Santa training course launched at Birmingham attraction

The ultimate activity centre, The Bear Grylls Adventure, hosted a Santa training course to showcase how the big guy in red can prepare for the busiest night of the year.

Located next to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, The Bear Grylls Adventure has put its thrill-seeking staff to the test with the ultimate adventure course, to see if they’ve got what it takes to measure up to Santa’s skills.

In preparation for the festive season, instructors limbered up like Santa to ‘sleigh’ a range of thrill-seeking activities, all tailored towards preparing Father Christmas for his annual gift-giving expedition.

The first part of the training course was the nerve-testing high ropes. Standing at 65 feet and consisting of 36 obstacles, the course prepares Santa for the high altitudes as they fly through the sky and traverse across the rooftops.

Those brave enough will reach the top faced difficult logs and cross-ladder bridges to hone their balance and dexterity, equipping them with the necessary skills that Mr Claus needs to swiftly manoeuvre across rooftops.


The adrenaline junkie employees then had to push their limits on the centre’s Royal Marines inspired assault course.

The challenging route of scramble nets, monkey bars, traverse beams and a-frames pushed their agility and speed to the max, perfect for preparing Saint Nick for his difficult path delivering presents across the globe, all while staying hidden from young children.


To simulate the sensation of soaring through the skies, the employees were finally challenged with the adrenaline pumping iFLY indoor skydiving.

Taking to the air against the 162 miles-per-hour wind speed in Santa costumes, they endured the rush of a free-fall – the equivalent of three 12,000-foot sky dives – a thrilling activity that Santa will need to practice ahead of his epic worldwide journey on Christmas Eve.


Lee Phillips, General Manager at The Bear Grylls Adventure, said: “Tis the season to tackle adventure, and our very own Santa’s certainly didn’t disappoint with their impressive display. “They looked just as ready as the jolly man in red to undertake a worldwide journey delivering gifts, thanks to our intensive course of activities.

“We were definitely impressed by their speed and agility throughout the thrilling adventure activities, now it’s time for Father Christmas himself to come along and try out the course for himself to ensure he’s prepped for the big day!

“Do you have what it takes to deliver presents across the globe this Christmas? We’d like to welcome anyone who thinks they could be the next Santa-in-training to put their skills to the test.

“We always endeavour to combine the magic of Christmas with our adventurous offerings, providing exhilarating experiences for Christmas lovers of all ages.”

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