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Tree Top Adventure is open at Chessington!

Chessington World of Adventures

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, can we get a drumroll please…Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure has swung its way into Chessington World of Adventures Resort and is officially open for (monkey) business!

It’s a mega milestone for us: our 30th Go Ape to launch in the UK (we’re feeling a little emotional about it all, to be honest) and it’s the first time we’ve teamed up with a theme park and double the adventures mean double the fun!

Go Ape at Chessington

But that’s not the only ‘first’ – oh no!

Our Chessington site is also home to Go Ape’s first ever four-person zip wire (which means quadruple the fun, right!?). Picture this: you and three of your chums perching on a platform ledge as you count down from 3 (or 10, if one of you isn’t quite ready to take the leap of faith). You reach 0 and all jump off in synch, whizzing through the air with the wind in your face. It’s a ride to the finish line/mound of woodchip!

Four man zip wire Chessington

Your little monkeys can get involved too, clambering up the rope ladder to take on an epic Tree Top Junior course. So long as they’re over the age of 6 or at least 1m tall, they can swing through the trees to their hearts content!

Set amidst 60 acres of woodland, there’s no doubt that Chessington is the UK’s wildest theme park.

So, what better place for a Go Ape? After your Tarzan-inspired adventure with us, there’s a whole heap of other activities to check out, whether it’s the parks 40+ rides and attractions, the zoo, or Sea Life centre!

In fact, seeing as there’s so much to see and do, why not make a weekend of it? The resort has two hotels and new explorer camping, where you and your tribe get to sleep under the stars in pre-pitched tents. A must if you’ve got little ones!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!

Exam season over? Time to de-stress!

Family Time at Go Ape

So exam season has come to an end, and everyone can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief (say it with us: ‘ahhhhhhhhhh’).

It’s not just the kids who feel the pressure during exam time; in fact, mums and dads often feel more anxious than the children themselves, and the atmosphere at home can become tense, having a knock-on effect on siblings too!

Now that your child doesn’t have to spend all their time shut in their room revising, it’s important to spend some time re-connecting as a family – and of course, you’ll want to celebrate their job well done. We’ve put together a few ideas to help calm everyone down and get things back to normal once exam season has passed. Parents, you can thank us later!

Celebrate with friends

As much as we’d like to think our children only want to spend time with us, the fact is they’re probably going to want to celebrate with their mates first – so don’t enforce family time upon them straight away! Arrange a party or get together for their friends so they can let their hair down after all their hard work, and you’ll get some serious parent points.

Have a special family dinner

Once they’ve got that out of their system, host a special family dinner where you can all share a toast to the student’s hard efforts. This could be at your home or at their favourite restaurant; the only thing that really matters is that the whole family are together and that they get to indulge in their favourite foods!

Take a road trip

Go somewhere, anywhere! Fill up the petrol tank, pack a picnic, wind the windows down, turn the radio up, and head off somewhere new and it could be a nearby town, a woodland, a lake or even the seaside. Being out on the open road will give them a new sense of freedom, and exploring the unknown is sure to take their mind off that one exam question they just couldn’t answer!

Get outside

It really is amazing what a bit of fresh air can do for the soul – especially if they’ve been cooped up in the library for weeks on end. Fresh air not only boosts our immune system, but it literally energises us and a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that being surrounded by nature increases energy levels in 90% of people! What’s more, the smell of flowers and trees has been found to improve our mood, reduce anxiety and decrease stress levels.

Have a family day out at Go Ape!

If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your little bookworm while they’ve been studying, it’s important to re-connect as a family and while having fun, of course! Get the whole family to take part in a challenging activity – such as a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – and you’ll re-establish your bonds as you climb across nets, swing from ropes, and cross bridges at epic heights. The grand zip-wire finale at the end will leave you all with a big, adrenaline-fuelled rush that they’ll talk about for weeks!

To treat your hard-working student to a fun day out that will banish those exam blues, find your nearest Go Ape location and get booking!

Make the most of your bank holiday

Bank Holiday Weekend

What’s that? Another bank holiday? Yes! (*pumps fist*).

It’s Bank Holiday Monday next week (30th May), which for many people means a nice long weekend! And we don’t want to tempt fate or anything, but the weather forecast is looking mega promising – fingers crossed!

Now, we don’t like to be the bearers of bad news (sorry in advance), but this bank hols is the last one ‘til August. We’ve had a nice string of long weekends but after next Monday, that’s it for a few months (*slowly lowers fist*).

So, what that means is you need to make the very most of this three-day weekend, fitting in as many fun-filled activities as you can! Stuck for ideas? Here’s a few to consider:

Say “cheese”!

Brockworth’s notorious annual cheese rolling event is back on 30th May and sees a bunch of crazy fools leg it down the (very) steep Cooper’s Hill, chasing a giant wheel of cheese. The first person to cross the finish line wins the weighty 8lb block of Double Gloucester.

Roll out

A bike ride is the ultimate bank holiday activity and the great thing is, it doesn’t cost a thing! There are loads of traffic-free routes across the country ideal for families with small kids. If the sun’s got his hat on, why not pack a picnic to enjoy when you take a pit stop? Take a look at the Sustrans website for some cycling inspiration.

Get your hike on

From coastal paths to mountain routes, the UK boasts some truly awesome hiking trails that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. And let’s face it: few things in life compare to that “I did it!” feeling when you reach the top!

If you’ve got kids in tow, it’s worth doing your research beforehand to ensure the route you pick is family-friendly. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try wild camping for the night? Your little ones will love getting back to nature and spending the night under the stars – you can search for local sites on the Pitchup website.

If you’re an avid hiker wanting to indulge in a whole weekend of walking, but haven’t yet picked your destination, check out this Telegraph list of 10 best British hikes.

Go Ape Tree Top AdventureHave a BBQ

(Sorry, tempting fate again). We’re pretty confident this weekend is going to be a scorcher, or very warm at least – perfect weather for a spot of al fresco dining!

If you’re thinking of inviting friends and family round for a hearty BBQ in the back garden, why not share the work and get them each to bring a dish? One person brings the nibbles, another brings the meat, another brings the drink, etc.

Go Ape!

Last but by no means last, how about visiting Go Ape and embarking on a Tree Top Adventure with your family this weekend? This is your chance for you all to unleash your inner Tarzans as you swing through the tree tops, tackling obstacles and hollering as you go! We’ve got 30 courses spanning the UK, so there’s bound to be a Go Ape near you! Find your nearest here.

Now you can Go Ape at Chessington World of Adventures!

Go Ape Chessington

Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine two adrenaline-packed experiences in one trip, without having to travel to two different places?

Well now you can, as Go Ape will be swinging its way into Chessington World of Adventures this summer!

That’s right: the UK’s number one forest adventure has teamed up with one of the UK’s wildest adventure parks to provide the ultimate day out for thrill-seekers and active families alike. In fact, this will be our 30th Go Ape adventure and the first one to launch within a UK theme park; and as you can probably tell, we can hardly contain our excitement!

The shiny new Go Ape at Chessington will feature both our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses, meaning the whole family can enjoy an action-packed day of fun in the beautiful 60-acre Chessington Resort woodland.

If you’re bringing your little monkeys along, so long as they’re aged 6 or above and are at least 1m tall, they can have the time of their lives climbing, balancing and tackling all sorts of obstacles high up in the trees at our Tree Top Junior course. That’s not to mention the reward they’ll get for their hard work at the end: zooming along the zip wire finale!

BTree Top Junior at Go Apeut that’s not all: at our new Chessington site, you’ll also be able to experience the thrill together on the first EVER four-person zip wire!

Sitting side-by-side, you and three others will feel the wind through your hair as you whoosh through the trees on this one-of-a-kind ride – we think it’s an unmissable experience, and one that you’re sure to remember for years to come!

After a day swinging through the trees in our Tree Top Junior and Tree Top Adventure courses, there’s no need to shut yourselves indoors! The Chessington Resort provides the perfect habitat for a spot of glamping (that’s glamorous camping, for those who didn’t know), so you and your tribe can enjoy a night under the stars and truly get back to nature. The Explorer tents can sleep up to four people and include wooden floors, beds, power sockets and even Wi-Fi – perfect for those who still like their creature comforts, even in the great outdoors!

By staying overnight, you’ll also be able to pack more into your trip – meaning you can enjoy two whole days of fun and adventure, with a well-earned rest in between.

So, get ready to make some memories and start planning your trip to our brand new adventure at Chessington World of Adventures!

Bookings for our Tree Top Junior course at Chessington are already open, and you’ll be able to make bookings for our Tree Top Adventure course from June onwards.

We can’t wait to welcome monkeys and apes of all shapes and sizes to this, our 30th Go Ape adventure! See you there!

Book now!

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