an introduction to wakeboarding it was time to try FoxFall, a rope based assault course over water with four routes, of varying difficulty levels. One grown up (Mum) wimped out after a confidence crisis, but the other grown up and teen managed to carefully navigate the course without falling in. The grand finale of FoxFall is a thrilling zip-line into water which everyone tried and loved. Feeling brave, Mum even returned for a second go! Everyone left happy after a great family afternoon out, highlighting that mixed ages and abilities can participate in outdoor activities together and still have lots of fun. If you do visit Foxlake Adventures after reading this, then please don’t sit at the side-lines and watch the kids enjoying themselves. Don a wetsuit and join in, as we can 100% guarantee you’ll have a ball.