Dalkeith Country Park's Labyrinth Challenge promises 'a real family day'
- David Pollock
- 1 May 2019
World's longest inflatable obstacle course arrives with plenty of activities for all ages
'Dalkeith Country Park is such a beautiful place to visit, so we're really trying to engage with as many families as possible,' says Nicola Campbell, the park's PR manager. Part of that engagement is the weekend-long arrival of Labyrinth Challenge, the world's longest inflatable obstacle course. 'We've got lots of activities going on around it,' she says, 'it'll be a real family day.'
The labyrinth sounds like a unique experience: think Crystal Maze blended with Total Wipeout. The main labyrinth is 1000-feet long, with themed zones (Jungle, Lava, Ocean and so on) and lots of bespoke challenges and obstacles. It's aimed at ages ten and over, adults included, although there is another 200-feet mini-labyrinth for kids aged five to nine.
Around the park, there will be activities accompanying the labyrinth, with a DJ and food stalls. A ticket also allows visitors into the Fort Douglas adventure playground and its Sky Maze. Bookable in hour slots, the course is set up so that groups can compete against each other; it's suitable for older families but also squads of friends, fancy-dress teambuilders and so on.
The park is part of the Buccleuch estate, so there are cycling and walking tracks to be enjoyed, too. 'There are lots of interactive areas in the labyrinth that you can run and slide and jump through,' explains Campbell of the main attraction. 'It's just a lot of fun, and it's not about who's fittest or quickest, it's just about enjoying yourself.'
Dalkeith Country Park, Sat 4 & Sun 5 May.