Bring on the Mayhem. . .

Bring on the Mayhem. . .

In part three of my series of blogs about Adventure Sports Warwick, I review Mud and Mayhem.

MUD and Mayhem. It delivers what it promises. . . unless there’s a lack of rain of course, as was our experience.

So, while it was more mayhem than mud, this that was absolutely fine. After the recent rainy season, we were not about to complain about the welcome dry spell.

This fast and furious fun-fuelled package offers a triple adventure at Warwick’s very own outdoor activity centre when you are let loose on three of their most popular driving challenges –  in our case Rally Kart Driving, Quad Bikes and Hovercrafting.

The opportunity to get behind the controls of three very different – but equally challenging – vehicles, was too good to pass up – especially for the petrol heads in my family. It’s a great chance to get those competitive juices flowing too as they took their turns taking charge of each machine.

Rally karting, Mud and Mayhem, Adventure Sports Warwick
Daniel and Jon Chalmers with the rally kart.

Although I think it was more a case of the machine taking charge of the driver for Daniel’s first ‘spin’ around the Rally Karting track when he ended up beached on the tyre wall! A few minutes later and following a rescue tow from a 4×4, he was back on track.

These powerful two-seater karts are not for the faint-hearted with 930cc engines that provide serious acceleration. But, as we quickly learned, it’s not just about speed and those that patiently perfect their technique will be rewarded with some satisfying drifting manoeuvres on the bends to add to the exhilaration.

Talking of technique, it was then time to move on to the second challenge where they were invited to fly by the seat of their pants! Manoeuvring a single-seater hovercraft around a grass track is just as much fun as it sounds – but also a lot harder.

Adventure Sport Warwick, Mud and Mayhem, Hovercrafting

You’ll need a relatively decent level of fitness as well if you are going to avoid the aches and pains the next day. (My husband still maintains it was totally worth every twinge!) But, if you’re attentive to the instruction beforehand and throw yourself into it (quite literally) you’ll soon be gliding around with (relative) ease.

It’s a surreal sensation and a driving challenge unlike most others at the site, which is why it should definitely be a firm feature on your chosen Mud and Mayhem list. Big smiles all round said it all.

Quad bikes then beckoned and, following brief but detailed instructions and safety tips, they took to a very twisty 400 yard off-road circuit with cautious confidence. The undulating terrain, tight corners, slopes and slalom poles pitted both driver and machine to the ultimate driving test but they both relaxed into it very quickly and were soon in full control of the Honda Fourtrak 250cc quads.

The final combination of activities is decided by the Adventure Sports team to reflect the weather conditions or group size on the day but participants can express preferences in advance. Other activities might include:

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Daniel on the quad biking circuit

4×4 Off Road Driving – Each guest is given expert tuition on how to drive and control an off-road-prepared Land Rover around a challenging course that incorporates steep hills, gravity-defying inclines and LOTS of mud!

Argo Cat 6×6 – Drivers of these six-wheel amphibious all-terrain vehicles are guided through a challenging course of woodland, hills, mud and water.

Reverse Steer Driving – You’re asked to drive a converted Kubota RTV through coloured flags but with a few challenges thrown in. Turn the steering wheel one way and vehicle goes the other. Then throw in a blindfold and the results are hilarious. – A particularly good one for spectators!

Powerturn Mayhem Vehicle – This twin-seater kart is powered by two engines – and driven by two drivers at a time. The drivers must co-operate to get round the track.

Whatever you end up doing, you’ll come away feeling wholly satisfied (if a little fatigued) with your experience. It’s lots of fun.

For further details on Mud and Mayhem as well as 50 other outdoor adventure activities can be found here


All participants must be aged 16 or over and a driving licence is not required.

Maximum weight is 18 stone and maximum height for the rally karting is six foot five inches due to difficulty getting into the roll cage.

Mud and Mayhem is particularly good for Stag and Hen Parties as well as corporate groups.

In rainy season, quads, Argo Cat and 4×4 are particularly good options.


The Mud and Mayhem package costs £70 per person.


More fun than you can ‘throw’ a stick at!

More fun than you can ‘throw’ a stick at!

IN part two of my series of blogs about Adventure Sports Warwick, I review axe-throwing. . .

AS a mum of teenage sons I’ve not come across many sports and activities they haven’t at some time dabbled in – that is until recently.

‘Why don’t we go and throw some axes?’ one of them enthusiastically declared a few weeks ago.

Axe-throwing, Adventure Sports Warwick

Normally this request might have me worried if it weren’t for my familiarity with the nearby outdoor activity centre, Adventure Sports.

And it’s the only place in Warwickshire to offer axe-throwing – an activity incidentally that is rapidly growing in popularity.

How hard can it be? – I reasoned, with, if I’m honest, a slight sense of nervous anticipation. Well, who wouldn’t be nervous by the prospect of standing amidst flying axes hurled about by their over-zealous offspring? (Could this be an opportunity to put an end to mum’s nagging that’s just too good to resist?)

It was soon apparent that my concerns were misplaced. The session is extremely safe and well managed by the Adventure Sports team, who put us at our ease with their affable and reassuring manner. Everyone took on board the short safety talk and was then introduced to the session with a lesson on the basic techniques required to get the axe to hit and stick into the wooden roundel target.

Adventure Sports Warwick, axe-throwing

Lightweight 10-inch metal training axes called Angels are used while we perfect our throws from a distance of around three metres, before we’re then let loose on the larger Tomahawk axes. These are heavier and require more technique, although, for me, I found the axes easier to handle and are the ones I enjoyed more, (if limited!) success with.

The 60-minute session is suitable for groups of between two and 24 people aged over 10. – Yes, I was surprised to learn of such a low age limit too! But once you’ve experienced it, you soon realise how safe and accessible it is for all. As I was told by our instructor at the start of the session: “All you’ve got to be able to do is throw!”

And he’s right, of course. Trouble is, while throwing is the easy bit, turns out getting it to successfully stick into the target, not so much so – for me at least!

But we weren’t just left to it. We’re under constant supervision and instruction so are able to improve our methods – and our hit rate – fairly quickly.

Adventure Sports, Warwick

And there are some fun competitions thrown in as well, further motivating those us with a more competitive streak! (Not naming any names!)

I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable – and fascinating – experience and another ‘first’ ticked off the family’s adventures bucket list.

Interesting isn’t it, how, in today’s world of technology, gaming, artificial intelligence and so forth, we still find entertainment in an ancient skill once practiced in the Middle Ages! Go figure.

Axe-throwing as a coordinated activity is actually nothing to be worried about at all. It is a lot of fun for any size of group. Not as simple as it might look. . . but then where would be the challenge in that?

Further details on axe-throwing sessions as well as 50 other outdoor adventure activities can be found at. . .

Adventure Sports Warwick, axe-throwing


All participants must be at least 10 years old and at least 147cm (58 inches) tall.

The activity is not suitable for anyone who has an existing medical condition that could be aggravated by the throwing action.

I can see why this is particularly popular with Stag and Hen parties as well as corporate groups. But great fun for friends and family groups too.


Prices from £25 per person per session depending on the number of people in the party.



Look out for more blogs over the coming weeks and months – as well as the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on an activity of your choice.