The adventure courses established across the UK, Go Ape, where visitors can travel through the treetops on ropes and zip wires, continues to thrive 15 years on.
The project was started by Suffolk couple Tristam and Rebecca Mayhew, after they were inspired by similar adventure courses in France where they saw them on a family holiday. When realising there would be a great market over in England for similar courses, they set up the business project.
The first Go Ape site opened in Thetford Forest Park on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, an ideal location for families and friends staying at any of our Suffolk holiday lodges to have a day trip and let their inner Tarzan go wild on the adventure course. The course challenges include climbing rope walls, bungee swings and of course zip wire lines.
29 sites have now opened up across the UK in places such as Nottingham, Leeds, London and Southampton and also 12 sites are now open in the United States through a joint partnership; a great success since the first adventure course opened back in 2002. More sites in both the UK and US are set to open this year.
The courses are great for families, friends and also corporate groups, as everyone is faced with obstacles and challenges high up in the trees, and then are rewarded by exhilarating zip wire rides. The popularity for Go Ape has stemmed from people wanting something new and different to do in their leisure time.
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