Published on June 1st, 2018 | by Tony Mallett0
Get in the swing at Aventure Parc
Although it’s been up-and-down, the warmer weather has been noticeable of late, so that a good enough reason to get out of Brussels and explore some of the many great attractions Belgium has to offer, writes Martin Banks
One such place is Aventure Parc at Wavre, which is an outdoor adventure park just a short distance from the capital, but one where you can really let off steam.
It offers no-less-than 22 acrobatic courses, 220 games between the trees and 36 ziplines. Two new courses have been introduced this year and it all makes for a great day out for people of all ages.
In terms of visitor attractions it has proved a real success story.
Ever since 2004, the park has evolved, grown and innovated across the board, from safety and comfort to its newly remodelled reception/café.
All safety equipment is provided and, so as to avoid overcrowding, the park is only accessible to a limited number of participants at any one time.
Its sheer size – it is one of the biggest of its kind in Belgium – makes it possible for everyone to tear down ziplines and swing between trees in a large space without feeling crammed in.
Instructors are constantly on hand to help participants, provide advice and make any visit friendly. The supervisors have been specially trained in first aid, and various obstacle course and acrobatic techniques. They are approved by the French Adventure Park organisation, which is recognised in France by the Ministry for Youth and Sports.
Unlike a lot of attractions, there is no time limit. The entrance ticket allows you to remain on the site for the whole day if you wish.
The park has received a quality mark awarded by the Walloon Region and boasts a safety system – “first turning zipline” – that is one of a kind in Belgium.
In 2014, the “Jungle Jump” was introduced, which now compliments the “Forest Jump” and “Space Jump.” Look out too for the “Tyro Tour” and “Tyro Kids.”
The park also welcomes people of all nationalities, not just Belgians, and its 15-strong team is bilingual or even trilingual.
It is best to come prepared so a good tip is to wear comfortable clothes (sport shoes if it’s wet). Yes, the activities take place even in rainy weather but may be stopped in certain cases, for example, a storm. If an activity has to be stopped because of bad weather a new ticket is offered provided that a participant has not been there for 90 minutes. A good tip: if the weather seems threatening, contact the park beforehand to make sure it is open.
Every participant is given an outfit and obligatory safety gear (including a harness, lifelines, pulley and gloves) to go round the course.
After expending so much energy you may have built up an appetite and the good news is that you can have something to eat in the cafeteria (you can also bring your own picnic, but drinks must be bought in the park).
You don’t have to be super fit for all this: a normal physical shape is enough to be able to complete the courses. The more difficult levels are progressive and you can stop when you want.
The park is very easy to reach and is just 1km from Wavre’s train station and 20 minutes from Brussels. If travelling by car it is just 2 km from the E411 motorway (the road to Aventure Park is signposted from the motorway).
Visitors here usually spend about three hours on the course but, even if climbing, jumping and swinging is not your thing, you can still access the site and encourage the adventurers with a visitors’ entrance fee costing just €2.
So, with the better weather now finally with us, why not get out and discover one of Belgium’s best adventure parks? It is billed as “unlike any other” in the country and if you pay a visit it you’ll see why.
Tel: 010 22.33.87