Starting out with a Blob…
It all started in spring 2018, with a Unique activity in North Wales. A friend asked if I could do anything with a large inflatable called the blob. After being shown some footage of what this thing could do. I decided to take it off his hands and see if I could make an activity out of it.
The first thing was to make a list of what to do
– Get the blob insured.
– Write a risk assessment and method of operating the blob.
– Speak to insurers again.
– Find a location to run the blob.
– Get equipment to run the blob.
– Practice running the blob.
This is literally how Bearded Men Adventures started, with an idea and list of things to do. Once I made a list, I kept ticking off jobs I’d completed and added new jobs to the list until it was the first big blob day!
Day 1 – A Unique activity in North Wales
The first day was a whirlwind! Starting at 5 am and getting off the water at 8:30 pm. A long and tiring day but it was a SUCCESS!! Not so much financially, as we may have outpriced our selves. Unfortunately, we only managed two paying customers, this did not deter us. In the afternoon, we got our salesman Fletcher to work and put the word out that the Blob was free that afternoon. Sure enough, we had three groups signed up. This was a win just because we caused interest and excitement which brought the crowds. Sure enough the next day we had customers paying including a few return blobbers from the Saturday.
Over the next four weekends, we preserved. Through low numbers, high winds and stormy weather we had the blob operating every Saturday and Sunday. After four weekends of small amounts of paying participants. We decided to stop running it as an open event as financially we couldn’t work it the way we hoped. Even though we were disappointed that it didn’t succeed. There where so many positives to take from what we had made so far.
What we realised;
– Our first activity was insured and safe to run.
– The name Bearded men adventure had become somewhat popular on Facebook and Instagram.
– From the publicity, we had inquiring for stag weekends.
– We had the start of business with identity, a brand and the knowledge we could run a great activity in North Wales.
So starting out with a blob ended up giving us the confidence and all we needed to start our adventurous stag and hen do business. Lesson learnt to go for it what’s the worse that can happen.
What we do now
Since our first summer in 2018, we have grown a little providing a variety of products. We remember this first summer fondly and still trying out new things to help us grow.
Activities – We now have eight activities to choose from in North Wales: Canoyoning; River Tubing; Coasteering; Canoeing; Mountaineering; Climbing & abseiling; Bushcraft; and Archery & Axe throwing.
To get a taste of what these products are like check out our youtube channel.