This weekend saw us taking to the high ropes at Skywalk Adventure in Esher, Surrey. It wasn’t the first time that we have done a high ropes course. We held my eldests 9th Birthday party at Go Ape Bracknell. However, middle man, who was 6 at the time, never made it off the practice part. He said he would try again when he was 8. As he is turning 9 next month and I was lucky to win a family ticket to Skywalk Adventure through Kids Days Out Reviews, we went for it.
The course is not to dissimilar to a Go Ape junior course in that when you are on the course you need to continue round. You aren’t in charge of hooking on and off like you are on the adult Go Ape course. You need to be 8 years old and 1.3m to do the course so unfortunately our youngest couldn’t join us on this adventure. Luckily he was spoilt rotten by his Auntie instead.
So if it is like Go Ape junior, why would I recommend this course if it isn’t the nearest to you? Because it isn’t as scary for a first timer. Don’t get me wrong, it is still fun and my 11 year old loved it. But for my very nervous 8 year old, the zip lines didn’t look as steep. They took you to another part of the course rather than a drop to get off the course.
I wont lie, he was frightened, but he was also very brave. The staff were fantastic and did everything they could to make him feel that being a bit scared was normal and encouraged him to do it. We went at midday and whilst there were loads of people there when we started it was quiet enough for him to go at his own pace. He wasn’t holding anyone (other than me) up. He was able to take his time and grow in confidence.
I was really impressed with the Skywalk Adventure. The views were beautiful and it is set over a ski slope, which my husband is now thinking we should try too!
Have you tried a high ropes adventure with your family? Were they nervous or little dare devils?
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