I often think that Mini must have been a Monkey in a past life as she’s always upside down. When we were invited to test out a brand new Go Ape course, it sounded the perfect activity for her. Go Ape at Coombe Country Park has only been open since April. There are a number of different courses available, dependant upon your age and height. The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure course is open to all ages, with a minimum height of 1 metre and a maximum weight limit of 20.5 stone. For children under 6 years there must be an adult accompanying them.
Even though Mini could have gone on the course herself, I wanted to have a go too. I’ve never been overly comfortable with heights however I always try to challenge myself and didn’t want to let Mini see me being scared. Mr Mack came along to watch us with Baby Mack, from the ground.
When we arrived at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, our first task was to get fitted for a harness and have a short safety talk. All of the staff at Go Ape were helpful and friendly and put us both at ease. It was good to see lots of staff on the course too who were available to help if anybody got stuck going around. The staff fit the harnesses on to you, to make sure they are done up correctly and safely. Once fitted in, we had a short demonstration and safety talk on the ground. We then had a go to check we understood what to do when we got up high and we tested out the harnesses too.
The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure consists of three tracks, all ending in a zip wire. Each course starts at the same place and then splits off. Attached to the harnesses is a metal trolley, this is clipped onto the course at the start and doesn’t come off again until you have left the zip wire. I have done a Go Ape course a few years ago and I had to clip and unclip onto each part of the course. I found this system much easier and better for children as they are never not attached at any point when off the ground.
The activities around the course get progressively more challenging and higher up too. Mini took to it so easily, I was so proud of how confident she was. She tackled each obstacle with ease and was flying around the course much faster than I was. However, it’s good to know that if children aren’t as confident there are lots of friendly staff available to help with gentle encouragement. It was great fun to do the course together and I felt that we worked really well as a team to help each other when needed.
Even though the Tree Top Adventure is suitable for all ages, there was certainly enough there to challenge me. Some of the obstacles require strength and agility. It was great that this wasn’t just an activity for children with me tagging along, it was certainly a challenge for me too, although a very fun one.
You are given one hour to complete the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. If you complete all three tracks in this time you can go around them again. We finished all three and had time for one extra track. I think it would depend on how busy the course is at the time of your visit. It was fairly busy during our visit and there were a few times where we had to wait for obstacles to be clear, although this was only a few minutes. The only issue with the design is that all three tracks from the Tree Top Adventure, and another from the Tree Top Adventure + all end using the same zip wire. We did have to wait a few minutes a few times to use the zip wire due to the four tracks all ending at the same point.
We were lucky with the weather during our visit. When we started the course it was sunny and towards the end there were a few drops of rain. However as we were walking to the car the rain got much heavier, I really don’t think I’d have liked being on the obstacles in the pouring rain.
As all of the three tracks on the Tree Top Adventure are close together, it’s easy to watch from the ground. Mr Mack had a great view of us and we were able to wave down to him. He was able to watch up coming down the zip wire, and managed not to laugh when I landed on my bum!
The Go Ape Course is located in Coombe Country Park, so it is easy to extend your day out. There is a large play area at the park, as well as a café and picnic area.
We had a fantastic time at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and would highly recommend it as a family treat. Mini is already desperate to return and wants to go on the bigger and more adventurous courses. We may have to find a Baby sitter for Baby Mack next time so Mr Mack can help encourage me around if we do attempt the full course.
For further information on the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Coombe Country Park, and to check out their other available courses visit their website here. There is also a discount available for online bookings made in advance.
Disclaimer: We were invited as guests of the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.