If you want to give your team a boost into 2016 then UK venue Lee Valley White Water Centre could be the place. The ex-Olympic venue is offering adventurous types a chance to be among the 100,000 people who have braved the rapids, as it opens its doors for another exciting season with a bonanza of price cuts for rafters in the month of March.
‘March Mayhem’, which starts on Friday 4 March, offers rafters a chance to have a go for just £35 each, reduced from the standard price of £50, for the first month of the season at the London 2012 venue in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.
Riding on the same waters where Team GB won gold and silver in the London 2012 canoe slalom event, visitors can try their paddling skills on the challenging 300m long Olympic course.
The special deal, offering a raft for up to nine people at just £315 between them (usually £450), provides the ultimate thrill of speeding down the 5.5m descent at the largest manmade white water centre in Europe. The price reduction applies every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday in March.
Paskell Blackwell, Lee Valley White Water Centre’s recently appointed General Manager said:
This special offer in March allows anyone who wants to enjoy the thrills and spills of white water rafting to have a go at descending the Olympic run at an early bird bargain price. While this rafting adventure is very popular with adrenalin fans and sports enthusiasts, this exciting and fun-filled experience is open to anyone of any age from 14 and upwards, who wants an extreme sporting challenge.
Lee Valley White Water Centre should be on everyone’s bucket list as a must visit attraction – a view backed by Visit England, which listed it in their 101 things to do before you go abroad.
Pas added that they had over 34,000 rafters just last year alone tackling the Olympic course – the highest since the centre opened.
No experience is necessary to enjoy white water rafting and all equipment is provided, including wetsuits, boots, helmets and buoyancy aids. Those taking part are accompanied by a raft guide who takes them through a safety briefing on the lake before tackling the rapids.
The centre also offers a host of other fun activities, including Family Rafting, which starts on 28 March. Groups of five can get together to surf the waves down the centre’s prestigious 160m Legacy Loop. The family experience is open to children aged 10 and upwards and youngsters can get their friends and family together and take on the rapids as a team with a raft charter package for just £100 for five people.
Other exciting white water activities available at the venue include Hydrospeeding, which is similar to bodyboarding but on fast flowing white water and Hot Dog sessions, two person inflatables providing a heart pumping introduction to kayaking on the rapids. Additionally, from Easter, the latest activity, Go Sup – stand up paddle boarding on the lake, which children as young as eight can try, starts again at the centre for its second season.
As part of a fun packed day, visitors can also enjoy relaxing with a drink or snack in the licensed café with views over the white water rapids, listen to live music and watch Britain’s new Olympic hopefuls preparing for the next Games in Rio.
And for those looking to mark a special event or occasion such as birthdays, stag and hen dos and parties, the venue is the ideal spot for a celebration. The centre is also available for corporate or team building events and for hire for functions such as wedding receptions.
Managed by Vibrant Partnerships on behalf of its owner Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the centre has attracted more than 600,000 visitors since its opening in April 2011.