THE AVENGERS – and pals – assembled at Roves Farm yesterday to complete an obstacle course set to test the most powerful of superheroes.
Children clad in Spiderman, Thor and Superman costumes travelled to Sevenhampton for a superhero-themed day, which saw them crawl inside tunnels and duck, slide, and run and jump along a fun assault course to prove their super strength.
Guided by mild-mannered farm employee Ricky Bailey – whose alter ego is the masked king of the underwear world Captain Y-fronts, they overcame every hurdle along the way and swiftly reached the finish line where they were given the Avengers’ seal of approval.
Part of Superhero Week, the action-packed day was among the many events to be held at Roves Farm until Friday.
“It’s the first time we have had special-themed events,” said Katie Allen, events manager at the farm. “We looked at what the kids were interested in and they are all into superheroes at the moment so it was a way to get them active.
“We have been taking the children on a tractor ride to the assault course about six times a day with Captain Y-Fronts.
“He helped them complete the course and turn them into true superheroes. It’s a bit different, fun and it’s good exercise. It’s quite a simple thing. We give them a big field with a few things to jump over and they love it. A lot of children don’t get that kind of space to run around.”
As part of the programme of activities, they created their own superhero masks, had a go on the brand new play area’s slide or enjoyed a spot of climbing up its sturdy net.
The superhero-themed extravaganza proved ideal to encourage young children to spend quality time in the fresh air while indulging their wild imagination.
Gemma Cahalin, of Coleview, accompanied her son Spiderman, aka Oscar, two, to Roves Farm.
“They love the superhero theme,” said the 26 year-old. “We came with the whole family and I think it’s really important for children to join in with other children and nice to be spending family time and getting out of the house.
“It’s different every time we come here.”
Her aunt Cathy Conduit, 32, of Redhouse, was in good company with her four-year-old son Joshua, alias Thor, and daughter Eva, one, better known as Spidergirl.
“It gets them out of the house,” she said. “It’s Josh’s birthday at the end of the month and he is having a superhero party. The Avengers is big for him. He is not sure which Avenger he wants to be when he grows up, but he wants to be an Avenger.”