Finding the perfect venue

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There’s no need to build your own obstacle course. Choose from hundreds of existing sites to book a venue suitable for a sisters-only charity event.

There are hundreds of outdoor pursuit centres around the country which have developed obstacle courses on site. Most can be hired out by private groups for a reasonable daily rate, although some are geared up towards young people more than adults.

There are also a number of corporate event companies which specialise in delivering assault course experiences.

The Factivities website has an extensive database of centres featuring an obstacle course, providing contact details and further information about each facility.

Some criteria to bear in mind when selecting a venue for the obstacle course include:

  • Location: It should be accessible to the major Muslim population centres of Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Leicester, London, Luton, Manchester and Slough, with reasonable transport links. While a venue deep in rural highlands would undoubtedly be beautiful, those able to get there are likely few.
  • Supervision: The venue will preferably be able to have female-only staff available on the day of the event.
  • Safety: It will have a proven safety track record, complying with Health & Safety regulations. As many venues largely serve school and youth groups, they often have very stringent guarantees in place already.
  • Obstacles: The obstacle course should be fairly extensive and spread over a reasonable distance, with a good range of obstacle challenges to negotiate, suitable for a challenge lasting up to 2 hours.
  • Condition: The obstacle course should remain muddy, soft under foot and challenging even after a dry summer or warm autumn.
  • Facilities: It should have good toilet, cleaning and changing facilities, along with ample parking.
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