We have 2 sons, and the eldest had been to Go Ape with a friend only 2 weeks ago. We had promised the boys that we would take them out fo rthe day - the youngest had Thorpe Park in mind. His brother had come home raving about Go Ape, so that was their choice.
My wife has a shoulder injury at the moment, so we decided that I would be the one who did the Ape thing and she would be in charge of the camera and stuff.
What an excellent afternoon! All three of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The location is delightful - the cafe is very good (good quality, and not unreasonable prices - but this is not Builders tea and prices!), and you could reasonably spend an entire day at the location doing other stuff.
A few pointers:
It is fairly demanding - not overly, but you will need to be fully mobile, and not be too freaked out by heights
There is a height restriction - my youngest qualified, but nonetheless had the odd atomic wedgie
You will get dirty - there is no avoiding it. I would recommend fresh clothes - or at the very least pants and socks, unless you want to spend hours cleaning the inside of the car afterwards
It is very safe - so long as your kids follow the (excellent) instructions, AND you check stuff. I had a slighly dodgy Carabiner, so it pays to double check
It will take 3 hours - you will be in a group with other people, but you tend to stick to your little sub-group. We found that being the last to complete Stage 1 (the training area) meant that everyone else had cleared off by the time we were getting on to the oher stages. We were never held up, and the group after us never caught up
There are alternative routes to some of the stages, ranging from challenging to fiendish (only kidding), and the supervising Adult (if you have youngsters) must follow the same route as those being supervised.
Overall we loved it. A great family activity, and my 2 kids would go back tomorrow.
Go Ape, we did!
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