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London’s calling, meet Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally)!

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Go Ape has landed at Alexandra Palace. This latest addition is our 31st UK site, and we think it’s going to be a corker (they do say your thirties are even happier than your twenties).

Our Tree Top Junior course is prepped and ready to go for the big launch on Saturday 18 March; the park’s centuries-old oaks will soon be ringing with the sound of chattering monkeys.

Ally Pally’s Tree Top Junior course brings that up to 19 across the UK – find out about the others here.

Ally Pally will also be the first site to feature our QuickJump Freefall activity, opening as part of our Tree Top Adventure course this summer.

And although we obviously consider ourselves Ally Pally’s star attraction, we’re really just the gem in an already impressively blinged-up crown.

Once you’ve finished swinging through the trees, you can while away the day in the onsite skate park, pitch and putt, Segway rally or year-round ice-rink. There’s also a boating lake and Farmers Market. And once you’re pooped out, you can stuff yourself silly in one of the cafés or grab a drink at the bar.

I know – we didn’t realise Ally Pally was such a hive of activity, either. Here are 4 other things you might not know about the iconic site:

  1. The Palace was opened in 1873 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. However, it was destroyed by fire just 16 days later. Let’s hope our shiny new course has better luck!
  2. It played a pretty important role in both World Wars. In WW1 the Bijou Theatre was used as a hospital for Belgian refugees, and the grounds as an internment camp for captured enemy soldiers. In WW2, although television broadcasts had been suspended, the BBC transmitters at Alexandra Palace were used in secret to jam the radio signals of German pilots.
  3. Outside of the war years, the Palace and its grounds have had lots of other surprising functions, including as a venue for the 1908 London Olympics, in which the Alexandra Palace Rifle Society went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals for the UK. The grounds also used to feature a popular horse racecourse, colloquially known as the ‘Frying Pan’.
  4. The Park has a whopping 196 acres to explore. We’ll pack our sensible shoes.
  5. Nowadays they host events to suit all personalities and penchants. Upcoming gigs include a festival of railway modelling, tattoo show, and the Maccabees farewell concert. Imagine what that would look like combined?

Amazing. See you there?Go-Ape-Tree-Top-Adventure-Family-Gift-Ideas

The park is within a 40-minute walk of 7 tube and railway stations, or if you’re saving all your energy for the course, the W3 bus drops you off at the Palm Court entrance and the 184 stops at Alexandra Palace Station. Easy peasy.
So, here’s to our new friend Ally Pally – we’re a match made in heaven.

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!

Reach new heights!

Reach New Heights At Go Ape

Go Ape Tarzan SwingIt’s been a long time coming but our forest doors are finally open for (monkey) business – hurrah!

Our aim here at Go Ape is to inspire others to live life more adventurously; to open people’s eyes to the fun that can be had when they step outside their comfort zones – to encourage people to be bold and brave in order to discover their true potential!

So, are you ready to reach new heights?!

If you come hang with us at Go Ape, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. If you’re a newbie, there’s a good chance your jaw will drop when you first lay eyes upon one of our obstacle courses. Believe us when we say that it feels much higher when you’re up there!

But, fear not. Tree-top trembles in the form of wobbly legs and shaky palms are completely normal. Hauling yourself up the (seemingly endless) initial rope ladder is always the scariest part, and so is crossing the first obstacle with the ground far, far beneath you (around 35 feet below you, in fact).

In no time at all you’ll start getting into the swing of things (quite literally).

Those trembles will start easing off and the whole height thing won’t both you anymore. Your inner Tarzan will be unleashed and you won’t want to come down!

If you’ve already Go Ape-d and want to be taken to even greater heights, why not check out the Tree Top Adventure in London’s Trent Park, which reaches a towering 16 metres at its highest point? Or you could head to Whinlatter Forest in Keswick, which is home to the highest Go Ape in the country!

If you really want to reach new heights, then you’ve got to take a trip to Grizedale Forest.

Zip Trekking AdventureNot only does it boast our highest zip platform (zip 5 starts 18 metres above ground, maximising air time), but it’s also where you’ll find our one and only Zip Trekking Adventure!

Tackling tree-top obstacles is one thing; soaring above the dramatic Douglas Firs of Grizedale Forest, with stunning views of the valley, is another! Instead of hanging out in the tree-tops, you’ll be flying over them via a tandem of seven zip wires! Sound fun? Of course it does!

If you go on a Zip Trekking Adventure, you’ll cover around 3km of ground and will be in the air for around 2 hours in total – that’s plenty of time to master the art of human flight!

As well as enjoying zip, after zip, after zip, a Zip Trekking Adventure includes a 20 minute hike through one of the UK’s most dramatic forests, plus a ride in one of the Go Ape Land Rovers, up winding mountain roads to the first zip line.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your zip-tastic Go Ape Adventure today!

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!

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