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What To Wear For Go Ape This Winter

Last updated on: 12/12/23


Keen on a Go Ape escapade this frosty season? As temperature dips, it's important to gear up right to keep warm while you enjoy your outdoor adventure. This blog unpacks everything you need to know about dressing for a Go Ape winter adventure.

Embrace the layers

British winter weather can be tricky to predict, so it’s always best to check the forecast. Brace for chilly temps, gusty winds, and potential rainfall. Dressing in layers is a smart way to adjust to fluctuating conditions. Remember: you can take away, but if you don't pack them, you can't add!

It's best to start the day with plenty of layers: perhaps a base-layer, a long-sleeved t-shirt and a fleece. You can then layer this up with a coat or body-warmer if needed. 

Try to wear clothes you don't mind getting grubby, like non-beloved shirts and trousers – take it from us, avoid white garments!

When you visit Go Ape, you should get nice and toasty quickly; without realising you're exercising, you'll be burning anything from 500 to 700 calories. all that crawling, swinging, climbing and hollering sure works up a sweat!

How to Layer for a winter adventure:

  1. Begin with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep perspiration at bay and retain warmth. Thermal tops and bottoms made of merino wool or synthetic fabrics are ideal.
  2. When it comes to outerwear, it's all about layering. Pick a mid-layer like a fleece or an insulated jacket to trap heat.
  3. Top everything off with a waterproof and windproof outer shell.

Don't forget your waterproofs

Just because it's not raining when you leave the house doesn't mean there won't be a downpour at some point in the day! With so many lightweight, packable waterproofs around these days, you can easily fit a mac into your daybag (this can be left in lockers or in your car). Trust us, it could come in handy!

Top tip: Accessorising for Comfort and Safety

The cold can be harsh on your hands, feet, and face so don't skimp on your accessories! A cosy hat or beanie, gloves, scarf and thick socks are a great idea.

Choosing the Right Footwear

This is an important one. Whatever the weather (even if it's sunny), you should always wear closed-toe, flat footwear with a good grip. If we were you, we'd go for ankle-supporting boots. Definite no-no's are crocs, sandals, flip-flops, or any kind of slip-off shoe.

keeping your Feet Warm and Dry

  • Wear moisture-wicking socks

  • Use thermal socks

  • Consider layering your socks

  • Opt for waterproof shoes to keep the wet out

Go bright or go home

Woman in pink coat on Go Ape Treetop Challenge zipline


When the sky is looking bleak, the last thing you want to do is camouflage with it by wearing grey yourself. Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you have to say no to neon!

Bright and bold gear is all the rage at the moment, and when you're swinging through the tree tops on a Go Ape adventure, you'll appreciate being able to spot your chums from a distance. It's always wise to invest in the odd high-vis garment, as you can wear them for all your future outdoor pursuits.

Did you know that colours can impact your mood and emotions?
Warm colours, like red, orange, and yellow can be associated with feelings like passion and comfort. Meanwhile cooler colours, like blue, green, and purple, cab have a calming effect which counteracts feelings of anxiety.

Look after your fingers

Gloves are always a good idea in the winter months! They protect your hands from the elements, they can stylishly match with your hat/scarf ensemble and, when tackling the high ropes at Go Ape, they will really protect your hands. Don't worry if you forget yours at home, we sell our very own Go Ape gloves at our main cabins.

Luckily, Go Ape is the perfect wet weather activity! Our 36 locations are open in all conditions, except for lightning, storms, high winds and ice (for obvious reasons).

A bit of rain never hurt anyone although it makes the course slightly muddier than usual – we think this only adds to the fun!