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Ten ways to Prepare for your Go Ape Visit 

If you’re reading this, then hopefully you should have already booked your Go Ape experience and will be excitedly anticipating your visit! While you whittle away the time between now and adventuring in the forest, here are just a few tips to make sure you’re prepared for your visit.  
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1. Complete your disclaimer

Part of the fun of Go Ape is getting out of your comfort zone. Our activities, therefore, come with some inherent risk, that's why we require a completed disclaimer for every participant. You sign it to say you, and anyone you're signing for has read the safety rules and advice and accept the risks involved with the activity. 

The person that booked your activity will have been e-mailed a link to the disclaimer for your chosen Go Ape location. You can also find it on our web pages for each location's activities


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2. Layers are great! 

As you know, British weather can often change in a heartbeat, so it's worth being prepared for all temperatures. Bring along a fleece and a couple of extra layers. In the worst-case scenario, you'll just have to leave them in the car. Spares can also be helpful if you get a bit muddy during your Go Ape adventure – it's nature's war paint, after all!

3. Add your waterproofs to your rucksack – just in case!

Regardless of the forecast, always try and bring a waterproof coat, a mac, or a pair of waterproof trousers - if you're feeling very prepared. It's always better to be prepared than caught out by a sudden shower.

4. Dig out your gloves and winter woollies 

If the weather forecast is looking a bit chilly, why not dig out your winter woollies and wrap up warm? Since it's officially hat season, bring along a scarf, hat, and gloves to enjoy your cosy style. Don't worry if you forget. You can always purchase Go Ape's stylish gloves or hats on the day.

Even on a warm day, we recommend wearing gloves, in fact, we often hear customers that haven't worn gloves mention that they wish they had. Climbing through the treetops, clinging onto ladders, obstacles, and ropes will be much more comfortable if you do.

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5. Bring along a pair of sunglasses 

Even in the winter, the sun is still quite harsh, so it can be a good idea to bring along a pair of sunglasses. Also, if you're taking part in a Segway experience, they can help keep any dust out of your eyes!

6. Be sure to pack plenty of food and drink 

Unsurprisingly, our adventures are often pretty active, and it's worthwhile bringing plenty of water and snacks with you to keep you hydrated and happy before and after. During you're adventure, you'll find water stations around our activities. It's on the house!

7. Check out what else is on offer at the forest 

Our sites are situated in many interesting places with lots of other activities available in the forests. For instance, at Moors Valley, why not ride the steam train, rent or bring bikes or walk your dog around our many lush forest trails.

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8. Research the area around our site

Go Ape sites are situated amongst acres of stunning woodland, moorland, and mountains, and it is well worth researching the location you will be visiting. Then, after your adventure, you can have a wander around the Great British countryside and find a scenic picnic spot.

9. Bring change for the car park 

This may sound mundane but remember to bring along some change for the car park. Due to COVID, many, but not all sites, rely on card payments, but it is worth making sure that you have some cash just in case.

10. Wear Sensible Shoes 

The most important thing to remember is to wear sensible shoes! Check out the rules and advice for the activity you will be participating in, and make sure you follow them. Wear closed-toe and heel shoes with a good grip (and you don’t mind getting a little muddy).

And … once you’ve completed your first adventure

  We’ve got 35 more locations around the UK so once you’ve tackled your first course why not start planning the next one!  

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