Good option for entertaining the family in post-pandemic school holidays

Good option for entertaining the family in post-pandemic school holidays

AS we’re still getting to grips with the realities of a post-pandemic lifestyle – while the rest of the school holidays span ahead of us – there are now fewer ways that we’re comfortable in spending our family time.

So when Go Ape in Coventry recently reopened after lockdown it presented a tempting option in our ‘neck of the woods.’

Go Ape, Coombe Abbey Country Park, COVID-19, safety measures, Coventry

Set in 500 acres of historic woodlands at Coombe Abbey Country Park, there is no shortage of excitement – but also with a choice of courses for different thrill levels.

My teenage sons and three friends took on the Tree Top Challenge which is open to all experience levels (over 1.4 metres). But this doesn’t mean it’s a pushover for the more confident adventurers as there’s a mix of crossings cleverly designed to test everyone’s limits.

If you’re supervising someone younger, you’re not restricted to following in all their footsteps as the crossings do split off in various places offering different challenge levels while reuniting at the other end.

Go Ape, Coombe Abbey Country Park, COVID-19, safety measures, Coventry

And, despite traversing a few of Go Ape’s 35 courses over the years, the boys were delighted by Coombe’s new elements, such as a dual Tarzan swing and the exclusive Alpine zip-to-zip – a series of zip wires. Exclusive to Coventry, this feature soon has you swinging through trees with abandon, culminating in a 200m double zip course landing. Plummet – a vertical drop from a 12-metre-high platform is currently suspended but, from previous experience, I can report, is particularly exhilarating.


The zip to zip provides a thrilling finale to a course that, in my opinion, helps Coombe stand out from the others we’ve experienced.

For the younger ‘apes’ there is also The Tree Top Adventure (for all ages over 1 metre) and Tree Top Adventure + (for six plus and over 1.2 metres).

Compared to our first visit just after it opened last spring, the woodland area has matured and now and, more than ever, participants feel like they’re truly swinging in the trees.

But, in a new climate of cautiousness that’s been forced upon us, did we feel reassured by Go Ape’s COVID safety measures?

The equipment is regularly cleaned, there’s a hand sanitisation station, screens at the booking kiosk and distancing is encouraged between groups on the course. Instructors also wear visors.

Even the pens we borrow to sign the waiver form are deposited back into a separate container for wiping down once we’re finished.

But it’s the peace of mind of the open air and sensible, yet unobtrusive, safety measures that left us feeling comfortable on the day.

What better time than post lockdown to appreciate the freedom of the great outdoors – and from what better vantage point than the canopies of beautiful Coombe Abbey Country Park.

So swing on by, you won’t regret it.

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Thrill-seekers. . . this one’s for you!

Thrill-seekers. . . this one’s for you!

SPRING 2019 marks an exciting new chapter for thrill-seekers in the region thanks to the launch of two fantastic new attractions.

Go Ape, Coombe Abbey
Go Ape, Coombe Abbey

From this weekend the much-anticipated new Go Ape becomes the fifth Midlands site to swing into action at Coombe Abbey in Coventry.

Go Ape, Coombe Abbey

And we’re being invited to throw ourselves into this brand new adventure which will feature The Plummet – a 12-metre freefall vertical drop, a dual Tarzan Swing and a 200m double zip course finale.

Speaking ahead of the official open day, on Saturday (April 6th), Richard Harrison, Managing Director of Coombe Abbey Park Limited, said: “Go Ape is going to be a fantastic asset for the Coventry and Warwickshire region and we are very proud that Coombe Abbey is working in partnership with the Go Ape team on this project.

“We’re very excited to see the site opening and I hope to see many people enjoy the course and everything it has to offer over the coming months.”

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If splashing is more your thing than flying, there’s not long to wait until the opening of the country’s newest £36.7m indoor waterpark – right on our doorstep.

The Wave, Coventry

A summer opening is anticipated for The Wave in Coventry – and news of the first two thrill-seeking rides were announced this week.

The Cascade is a fully enclosed slide that sweeps riders through large sections of coloured light. Suitable for all ages, youngsters are able to enjoy this slide with an accompanying adult.

The Crestar ride will shuttle you through two giant spheres with lighting effects – and other surprises – as sliders journey over 150 metres. If you enjoy getting super soaked, this one is for you!

The Wave, Coventry

The Wave is also looking for a team of tidal trailblazers to test both the slides, along with the other attractions soon to be announced, before the water park officially opens. Just sign up here



*** The winner of the Go Ape competition will receive a voucher for two adults and two children (over 10 and 1.4m tall) valid for 12 months.