Swing through the trees through lovely forest scenery, using tree top wires, crossings and zipwires. All Go Ape! sites have classic tree top adventure courses for ages 10+ (who must also be a minimum of 1.4m); others have facilities for younger kids, or different types of adventures.
Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure
The ‘classic’ Go Ape! 2-3hr tree-top course for everyone over 10 years old AND 1.4m tall, involving climbing 9m rope ladders, clambering up nets, swinging through trees, whizzing down super-fast zipwires and tackling very high ropebridges. Instructors are always available, a thorough 30-minute safety briefing and training is included. Under 16s need to be supervised by a participating adult.
See our review of a Tree Top Adventure in Kent.
Go Ape! Tree Top Junior
A 1hr course for younger explorers, including canopy exploring, trail-blazing and obstacles. They’re aimed at Junior Tarzans from 6 to 12 but if your child is younger than 6 but over 1m and agile and confident with heights, then they can still go on the course if an adult is with them (the ratio is 1 adult to 2 children under 6 BUT it is advisable to have 1 adult per child on the first visit), and over-12s can also take part. Adults are not required to accompany over 6s on the course but are welcome to join in if they need support.
Midweek during term time is the best option for your first visit as the course will be much quieter while older children are at school.
Available at Moors Valley near Bournemouth, Thetford Forest near Brandon in Suffolk, Leeds Castle near Maidstone, Tilgate Park in Crawley, Alice Holt Forest near Farnham and Bedgebury Forest near Tunbridge Wells, plus other locations around the UK.
See our review of Tree Top Junior in Suffolk.
Unique self-balancing electric Segways available for over 10s who weigh more than 7 stone are great way to get off the beaten track and have fun exploring the rugged forest terrain.
10-15 year olds must be supervised by an adult. Ratio is 1 adult to 3 under-16s.
16-17 year olds can ride unsupervised but are not able to supervise younger children.
Available at Black Park (Buckinghamshire), Bracknell (Berkshire), Cannock Chase (Staffordshire), Dalby (Yorkshire), Delamere (Cheshire), Moors Valley (Dorset), Grize Dale (Cumbria), Sherwood Pines (Nottinghamshire), Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire) and Thetford Forest (Suffolk).
See our review of a Forest Segway Experience in Cheshire.
Zip Trekking Adventure
Zip your way through the forest, admiring the stunning views around you in the only location that currently offers this activity - Grize Dale Forest in Cumbria. Following a 20-minute walk uphill, Land Rovers take you onto the start of the Zip Wire adventure, taking you on 7 different zips back down to the car park area over a 2-hour period.
Suitable for those over 13 years old, minimum 4ft 7in and minimum 7 stone in weight.