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Come hang out in Nets Kingdom!

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Tribespeople,€ we’€™ve some exciting news to share with you! We have launched another, awesome Go Ape adventure. And just like our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses, and our Zip Trekking Adventure, it’€™s set high up in the canopy!

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, monkeys and Tarzans, we introduce to you to our tree-mendous Nets Kingdom!

What is it?

It’€™s exactly what it says on the tin: a kingdom of nets! It’€™s a mammoth network of trampolines, giant ball nets, walkways and slides, set 30 feet up in the trees. To be a little more specific, Nets Kingdom boasts:

 

– 4 mammoth bounce nets (one filled with giant balls and one for little monkeys only)
– 7 canopy tree houses and 1 destination tree house
– 2 net slides transporting you back to the ground
– 3 entrance ramps and one huge 9 metre high net climbing tower
– 8 tree-to-tree net bridges
– 80 metre long treehouse adventure route

 

This super-fun, 2000 square metre adventure is suited to monkeys big and small, old and young! We encourage everyone to have a go, but if your mini Tarzans are feeling independent (or think it’€™s uncool to hang with their parents), then you can always watch from the comfort of the forest floor.

And you can expect to pull some of the same moves as you would on one of our treetop obstacle courses. But instead of crawling through tunnels, you’€™ll be crawling through nets. And instead of wobbling across bridges, you’€™ll be wobbling across nets. And rather than whooshing through the air via zip wire, you’€™ll be whizzing down a (you guessed it) net slide!

If you’€™re a pro at clambering up, down and across nets on a TTA or TTJ course, then you must have a go at monkeying around in Nets Kingdom! This netted playground is encased in a hammock-like setting, so it’€™s safe as treehouses.

Nets Kingdom is exclusive to Go Ape Black Park course in Buckinghamshire.

So why not come down to our new adventure?

Black Park Has It All!

Climb the treetops

Spanning 535 acres of wood and heathland, Black Park Country Park is the perfect place to while away a day or two.

Located in the heart of Wexham, Buckinghamshire, it’s one of the UK’s largest local country parks, complete with a glorious lake and over 10 miles of flat surfaced pathways, making it accessible for all ages and abilities.

When visiting Black Park for the first time, you might get that “I’ve been here before” feeling. That’s because Pinewood Film Studios, situated just down the road, has used the park as a setting for many films, from Goldfinger, Bugsy Malone and Robin Hood to Batman and the Harry Potter series.

Black Park really does have it all. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll be better off spending the weekend here. Here’s what’s on offer…

Lake

As we’ve already mentioned, a beautiful lake lies in the middle of Black Park. It’s the ideal spot to kick back, relax and enjoy a picnic surrounded by flora and fauna. If you’ve got an electric, sail or steam model boat, you’re welcome to set sail at the bottom of the lake.

Children’s play area

If you’ve got toddlers and younger kids to entertain, they’ll have heaps of fun over at the children’s woodland play area.

Café

Café San Remo is perched on the edge of the lake and serves-up a range of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks. Sit outside on the picnic benches or move inside if it gets a little chilly.

Kiosk

If you’re after a quick bite, there’s a kiosk near the dog-free picnic area that’s open during the day (10am-5pm daily during school holidays and 10am – 5pm Thursday to Tuesday during term time). On the menu is jacket potatoes, paninis, rolls, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

The Feeling of AdventureGo Ape – Tree Top Adventure

Yep, you guessed it! Nestled amidst Black Park’s woodland you’ll find one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses! Clamber up rope ladders, tackle tricky crossings, leap off our Tarzan Swing and whizz down zip-wires – all in the name of fun!

Tree Top Junior

Now, it would be extremely cruel to let the adults have all the fun, wouldn’t it? If you’ve got any little monkeys in your family, what better way to spend the afternoon than by watching them swing through the trees?

Forest Segway

If heights really aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for another activity to add to your Tree Top Adventure, how about testing out Go Ape’s Forest Segway experience? After a quick safety briefing you’ll get a full hour of off-road fun, whizzing around Black Park’s forest floor on two wheels. You’ll enjoy yourself so much you won’t want to get off!

Forest Biking

Instead of walking, why not cruise around Black Park instead? If you’re in need of a few bikes, you can hire them through Go Ape Forest Biking. You don’t need to book online – just head over to our cabin and we’ll sort you out with what you need.

For a fantastic fun family day out visit Black Park Country Park.

Q & A With A Member Of The Go Ape Team: Tony Mitchell

Reach New Heights At Go Ape

This month, we’re grilling Tony Mitchell – site manager at Go Ape Black Park, Buckinghamshire. Tony has been leading the tribe there since July 2014, but has been part of Go Ape’s fixtures and fittings since 2009 when he took a job at the Bedgebury site. Here, we find out about why he’s always in a good mood, and why he’s usually in close proximity to an A-list celeb or two…Tony Mitchell - Go Ape Black Park

What made you join the Go Ape family?

My whole life, I’ve always loved the great outdoors. I joined the army at the ripe age of 16 and it really gave me a taste for it; I’ve never had a “proper” office job. Before working for Go Ape I worked as a watersports instructor and a ski guide. I then went on to be deputy manager of a gym in Brighton – but even that was too “indoorsy” for me!

Did you experience Go Ape for yourself before taking the job?

Shortly before my interview for Go Ape, I thought to myself: “I better have a go at this so I know what I’m talking about in the interview!” and my partner and I paid a visit to the Bracknell site. Since then, though, I’ve been to 16 or 17 of the other Go Ape sites – I can’t get enough of it!

What do you like about working for Go Ape?

Go Ape Black Park is set in 530 acres of beautiful woodland, with an amazing centre-piece lake. Even if I wake up in a bad mood, I step one foot into the forest and I’m instantly in a good mood; even if it’s wet and windy, it’s impossible not to be happy when you’re surrounded by this scenery. I’m lucky because, even as a manager, I’m not stuck behind a desk all day. Although my role does require me to be at a desk sometimes, I’m still very active.

I’d have to say that the people – both staff and customers – are what I love most about my job, though. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing someone conquer their fears; starting the day shaking with nerves and coming back absolutely buzzing.

What makes your site unique?

Well, one of the reasons Black Park is unique is because of our best kept secret: we have forest bikes at our site. We’re the only Go Ape site to have a bike hire operation in place, and I like that!

We also offer the Segway experience here, but we’re the only site where you can Segway down to the Hogwarts’ railway station from Harry Potter!

Pinewood Studios is just a stone’s throw away from our site, with ‘Star Wars’ being filmed down there as I speak! There are also loads of movie scenes that are filmed right here at Black Park – from ‘James Bond’ to ‘Fast & Furious’. Quite often, we’ll hear a big boom coming from Pinewood Studios – it’s rather exciting for all of us! The stars are usually kept under wraps, but Damian Lewis (star of ‘Homeland’) did pay Go Ape a visit with his son, who had a go on the Tree Top Junior Adventure.

Finally, tell us a story that will put a smile on our faces…

There are a couple of particularly funny moments that spring to mind. One is when a customer dressed up in one of our gorilla suits, unbeknownst to her boyfriend. She then proceeded to get down on one knee and propose to him! He said yes, of course (after she had peeled off her gorilla mask!).

Another one that stands out took place on market day. Once a month, there’s a market that comes to the Go Ape car park, and part of it involves a ‘petting zoo’ – where animals such as ducks, rabbits, donkeys and sheep often make an appearance. One day, the rabbits somehow managed to escape, so we ended up scrambling around the car park chasing bunnies!

A Day Out In And Around Uxbridge – For Over 50s

Tree Top Adventure - Black Park Country Park

Set in 530 acres of stunning woodland with a beautiful lake at its heart, our Black Park Country Park course is in good company with Uxbridge just down the road. Here’s our favourite places to go, and things to do, if you’re in the area:

Where to go?

Dorneywood Garden, Burnham

Dorneywood house is an official residence for a secretary of the state or a minister of the Crown. Its gardens, however, are open to the public and are a wonderful example of 1930s garden design. As a visitor to the Gardens you can stroll around its rose garden and kitchen gardens as well as taking in the lily pond, stylish conservatory and herbaceous borders. The garden is open all year round and as a National Trust member you can enter for free.

What to do?

Walk along the Grand Union Canal

The mighty Grand Union Canal runs through the town of Uxbridge and makes for a pleasant waterside stroll. Join the canal at any point and walk for as long as you fancy. You will pass a number of pubs along the way so there is ample opportunity to stop off for a pint (or coffee if you prefer). Think of it as a well-deserved reward after your tree-top dare-devil antics! Head towards central London and it is easy to hop on the tube back to Uxbridge.

Where to eat?

Palm Suite Restaurant, Iver Heath

Palm Suite has been serving delicious meals to customers for more than 30 years. With its open grill, diners are able to see their food being prepared before their very eyes. Meals range from home-made burgers and fresh steaks to slow-cooked ribs, fish pies and veggie wraps. It is just round the corner from the famous Pinewood Studios, and many a star has been known to pop in to the restaurant for a bite to eat. As well as the possibility of a celebrity spot, another feature of Palm Suite is that they offer Go Ape customers 10% off their bill. It makes perfect sense.

And if you’re feeling adventurous?

Tree Top Adventure or Forest Segway

Before embarking on your tree-top adventure you will be fully briefed on safety, but it won’t be long before you find yourself flying down a zip wire, leaping from a Tarzan swing or making your way across a high rope crossing. Alternatively, explore the forest floor on our epic Forest Segways for a new experience with a down-to-earth twist. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or just fancy doing something you’ve never tried before, then Go Ape will help you release your inner Tarzan – and it’s never too late for that to happen.

Book your adventure online here.