Calling all adventure junkies – Go Ape is coming to Temple Newsam and it’s going to be wicked!
It was back in October 2016 that we first told you about plans to bring treetop adventure park Go Ape to Leeds. Originally, they were hoping to open at Roundhay Park, but opposition scuppered their plans and they found themselves looking for a new playground – Temple Newsam fitted the bill. Now their planning application has finally been approved, so there will soon be a major new attraction in Leeds.
So what can you expect? Well, it’s going to be very much in the same vein as all their other centres – they have 31 around the UK, so if you’ve been to Go Ape before, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for. But just in case you haven’t, it’s a mix of Tarzan swings, zip wires and high rope obstacles. You’ll take on the criss crossing, which will put your balance and agility to the test as you move from one floating cross to the next. And let’s not forget the spider’s web – it’s a cargo net and it’ll take all your strength to clamber across it.
It’s not just for adults either – every Go Ape adventure park has a juniors option, so you can treat the kids to an awesome day out, and one that’s just a bus ride away. It’s designed for kids aged 6 to 10 (older kids can go on the adult course, but they’ll need to be supervised). Don’t worry, everyone gets a 30-minute safety briefing and kids need to be supervised by an adult.
The adult adventure can take up to three hours, while junior adventures are just one-hour long including the safety briefing, so while you can certainly tire out the kids ready for an early bedtime, they won’t be too exhausted to finish the course. And they’ll love every minute of it as they take on zip wires, treetop crossings and tightropes, all 4.5 to 12.5 metres above the ground.
The new Go Ape will be built in the Menagerie Wood, which is part of the historic pleasure grounds at Temple Newsam – it’s a fitting place for the treetop adventure park and even Historic England recognised its affinity with its original purpose. Although decades apart, they’re both designed to help you enjoy the great outdoors.
They haven’t confirmed a timescale yet, but we can’t wait to check it out when it’s complete. And of course, the new treetop adventure park will also help to raise revenue, which the Council is planning to plough back into the Temple Newsam estate.