Children's muddy obstacle course The Little Welly to be opened in Kent by JLS member JB Gill

by Lauren Abbott

The starting gun for the county's first muddy obstacle course for kids is going to be fired by former popstar turned Kent farmer JB Gill.

Climbing walls, a water slide, scramble nets, balancing poles, foam and lots of mud are promising to be the magic ingredients for The Little Welly taking place on May 11 and 12.

Especially created for children aged four to 12, The Little Welly obstacle course has more than 30 challenges over a 3km route.

Watch presenter Marina Fogle talk about The Little Welly here:

The obstacle course is created especially to challenge youngsters (and their parents!) in what is described as a 'fun, unique and safe outdoor environment'.

JB Gill was a member of boyband JLS but has since moved to the county where he has a small-holding near Westerham.

He will be cutting the red ribbon to officially open the event at 9.30am on Saturday, May 11 ahead of taking to the course alongside other Kent families together with his wife and two young children.

He said: “We’re all really excited about The Little Welly event landing in Kent next month, I’ll be there with my kids getting properly stuck into all the muddy challenges.

"I think it’s so important for young children to get outdoors and experience more of our countryside attractions. The Little Welly promises to be the perfect family day out in the great outdoors!’

JB Gill (9138848)
JB Gill (9138848)

Organisers have chosen the St Clere Estate near West Kingsdown for the inaugural Kent event and every child will collect The Little Welly medal as they cross the finishing line.

The popular obstacle course also brings with it an entire festival village for the weekend.

The Little Welly
The Little Welly

Containing The Toddler Course, a climbing wall, pony rides, trampolines and a big stage playing live music and entertainment the event enables families to make an entire day out of it.

There is also, say organisers, a full programme of free workshops and have-a-go sessions in the activities tent whilst food and drink will also be on offer to refuel visitors including pizzas, artisan coffee, prosecco, pancakes, burgers, vegetarian alternatives, waffles and ice creams.

Children under four can come to the event for free and early bird discounts are available. For more information and ticket packages please visit

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