Go Ape Adventure Tilgate

Go Ape Adventure: Tilgate Park Crawley was such a great experience

Living so close to Tilgate, I often make the most of the beautiful park and facilities. Whether it is walking the dogs, taking part in the Saturday morning park run event or dinning out in Smith & Western. It really is a lovely place to go

This Summer holiday we tried the Go Ape Treetop Adventure. This is primarily for children as long as they are over the height of 1 metre. But adults are also allowed to go on this one, as well as the Treetop Challenge in Tilgate park

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Booking is simple you either pay at the desk on site or book online. If you book online you currently get a 20% discount off the standard £18 per ticket price

Go Ape is a chain of experiences spread across the country, Tilgate just happens to be local to me

How the adventure works

Your experience lasts for an hour and time slots are booked at half hour intervals. When you book your ticket you will state which time slot you require

When you are ready to go, you sign the safety disclaimer. If you are under 18 a guardian needs to complete this on your behalf. This is also when you get your wrist band which your start time is written on

You are then shown where to get your harness from and helped into your harness. This is 2 leg loops and a waist belt which holds you on to the steel cable course. Juniors depends on size, will wear a slightly different harness which comes up over their shoulders as well for extra comfort

A brief safety and how to use the course and harness lesson from one of the staff is the next thing we did. Your harness has a zip clip, this holds you on to the steel cable which goes the full length of the course

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The Route

You have to follow the cable round the course in a specific direction and route. Once you are on, that is it, you can not get off mid-course. So will need to ensure you are able bodied enough to finish your adventure

There are 2 zip wires which are the end of the cables. This is the only point you are able to detach yourself from the course

For me this was a great experience and I would recommend it

The course did get a bit congested at intervals, especially at the zip wire. Also, you might find yourself behind someone who is travelling at a slower pace than you would like to be going at, but you can not move round them.

I wasn’t particularly tired at the end of the hour, you have plenty of moments where you are standing around. If you are not good with heights then this would be frightful for you to do. I believe you are 50 foot up in the air on this course

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Charlie wore his action camera around the course for some of the way

We were actually testing out a new action camera we used for the first time. I was impressed at the quality of it and it was only a fraction of the price of a branded one. This is the one we have now

Let me know in the comments if you have previously visited Go Ape or have any intentions to visit in the future?

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  1. Peter Watson
    23/08/2019 / 11:22

    We are off to their Thetford Forest venue next month.

  2. Lisa Pope
    23/08/2019 / 11:32

    I’ve never been, I’m sure the kids would love it though!

  3. Rebecca Cusick
    23/08/2019 / 11:38

    Id love to go but waiting til my little boys a bit older first 🙂

  4. Tracy Nixon
    23/08/2019 / 11:44

    We have never been but would love to go sometime!

  5. Mary D
    23/08/2019 / 11:47

    Great prize that anyone would love to win.

  6. Carrie H
    23/08/2019 / 12:10

    I’ve been once – great fun. We should do it more as our nearest one is only an hour up the road.

  7. iain maciver
    23/08/2019 / 12:16


  8. Pauline Hill
    23/08/2019 / 12:20

    NEVER But would love to

  9. Allan Mcrae
    23/08/2019 / 12:48

    Wow really need a camera

  10. Solange
    23/08/2019 / 12:49

    Yes, we have been before. It was a long time ago .

  11. Ritchie Dee
    23/08/2019 / 12:55

    No way. Too scared of heights.

  12. sam pope
    23/08/2019 / 13:00

    nope, never been but would love

  13. sam pope
    23/08/2019 / 13:01

    sounds rather good!

  14. hayley berry
    23/08/2019 / 13:10

    We went to Sherwood Forest one last Sunday. We took my daughters friend with us and she loved it as well. Treetop adventure + and tree top nets they were exhausted!

  15. Debbie Skerten
    23/08/2019 / 13:20

    We’ve never been but it sounds a great place to think about doing so.

  16. Stuart Hargreaves
    23/08/2019 / 13:22

    Probably in the future

  17. Jesse Partington
    23/08/2019 / 13:49


  18. Angela Treadway
    23/08/2019 / 14:36

    looking to go in the future x

  19. Carolyn Heywoth
    23/08/2019 / 14:46

    Never been but would like to go when my grandsons are older

    23/08/2019 / 14:56

    I have been to go ape but it was a good few years ago although it was great fun

  21. Teresa Lee
    23/08/2019 / 15:17

    No, but it looks great fun

  22. Belinda Porter
    23/08/2019 / 16:43

    I haven’t been but interested for my grandchildren

  23. Priscilla Stubbs
    23/08/2019 / 17:18

    I have never been to Go Ape but would love to take the grandchildren, it looks like great fun

  24. KEV C
    23/08/2019 / 18:21

    I’ve never been but am very intrigued by it!! 🙂

  25. Marycarol
    23/08/2019 / 19:58

    Never been but sounds fab

  26. Mel Pennie
    23/08/2019 / 20:00

    No, never been but sounds really good fun!!

  27. pete c
    23/08/2019 / 20:10

    have been to Go Ape (Dalby Forest)a couple of times. staff always supportive, kids always enjoyed it

  28. Lucy Wright-Booth
    23/08/2019 / 20:18

    We have one very near to us and my boys are dying to go. There’s no way you’d get me up there though!

  29. Helen R
    23/08/2019 / 20:31

    We are going next month. Can’t wait!

  30. Lorraine Tinsley
    23/08/2019 / 20:35

    I went years ago with my brother and sister, it was way before the kids. I thought it was great and I’m looking forward to when the kids are big enough to go

  31. Margaret Gallagher
    23/08/2019 / 21:59

    Not been for absolutely ages – time to go ! The boys will love it

  32. Anthony Harrington
    23/08/2019 / 22:03

    no never been, but my little Grandson would enjoy it

  33. Margaret Clarkson
    24/08/2019 / 06:49

    I’ve never been I really should as it sounds such fun

  34. Jessica Jacob
    24/08/2019 / 15:48

    Last time I went up trees, my mum shouted “THERE’S A FULL MOON TONIGHT, LOVE”

    I died of laughter. Cheeky old mum!!!

  35. Alix Johnson
    25/08/2019 / 06:24

    I’ve been to Aerial Extreme at Knowsley Safari but not Go Ape.

  36. Ruth Harwood
    25/08/2019 / 09:47

    we’ve been considering a visit for a while, but it’s my fear of heights that’s stopped us previously, but it’s on my bucket list to face that fear and do some zipwire, so it’s definitely happening very soon!!

  37. Nathalie Taylor
    26/08/2019 / 08:24

    Have never been but plan on going for my Daughter’s birthday as it looks so fun and such a good day out.

  38. Martina Pichova
    26/08/2019 / 12:46

    I went years ago with my partner … now thinking of taking the kids with us for a family day out.

  39. Jodie green
    26/08/2019 / 14:22

    We have never ben but live really close by, tot he one at Cannock Chase and always wanted to go

  40. Angie McDonald
    27/08/2019 / 00:44

    Yes we have been and I think it’s a fantastic outdoor activity for the family!

  41. Andrew Ricketts
    27/08/2019 / 09:58

    I’ve never been to Go Ape but would like to try it!

  42. Sandra Fortune
    27/08/2019 / 18:59

    I’ve never been it sounds fab I would love to take my grandson sometime

  43. Brendan Kirkpatrick
    01/09/2019 / 17:38

    Looks great I’m sure both children and adults would be equally happy visiting here.

  44. charlotte isobelle
    03/09/2019 / 19:10

    We havent been before although it sounds like fun!

  45. Alice Gilkes
    06/09/2019 / 22:45

    I have never been, but I would love to visit at some point in the future.

  46. Isabell Whitenstall
    07/09/2019 / 19:52

    We have visited with the grandchildren. They found it great fun.

  47. Annette Milligan
    13/09/2019 / 16:44

    Looks like a fantastic day out thanks for the informative blog

  48. Susan Smith
    13/09/2019 / 22:41

    Have never been but we did look into going this summer, but never got there, maybe next year

  49. Sara Mc
    15/09/2019 / 02:32

    Looks awesome! My youngest was thinking about going to the Crawley one soon, so your view was super helpful! Especially with the visuals to give him an idea about what would happen on a session. Thank you!

  50. maria
    15/09/2019 / 14:08

    all my friends have gone to go ape and I have told me how great it is so I have been recently looking up the nearest location to me to go with friends and family

  51. Susan B
    17/09/2019 / 13:20

    Heard of it but never visited. Looks really good but getting to their locations without a car is a bit of a challenge.

  52. Christine Caple
    21/09/2019 / 15:48

    Never been but it sounds great for the kids.

  53. James Travis
    24/09/2019 / 13:14

    Never been to one, but looks great fun, especially for the kids

  54. Adrian Bold
    24/09/2019 / 16:16

    No I’ve never been, but would love to! Thanks for the competition.

  55. Anthea Holloway
    25/09/2019 / 15:34

    No, I have never been but I would love to take my grandchildren there.

  56. lorraine kirk
    26/09/2019 / 17:37

    We have never been but we would love to go

  57. Victoria Prince
    26/09/2019 / 19:24

    No we’ve never been, but every time I read about it I think how fab it sounds! I’d have loved it as a child

  58. Sheri Darby
    26/09/2019 / 21:14

    Yes we are hoping to go soon

  59. Heli L
    27/09/2019 / 11:54

    We have never been to Go Ape but would love to go one day. I’m sure the kids would love it!

  60. Dean T
    27/09/2019 / 13:21

    Not a big fan of heights so no, although we do all love rollercoasters and will be off to Alton for Halloween !!

  61. Emma England
    28/09/2019 / 08:02

    I’ve never been but my sister went and highly recommended it and I’d love to go one day.

  62. janine atkin
    28/09/2019 / 12:18

    ive never been but would love to

  63. Hazel Rea
    28/09/2019 / 20:53

    I haven’t been to Go Ape – but it is on my list!

  64. Edward Guerreiro
    28/09/2019 / 22:16

    We have never been. I think once the little one gets older, it is definitely something we will try.

  65. A S,Edinburgh
    29/09/2019 / 07:05

    I’ve never tried Go Ape, but it looks so much fun!

  66. Laura Pritchard
    29/09/2019 / 10:39

    No but I think my son & I would love it!

  67. sarah Morris
    29/09/2019 / 11:10

    Never been to go ape

  68. Phil Bowell
    29/09/2019 / 12:57

    Would love one of this cameras

  69. Angela L Paull
    29/09/2019 / 13:13

    We’ve been to forests where they operate but haven’t had a go as yet

  70. Jennifer Toal
    29/09/2019 / 14:55

    I’ve done tree top track but never go ape the kids would love it I would grip on for dear life

  71. Amy Jo mclellan
    29/09/2019 / 15:52

    I haven’t been to Go Ape but I used to love Tilgate Park – great to hear that there’s now a Go Ape there 🙂

  72. Abi
    29/09/2019 / 21:49

    So cool!

  73. Darren Bourne
    29/09/2019 / 21:53

    No but I would like to try it.

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