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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!

Our Challenge to You: Take the First Step

Take the First Step with Go Ape

How many times have you promised yourself ‘this is going to be MY summer of fun!’? Or ‘this year I’m going on an adventure‘…and how many times have you not fulfilled your promise?

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we all sell ourselves a little short when it comes to getting outdoors and spending time with family and friends. All too often we’re left waiting for the ‘perfect’ weather, or not sure we can push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.

Log Crossing at Go Ape

Whatever your excuse has been, we want to encourage you to leave it in the past, move forward and embrace 2016 as the year you live life adventurously. And we’ll let you in on a little secret – the perfect time is now.

It’s been a rather turbulent year for Britain, dare we say things have got a serious of late and in the spirit of keeping life balanced it’s time to go have some fun. A lot of fun!

Which is where our challenge comes in: Take the First Step.

Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape

It’s how the journey begins after all, and where adventures are brought to life. Don’t worry, you’re not on your own, we want to help you get out there and swap ‘I can’t’ for ‘I can’.

#TakeTheFirstStep and watch our latest video.


Go Ape Three Peaks

It’s official, our Go Ape team has conquered the Three Peaks Yacht Race!

After setting sail last Saturday (11th June) the team has been battling their way against their fellow competitors, the elements and shall we say, a few technical troubles…all to cross the finish line at 6:30am this morning.

The monumental journey encompassed 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling and took our tremendous tribe approx. four days and 16 hours to complete.

We’re amazingly proud of Jerome Mayhew, Paul Love-Williams and Tris Mayhew for successfully sailing 62 sea miles from Barmouth to Caernarfon, 100 sea miles from Caernarfon to Whitehaven and a further staggering 227 sea miles from Whitehaven to Fort William – as well a few stops in between.

Not stopping at a broken impeller drive the crew also had to get creative once again after the yacht exhaust melted before coming into Whitehaven.

The kindness of strangers at the port meant the crew could continue after ‘borrowing’ some flexible piping. By cutting off the melted in/out section of piping and ingeniously gaffer-taping new sections together, coupled with a bit of lubrication from some washing up liquid the team was ready to set of again in search of adventure (and the next team to beat).

Coming out of Whitehaven the team made great progress hurling along against the current for four hours straight. On four occasions the rudder lost its grip keeping the crew on their toes. Yet, against the unseasonably brisk June winds, the yacht averaged around 14 knots, a solid speed for a 30ft boat!

Let’s not forget the other heroes from one of the UK’s toughest endurance races, the devoted runners, Ed Smith and Mick Rimmer.

We have been in awe of their perseverance as they’ve charged up the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland. The stalwart runners not only had to experience hours upon hours of rumbling around in the cabin whilst at sea (an encounter I’m told that is much like spinning around in a washing machine!), they also had to adapt to ever-changing timescales, which meant running through the night…

Arriving at the final peak, Ben Nevis, at around midnight Ed and Mick ran through the early hours to cross the finish line at 6:30am, much to the joy of the team and everyone at Go Ape. Combining the distance of Mt. Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis their running efforts equated to running three marathons in as many days across some of the trickiest terrain the UK has to offer.

Now we patiently wait for the Three Peaks Yacht Race to officially announce the positions for the finalists. A superb achievement by a team that truly eats, sleeps and breathes the Go Ape way of life.

Go Ape Cross the Finish Line

After speaking with a, quite rightfully, elated Jerome Mayhew, here’s a few words from the Skipper himself:

It was an intense, amazing experience – we just had to keep going! Our competitors were world-class and whilst we’re a fairly novice team in comparison we couldn’t be more delighted with the result. Some moments were incredibly challenging but when things go wrong you just have to turn I can’t into I can, and that’s what we did.

On asking whether Jerome would do it all again:

Without a shadow of a doubt.

Of course the team were racing for more than just the challenge, they were racing to help raise money for the Outward Bound Trust.

Your support will help change the life of a young person from a disadvantaged background. For every £200 raised, another young person is able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course. To find out more about the trust, visit

Please donate to support the tribe as they embark on one of toughest adventure races, just head to our Virgin Money Giving page.

We’ll be keeping the blog updated with first-hand tales from the race, including how they coped with 37.9 knot gales! Perhaps we’ll give them the weekend to recover first…

Against the odds…reaching the TOP TEN!

Go Ape Crew View

The finish line is well and truly nigh for our Three Peaks Yacht Race team, who have successfully sailed, cycled and run their way into the top ten in the final leg of the race!

It’s been a challenging week for the Go Ape team who have embodied the very essence of living life adventurously as they’ve made their way north from Barmouth. Demanding weather coupled with engine trouble delayed their journey and led to some very lateral thinking from the team.

Do you know what a broken impeller drive is? No, neither did we, that was until we saw the damage one can cause to an engine! Check out the photo below:

Go Ape Broken Engine Three Peaks Yacht Race

In our leafy world lashings of rope and wire is usually the answer, but the crew had to get a little more ‘technical’…

Fear not, since fixing the engine the team has made a triumphant leap from 12th place to battling it out with some of the UK’s finest endurance race teams within the top ten. With the highest peaks of Wales and England conquered, their journey up the West Coast continues towards Corpach, where the mighty summit of Ben Nevis awaits them.

Go Ape Position in Three Peaks Yacht Race

We’ll be bringing you live updates via Twitter and Facebook – keep following @GoApeTribe for the latest news. Or you can keep an eye on the teams progress via the Three Peaks Yacht Race website here.

The Three Peaks Yacht Race isn’t just for endurance race kudos, the Go Ape team are racing to raise money for a great cause – the Outward Bound Trust.

For every £200 raised, another young person from a disadvantaged background is able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course with potentially life changing results. To find out more about the trust, visit

Please donate to support the tribe as they embark on one of toughest adventure races, just head to our Virgin Money Giving page.

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