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Taking the Go Ape Challenge during COVID19 restrictions

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August 24, 2020

Last year we visited Go Ape in Southampton to take on their Tree Top Adventure challenge.

Situated in Itchen Valley, Go Ape Southampton is one of their highest adventures in the south designed for kids and they loved it last year, but Isaac is my fearless one and has been keen to try the Tree Top Challenge adult course ever since and this summer he is finally tall enough to take part.

I booked Isaac and Kian onto the Tree Top Challenge course, whilst Eliza, Sebby did the Tree Top Adventure course with Dad.

Being an outside activity, it is fairly easy to social distance once in the trees, but they do have some added precautions.

COVID19 restrictions on the ground:

They positively encourage social distancing with signage, a queuing system and ground markers. Older customers are guided how to fit there own harnesses, with a check done by an instructor wearing a face shield. There is also a handwash/sanitiser stations set up at the cabin.

COVID19 restrictions in the trees:

Groups are being managed so it’s one household or bubble per stockade and platform on the course. This worked well on the adult course, but some of the younger visitors wanted to race around, so needed closer supervision from their accompanying adults. The staff were also great at reminding them from below.

Tree Top Challenge Course at Go Ape Southampton

The main difference between the Tree Top Challenge Course and the Tree Top Adventure course is the difficulty. The minimum height of participants is 140cm, due to the reach required on some of the obstacles.

Isaac was just tall enough and although he loved every minute, he had to push himself to complete some of the challenges.

The highest platform on the Tree Top Challenge course is a staggering 12m above the ground and the longest zipwire is 200m long!

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The other major difference, is that you have to self belay. This means that you have to physically clip yourself on and off each obstacle, but full training is given before you start.

Tree Top Adventure Course at Go Ape Southampton

The Tree Top Adventure course is designed for younger adventurous, although don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security, the highest platform is still 7.6m above the ground.

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The first part of the course involves a few aerial challenges including walking through a hanging net, zig zags, the flying carpet and a fun 104.9m zip line at the end, all on a continuous belay, so no clipping yourself on and off each challenge.

Once you have come down the zip line, you can choose to do the first course again, or challenge yourself to the slightly harder second course.

The kids were over the moon to be greeted by their certificates at the end of the course.

The Tree Top Adventure takes an hour, whilst the Tree Top Challenge course is 2-3 hours, which is worth bearing in mind if you are booking both courses.

Luckily there is plenty to do at Itchen Valley, with a two large adventure parks and a play trail, which Sebby and Eliza really enjoyed, as they could see Kian and Isaac up in the trees.

The Tree Top Adventure costs £19 per person and is suitable for children over 1m in height, with children aged under 6 supervised by an adult on the course. The Tree Top Challenge course costs £26 per person, with a minimum age of 10 years and height 140cm. Under 15’s must be accompanied by an adult.

I found discount vouchers at www.hampshireattractions.co.uk/ which are valid for both Southampton and Moors Valley sites.

Disclaimer: We were invited to review the Tree Top Challenge Course. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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    Samantha Donnelly

    August 25, 2020

    I always hear such great things about Go Ape, there is one literally down the road from me but we have never been before

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    SARAH L FLANAGAN

    August 25, 2020

    I have heard so many good things about this place! It looks like so much fun for the kids!

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    Rebecca Smith

    August 25, 2020

    I am glad they are being so responsible when it comes to socially distancing and bubbles. Go Ape is such a fun day out, I’d love to take Jack one day!

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 25, 2020

    Go Ape are always absolutely amazing aren’t they? I love how they have set it up during this time it sounds like they are being really good with it all and still allowing people to have lots of fun.

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    Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    August 26, 2020

    Nice place to have fun outdoors. Your kids sure looked like they had a lot of fun. I am glad that business like this ensure safety of their patrons. If we could be there, I’d love to take my grandson for some outdoors activity like that.

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    Liam | Whatthedadsaid

    August 26, 2020

    When we did Go ape near us it was excellent, its challenging but rewarding, i was impressed in how my eldest approached it, even with a couple of nervous moments she got through it, its a bit of work out and pushes your boundaries, well worth doing.

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    Beth Sachs

    August 26, 2020

    We LOVE go ape. Our last visit was cancelled just before lockdown so the kids are keen to get back soon to our nearest one in Exeter.

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    Kacie Morgan

    August 26, 2020

    We have a Go Ape near Cardiff and I’ve never been but it looks like SO much fun, for kids and adults alike.

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    Rhian westbury

    August 26, 2020

    I’ve been wanting to go to Go Ape for a long time, but I’m not the fittest so I’m sure I’d find it tougher than the kids x

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    Emma

    August 26, 2020

    Ooh, we love GoApe, Hannah wanted to go for her birthday, but she’s just short of the 140cm so we though we’d wait a few weeks. Great to know about the discount vouchers too!

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    Kira

    August 30, 2020

    We’ve never done go ape but I’ve wanted to book the girls for the longest time . Think we might give It a go before the holidays are up

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Are we nearly there yet? is a new online blog run by me, Kara Guppy, and is named as such thanks to my daughter Eliza who always asks that very question when we are less than 5 minutes up the road heading off on our adventures. You may know me from my other family blog chelseamamma.co.uk