South West England Challenges You Britain!
South West England is encouraging Brits to get active and beat the winter blues, by getting involved in its exciting new initiative, “Challenge Me!” Individuals set a challenge for themselves or for someone else, and then proudly share their achievements on social networking sites.
On Monday 7th December at Watergate Bay, a group of apprentice chefs from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and instructors from the Extreme Academy challenged each other to swap roles for the day! Apprentice chefs were ordered out of the kitchen and onto the beach to complete a gruelling ‘coordination challenge’ to kite-buggy up the north Cornish coast. This was after the extreme sports instructors found themselves deep in new waters as they were challenged to cook a three-course meal to be judged by Fifteen’s Executive Chef.
Kirsty Cumming, Deputy Director of South West Tourism, said; “We’re encouraging people to challenge themselves or each other, to try something different. The south west offers so many exciting and challenging activities from coasteering to surfing, to cooking and cycling, and now is the perfect time to get motivated, get active, and to enjoy the south west!”
The South West England website, www.visitsouthwest.co.uk provides inspiration and ideas for activity breaks in the region. To participate in “Challenge Me!” visit the Challenge Me! South West England page on Facebook, or the blog at www.challengemesouthwest.wordpress.com, and follow the instructions. Prizes will be awarded at random for challenges that are photographed or filmed and meet the criteria.
It’s easy to get involved:
- Set your challenge – it could be an activity or sport you’ve never tried but always wanted to!
- Find a partner or a group if you want to challenge each other
- Take a photo or video of you and your ‘challengers’ partaking in the activity and post on the Challenge Me! Facebook page
- The Challenge Me! Team will message eligible entries for the chance to win prizes. (Details about prize draws will be posted on the Facebook page)
Photos or videos must show something that connects you to the south west. Eg you could be holding a south west county flag; a south west England town name is in the background; or your T-shirt shows the name of the activity centre where you are. It is up to you - be creative!
Challenges must be completed and posted before 31 March 2010.
The activity does not have to be death-defying! All you have to do is challenge yourself.
Stuck for Ideas? Visit www.visitsouthwest.co.uk where you will find a whole host of activities, but to get you started:
- The Rumble in the Jungle Adventure Golf at Cabot Circus, Bristol
- Abseiling and Caving with ‘Rocksport’ at Cheddar Caves & Gorge
- Gliding over lakes and countryside by Hovercraft at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall
- Snurfkling at the Animal Surf Academy in Cornwall – a course for children aged eight to 16 where they swim out on surfboards with face masks and explore what is on the sea bottom
- Ashburton Cookery School in Devon, which offers over 40 different cookery courses from dessert making to dinner parties
- Horseback riding across the welcoming wilderness of Salisbury Plain or the Marlborough Downs
- Cycling in Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean on the 11 mile Family Cycling Trail
- Fly fishing or coarse fishing at The Cotswold Water Park with over 130 lakes covering 40 square miles
- Birdwatching on the Isles of Scilly, the only place in England where the secretive storm petrel nests
- Zipwiring through trees, crawling through tunnels and tackling high wire rope bridges in Bournemouth at the Go Ape centre