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The Go Ape Guide to an Unforgettable Hen Do

Published on: 12/01/2024

Are you in charge of planning the ultimate hen do for the bride-to-be?

Organising a memorable hen do can be thrilling but daunting. Look no further than Go Ape, for out-of-the-box, exhilarating hen celebrations!

This blog post will arm you with our top tips for organising a hen do that will be talked about for years to come.

The Ideal Location for Your Hen Do

Whether you opt for an urban adventure or a forest retreat, Go Ape promises an unforgettable hen do. With 36 locations nationwide, deciding on a convenient location for your hen do is one less task.

Things to consider when selecting your Go Ape location:

  • Make sure the location is easily accessible for all your guests, keeping in mind factors like distance, transport options, and any specific mobility needs.

  • Each Go Ape location boasts unique activities like tree-top adventures, zip lines, and obstacle courses. make sure to pick a location that caters to your group's thrill levels and preferences.

Top Go Ape Hen Do adventure options

Treetop Challenge



Treetop Challenge is a fantastic bonding experience, ideal for bringing everyone together, making it the perfect adventure to kick off your hen party.

Depending on your selected location, you can spend anywhere from 1-3 hours conquering our daring high ropes course, featuring exciting Tarzan Swings and exhilarating zip wires!


Forest Segways



Our all-terrain Forest Segway experience, is bursting with a mix of twists, turns and straight open trails. Add a whole new dimension to your adventure in the woods as you ride in style.


Exclusive experiences 

Zip Trekking Adventure 



Zip Trekking is our ultimate zipwire experience in the heart of the Lake District is best shared. Fly across 6 ziplines totalling a whopping 3km.

Available at Go Ape Grizedale.


Axe Throwing



Release your inner warrior as you and your tribe showcase your strength and accuracy. Axe Throwing is a great way for groups to unleash their wild side as they aim for the bullseye and compete against each other!

Available at Bracknell, Coventry, Matfen and Southampton.


Challenge Plus



For the real thill-seekers! Push your limits further than ever with Go Ape's newest and most demanding high ropes adventure, Challenge Plus.


The Benefits of Go Ape Hen Do’s

  • Connection with Nature: The lush greenery and fresh air create a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere, a perfect de-stress adventure before the big day.

  • Bonding Experience: Overcoming challenges together, like conquering tree-top obstacles, can bring your group even closer together and create lasting bonds.

  • Unique and Unforgettable: A hen do at Go Ape is a one-of-a-kind experience that will remain etched in your memory for a lifetime.

Top Tips for Booking your Go Ape Hen Do

1. Book your Go Ape adventure well in advance

Go Ape experiences are sought-after, particularly for hen dos, so availability can be limited. By booking ahead, you can secure your preferred date and time, ensuring a stress-free planning process.


2. Add some special touches to your Go Ape hen do to 

Personalise your celebration with decorations, customised t-shirts, or themed accessories. Just make sure your outfits do not interfere with any harnesses (if taking part in a high-ropes adventure) and remember #nocapes. 


3. Document your Go Ape hen do experience

Assign someone to be the designated photographer to record the day. You'll want to look back on these moments and remember the laughter, the thrill, and the bond you shared with your friends. You can even buy secure Go Ape phone pouches at the check-in cabin.  


4. Be Prepared

Please ensure all participants are aware of the safety guidelines and procedures before your hen do. Complete all your disclaimers before arriving and make sure to show up early for a pre-adventure catch up (and loo trip) before the fun starts. 

Go Ape provides thorough safety briefings and equipment, including harnesses for high ropes adventures and helmets for Forest Segway experiences.


5. Can You do Go Ape while pregnant?

The Go Ape policy strongly recommends pregnant women do not take part on the course. Our adventures are robust physical activities which involve a degree of risk. However, we do not want to be discriminatory and ultimately the choice is yours. We are not medical experts and therefore suggest you seek advice from your doctor on the matter.

If you decide to proceed, you will need to declare that you are pregnant and sign a disclaimer stating that: “I have made Go Ape aware that I am pregnant and as a result Go Ape has recommended that I do not take part on the course. However, I have decided to take part on the course in the full knowledge that this may incur risks to my unborn child”.

Group of people on a Go Ape sten (stag and hen) adventure

Booking process

Consider the size of your hen do group when pre-booking. Go Ape offers various adventures and experiences to cater to different group sizes and preferences. Discuss with your fellow hens and choose the option that best suits your group dynamics and adventure levels.

Go Ape also offers the option to tailor your experience to suit your hen do group. Whether you want to include team-building exercises or surprise the bride-to-be with a special element, the Go Ape team will help you create a customised experience.


"loved every minute of it"

First time at go ape for my hen party and loved every minute of it even the rain didn't put a damper on the day I will definitely be back!"

"memories (and photo evidence) to cherish and provide giggles forever"

We were a party of 15 hens and had the absolute best time. So easy to organise and change numbers when needed to. Communication before we went and whilst we were there was spot on.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us have the funniest time! We all ache like crazy now but totally worth it and memories (and photo evidence) to cherish and provide giggles forever, thank you so much Go Ape!!! 

"The long zip wire was a thrill!"

"We came to Go Ape Rivington for a hen party in March and had an absolute blast. The course was so much fun - challenging, but we felt great to have finished it! The long zip wire was a thrill! The instructors were great - made us all feel very safe"

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