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GO APE BATTERSEA INTRODUCES SPLASH FEST

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It’s a date for your diary!

On Sunday, 7 August, London’s first family-friendly water-filled obstacle course is taking over Battersea Park. Splash Fest is set to be the wild, wet and wonderful highlight of the school holidays.

Set over a 2.5K trail, Splash Fest is made up of five awesomely fun aqua challenges designed to delight the whole family.

Obstacles include the enchanted Bubbly Brook maze, geyser-spouting Wild Wild Waters and the slippery speed of Slip-Slide Stream. So however you like your splashy splashy thrills, we’ve got you covered.

For a more relaxed vibe, our event village – the Splash-Out Zone – is the perfect place to dry off, eat, play and soak up the festival atmosphere.

Brought to you by the RNLI, Splash Fest promises to be the biggest, splashiest, bubbliest day of the summer.

Numbers are limited so book now before it’s too late at www.splashfest.co.uk!

Go Ape Battersea Park…a course like no other

Go Ape Battersea Park Tree Top Junior

You’re strolling through the heart London, soaking in the city’s many sights. And suddenly, you hear a loud, elongated shriek that sounds extremely similar to a Tarzan holler.

Are your ears deceiving you?

No, they aren’t! It’s been a long time coming but Go Ape has officially landed in the centre of London and is open for monkey business! Our course occupies a large corner of the beautiful Battersea Park, which is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Here are some of the reasons why the newest addition to the Go Ape family is extra special:

It’s in the city

Go Ape Battersea Park is a first for any city in the UK (you’re welcome, Londoners!). One minute you could be strolling around the streets of the capital with hordes of city-dwellers, the next you could be up in the tree tops about to take on one of our courses!

Battersea Park seemed like the perfect spot for a Go Ape course as it’s close to many of London’s landmarks; Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, Big Ben, the National History Museum and London Eye are all less than three miles away. This means you can easily combine a Tree Top Adventure with a spot of sightseeing.

Oh course for those north of the city, there’s also Go Ape Trent Park, with a Tree Top Adventure boasting over 600m of obstacles and crossings, including a 120m zip wire!

It’s mega high

Warning: this course is not for the faint-hearted. Most obstacles are double the height of those at our other locations. After all, we want to give you the best possible view of the cityscape in the background!

As you probably know already, Go Ape’s motto is ‘live life adventurously.’ We think that, through adventure, we get to challenge ourselves and discover our true potential. That’s why we decided to take it higher when designing the Battersea Park course.

Even if you’ve swung with us before, the Battersea Park course is bound to test your nerves. But that’s the great thing about it! Climb it, conquer it, and feel a massive sense of achievement when you complete it!

Obstacles are longer

The new course isn’t just twice as high, but many of the obstacles are twice as long too! And if they’re double the distance, this means the obstacles are going to be twice as wobbly (and twice as fun). I think it’s fair to say that Battersea Park Go Ape is our most challenging course to date, both mentally and physically. Think you can handle it?

Go Ape Tree Top Junior Battersea ParkThere’s a Tree Top Junior

Hang on a minute! It’s not fair for adults to have all the fun. If you’ve got mini Tarzans in your tribe, they’re bound to love our Tree Top Junior course. You can watch from the ground as they explore the canopy and grow more confident with each obstacle they cross. And to finish off their adventure, they’ll get to whizz down a zip wire and into a huge pile of woodchip!

At Go Ape Battersea Park, the high ropes are higher, zip lines are longer, bridges are shakier…But don’t take our word for it – book a Go Ape adventure for you and your tribe and see for yourself!

An Adventurous City Break in London

View from Go Ape Battersea Park

You might not expect to hear this from us, but we do love a city break; a few nights away with friends or the one you love, visiting the sights, sampling the culture and eating great food – what’s not to like?

But come to think of it, wouldn’t it be better if there was some action-packed fun involved, too? After all, there’s only so many museums and cafés you can see before you start itching for something a little more… exciting!

If you’re planning a trip to the capital and feel like you’ve fought your way along Oxford Street quite enough for one person’s lifetime, why not try something a bit more adventurous on your next visit? Take a look at our pick of the most adventurous things to do in London – and yes, we have included ourselves on the list!

Take to the water

See the city from a different angle by taking a tour along the river. Just make sure you don’t get stuck on any old sightseeing boat – try the London Duck Tours for an exhilarating drive from the road straight into the water! Feeling the need for speed? Take an adrenaline-fuelled high-speed cruise down the River Thames – these run all year round and in all weather conditions, so if you’re feeling really extreme you can even do it in the rain!

Find some green space

From the wide open spaces of Richmond Park to the luscious botanicals of Kew Gardens, there is so much green space to enjoy in London – and many of the city’s parks host regular outdoor activities where you can learn something new. So if you’ve had enough of standing in queues or travelling on the tube, why not try your hand at a spot of fishing, power kiting or even horse riding? Bet you didn’t think you could do all that in the big smoke! One of our top picks would be roller-blading in the beautiful Battersea Park – the smooth, flat, and car-free paths provide the perfect surface for your wheels!

Walk the Line

Quite literally! Scheduled for completion in March this year, The Line is the capital’s first art walk, featuring a selection of carefully curated sculptures for the public to view, from the likes of Damien Hirst and Gary Hume. The Line is mostly free of charge, apart from two paid sections that include a short DLR journey and a cable car over the River Thames. You can even cycle the entire route, so why not hire some Boris Bikes and really get those leg muscles working?

Go Ape Battersea ParkGet up high!

High up in the tree tops of Battersea Park is our brand new Go Ape adventure course – which, as you can probably tell, we are all very excited about! The first of its kind in any UK city, our shiny new course features obstacles and crossings at truly challenging heights, making it a thrilling addition to your city break! If you’re visiting with the kids, our Battersea Park location also features our Tree Top Junior course, specially designed for mini Tarzans aged 6-12.

So, next time you’re heading to the capital for the weekend, make sure you pop by and say hello – see you in the trees!

Our year so far…

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We’re glad to say, 2015 has been quite a year – and for all the right reasons!

There’s nothing better than reflecting on the past 12 months and thinking: “Yes! We achieved so much in those 52 weeks!” and feeling proud, nostalgic, and inspired for the New Year.

As always, we’ve had our fair share of monkeying around and living the high life – if we were to list ALL of our most memorable moments, this blog post would turn into something resembling a short novel. So, we’ve come up with a few of our super-duper proud memories to share with you as the year draws to a close…

Ben Fogle This Morning#ShareAdventure campaign

We had to start off this list with our phenomenal #ShareAdventure campaign, which really was a resounding success! Launching in the summer, we set about to spread adventure across the nation by encouraging you to share your adventurous moments through your Instagram snaps. You showed us you were quite an adventurous bunch!

Ben Fogle also supported the campaign, talking to us directly about his own adventures. “Each one defines me as a person,” he said. “Adventure maketh the person.” We couldn’t agree more, Ben!

Tree top wedding – and engagement!

Go Ape WeddingLove was well and truly in the (very fresh) air at Go Ape this year! A lovely couple from Southampton said their vows 40 feet off the ground in the tree tops of Go Ape Aberfoyle, and the bride even wore a custom-made dress that was designed to incorporate the Go Ape harness!

A huge congrats also to Ollie and Selina – Ollie recently popped the question at Go Ape Forest of Dean! Luckily, he wasn’t barking up the wrong tree and Selina said YES! What can we say? We’re a place where dreams come true!

Our 5 millionth customer!

Our 5 millionth customer means we need to say 5 million whopping enormous “thank yous” to all you lovely people who have chosen to live life adventurously at Go Ape. Back in August, Claire Haigh became the official 5 millionth customer to join our tribe, so we surprised her with a troop of Gorillas, accompanied by a live rendition of the Jungle Book’s ‘King of the Swingers’. Inflatable bananas, of course, made an appearance too! Here’s to the next 5 million! If you missed it check out the video below:

Sponsoring Nikki Curwen’s Transatlantic Voyage

We were super honoured to be the official lead sponsor for Nikki Curwen’s 2015 transatlantic voyage. Covering over 3,000 miles of sailing in her Mini 747 dinghy, we were so proud of her for coming 12th out of 43, and finishing the first woman. Nikki is an adventurer through and through, so for Go Ape to sponsor her seemed more than a perfect match. Re-live her journey here.

Battersea Park opening

Finally, you may have heard us mention it once or twice – that’s because we are SO excited to announce that our Go Ape Battersea Park officially opened this month! We can’t believe there is now a Go Ape in the centre of London – and the highest obstacle crossings are double the height of most Go Ape courses. Are you up for the challenge?Battersea Park Tree Top Adventure

As you can see, there’s been plenty to shout from the tree tops about. But let’s not forget something: there’s still a couple of weeks left of 2015… which means there’s plenty more time to squeeze in another adventure or two!

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