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Thumbs up from Hannah and her partner!

Hannah Sanders samples the latest addition to the attractions at Rother Valley Country Park

I paused at the top of the free fall supreme before taking a heart-pounding, exhilarating free fall into the water, and then I was pulling myself out of the depths onto the towering Jungle Joe. 


If you’ve ever visited the water parks in Majorca, Portugal or Florida this scene may be familiar to you. However, now you don’t have to wait until your next foreign holiday to experience those thrills, as the largest aqua park in the UK is right on Sheffield’s doorstep.  


The 750-acre Rother Valley Country Park has four artificial lakes, and as well as a full size cable ski and wake park they’ve brought more exciting ways for people to wipe out with the aqua park.


Complete with huge inflatable slides, a 27ft trampoline, climbing walls, runways and a blast bag; it’s the ultimate outdoor water experience.


Pulling into the car park on a sunny Saturday morning, my partner and I could just see the top of one of the inflatable slides and couldn’t wait to have a go.


It was a quick and easy process getting checked in. Once we read the safety card and received the wrist bands, we struggled into our wetsuits and were ready to pick up the life jackets and listen to a safety briefing.


This included inflatable safety, getting the lifeguard’s attention and even jokes about crocodiles eating all the sharks, causing a few chuckles from the adults and some panic stricken faces from the children.


Then, after a quick walk to the water’s edge we were let loose to try our hand at the adrenaline fuelled aqua park.


After a few seconds deliberating how cold the water would be, I eventually bit the bullet and jumped in...


Want to find out what happened after Hannah took the plunge? You can read the full article here.


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